Attachments to replies

By Poppa Bear
Oct 22, 2008
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  1. Can anyone help?

    When doing a reply to a thread, I copy and paste a web address from the address bar of my browser into the reply.

    I had hoped it would appear in my reply as a link that could be clicked on to go direct to the web site. For some reason it only appears as normal text and not a link. Following is an example of what I'm talking about:

    http://www.tinyempire.com/shortnotes/files/ntldr_missing.htm

    Can anyone tell me how to make this appear as a link that can be opened by clicking on it?

    ps After posting this original article, I noticed the web address has appeared as a direct link not needing to be copied and pasted to a web browser address bar.

    Why didn't it do this when I sent it in a reply to a post?
  2. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,492

    Well, honestly, I don't understand why it would not either, but you CAN ensure that it works. When you copy the adress from your adress bar, instead of pasting it directly into the post, simply press this button: [​IMG]

    After you click on it, paste it there, then it will be a link no matter what. If you wanted it to be something like this, then you must follow these directions:

    Click on the same thing (the create hyperlink icon above) and paste the adress. As soon as you hit the "OK" button, it will highlight part of the text. That text is what shows to the users, in my case the word is "this" above.

    Hope this helps!
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    This is a known problem

    Many long URLs are shortened in how they are viewed on a tech forum
    Have a look at Poppa Bear's pasted link, it has "..." in the link path.

    To avoid this issue, here's what you must do forever on!

    Always right click on the link to be copied
    Select "Copy Shortcut"
    Then paste that shortcut into the reply message

    Note: It may still have the ... issue, but this is the point! Long links are automatically shortened. This helps when the link can be 10 feet long (as some are)

    :)
  4. Poppa Bear

    Poppa Bear TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 266

    Thanks mopar man, you're a legend. Never noticed the "sunglasses" icon for links. Unfortunately this is a quick reply so can't use the task bar to add icons.

    Cheers PB (Bernie)
  5. Poppa Bear

    Poppa Bear TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 266

    Also thanks to Kimsland

    Am trying the same link using the link icon. So here goes.

    http://E:\Drivers & Utilities\ISO Files\NTLDR Repair\Fix boot with floppies.mht

    Tried to right click on link from address bar of web site but it only allowed "copy" option, not "copy shortcut". Maybe I've misread you?

    Cheers PB

    ps just checked my reply and the icon link worked. Thanks guys.

    pps it has appeared as a link, but the link doesn't work when you try to connect to the internet.

    Re your reply Kimsland, when you say right click and choose "copy shortcut", what source are you copying from? Is it the address bar of your browser after highlighting the address? Or is it from you "Favorites" folder in the Win OS C: disc?
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    From the address bar, copy is ok
    The address bar does not shorten the links (unless you have pasted one in there)

    :)
  7. Poppa Bear

    Poppa Bear TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 266

    This is weird. I have just opened the web site from my orignal link. However, when I highlight the address in the address bar and right click, and then click the "copy" option; and finally paste it after using the link icon, it appears as, and works as a link in the message I'm sending, but won't connect to the internet. Somewhere it gets changed in the process. I'm adding it again in this reply to see if it works:

    http://E:\Drivers & Utilities\ISO Files\NTLDR Repair\Fix boot with floppies.mht

    ps it didn't work. The addy I'm copying is: E:\Drivers & Utilities\ISO Files\NTLDR Repair\Fix boot with floppies.mht
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    mht ??

    MHT is a word document on your computer that opens with your browser
    This is not a valid link. Except in a document (ie Word)

    If you wanted to attach the document in full, [​IMG] that would work
    (as long as it's under 200Kb)

    By the way, did you really want to have a shortcut on the net to your E:\Drivers & Utilities\ folder ?

    Now that would be a security risk, and a sharing violation
    You need to upload the document to a free server, and then use the link given
  9. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,492

    Poppa Bear, what I have quoted here is what I am responding to:

    What kimsland means by "copy shortcut" or for Opera "Copy Link Address" is only available when you right click on a LINK that someone else posts or any link really. For example, right lick on the Techspot banner and choose "Copy Shortcut" or "Copy Link Address" and then paste into the Address field and see what happens!
  10. Poppa Bear

    Poppa Bear TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 266

    Thanks mopar man.

