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Subject: links to books
Date Posted: 6/18/2008 6:13 PM ET
Member Since: 5/12/2008
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I've been trying to figure out how people are making those great links in the elephant games to their books.  Someone tried to explain, but I'm just not getting it.  They said they copy the link from amazon, but how do you get it to show up as just the title and not the weird link text?

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 6:36 PM ET
Member Since: 1/14/2008
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See the button that books like a chain above the text box? Highlight what text you want to use, then click on the chain/link and paste in where you want the text, once clicked, to go.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 6:45 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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Hi Susan--

Easiest: Go to the page you want to link to, and highlight the address (up at the top, starts with "http colon slash slash...).  Then hold down your control (CTRL) key, and hit "C" to copy it.

Then go to the "post a reply" box in the forum, hold down your control key, and hit "V" to paste it.  When you submit your reply, the address will show up as the word "link."

Intermediate: If you want it to say something other than "link," highlight the address you've pasted in the "post a reply" box, and type in the word you want it to say.  If it stays blue