    I've got it sorted now. I had originally saved the link to TinyEmpire to my D drive. For some reason when I clicked it open, it went to the correct web site, but showed up in the address bar as a link to my D drive. I don't understand this? Anyway, I've deleted that link and saved a new one to the site. I'm pasting a copy of the new link which I've made by opening the web page from my link, then copying the address from the browser addres bar and adding it to this reply using the sunglasses icon. Hope it works.

    http://www.tinyempire.com/notes/ntldrismissing.htm

    When I want to insert an image, it asks for the "URL" of the image. What exactly is a "URL"?

    ps it worked fine. Thanks for help. PB Bernie
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

     
  12. CCT

    CCT Newcomer, in training Posts: 3,556

    Code:


    [ url=full url goes here ]text shown as link[ /url]


    take out the spaces



    This
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  14. Poppa Bear

    Poppa Bear TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 266

    Thanks kimsland and cct. The information fully explains... especially the list kimsland.

    Cheers PB
  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Poppa Bear, please do not create TEST threads

    They will be removed on sight, and you will be warned not to do this

    So, don't do it :)

    I removed your new TEST thread just then.

    You should use "Preview Post" instead of submitting the new post

    This will stop all the testing
    If it doesn't work, just close the thread (without submitting the new test post)
  16. Poppa Bear

    Poppa Bear TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 266

    To CCT.


    Ref your quote above. Sorry I'm a bit thick, but could you type out the exact command you wrote to create the word "list" as a link, presumably after you had clicked the sunglasses link.
  17. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Well post#11 helped you with pictures

    I'll try to help you with Links

    Please Note: When you created your new Thread, just before, you had a link to C:\Documents and Settings\ etc etc etc...
    This won't work

    A link must be a web based link



    Now for an example:

    Here is a link to My "How to post a new thread"

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic114336.html

    Here is the words "Click Me"

    Click Me (By the way, this is not a link, yet!)

    Now Highlight the Words "Click Me" by dragging over them with your mouse, ie:

    [​IMG] (By the way, this is not a link, yet!)

    Then press the "Insert link" button, this one -> [​IMG]

    Then paste (or type) in your valid Internet link, it will then look like this:

    Click Me

    Here ends the small tutorial :)
  18. Poppa Bear

    Poppa Bear TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 266

    Tests

    Hi Kimsland,

    Thanks for info and sorry about posting "Test" threads. Didn't realise that was a no-no, or that the "Preview" allowed you to view the post as it would appear on-screen after it was posted. Will do that in future.

    Cheers PB

    ps Tried it on the Preview pane and worked a treat. Thanks again for all your help and patience.

    Just one final point of clarification. I take it that the icon used to "Insert Image" can only be used to insert images from a linked web site? Is there any way of inserting an image from your desktop? And how did you insert an image of the "sunglasses" icon?

    I've just used the "manage attachments" option to add an image and used preview pane to check it, and it does work.

    PB
  19. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    :grinthumb We are finally getting somewhere! (excuse those words, I just wanted to be clear)


    Yes :) I told you this before, but I think you need easy steps
    Prepare the picture to be uploaded (basically do nothing! Sometimes users reduce the size, things like that)
    Find a free Server to upload the picture to
    Now there are several free Servers, across the net
    Seeming I've used TinyPic before, lets do that one!

    Step#1 Click on this link: http://www.tinypic.com/
    Step#2 Click on that "Browse..." button and locate your Picture to upload (I usually have my pictures that I want to upload, sitting on my Desktop)
    Step#3 Once you locate your picture (using "Browse..." above) Double click on it
    Step#4 Click on "Upload Now" (Green Button)
    Step#5 Wait a few seconds (ie The Picture is uploading)
    Step#6 One of the Yellow boxes says "IMG Code for Forums..."
    Step#7 Single click on the link under that heading ^^
    Step#8 Right click on the Highlighted text, and select "copy"
    Step#9 Come back to your message, and select "paste"
    Step#10 Here's an example I just made! (Following the above steps Precisely!)
    [​IMG]

    Here ends the next tiny Tutorial
  20. CCT

    CCT Newcomer, in training Posts: 3,556

  21. Poppa Bear

    Poppa Bear TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 266

    OK here goes. Have folowed all the steps you set out exactly... much thanks for all the trouble of setting it out. Really appreciated.

    [​IMG]

    Thanks Kimsland, you're a legend and a patient legend at that. I'm 68 years old and learning still. Using the edit personal details option, I set that picture as my personal pic for my posts by taking it off my desktop, and it's shown as such in my details, but it doesn't show in my posts. Can you throw any light on that?
  22. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    :grinthumb .


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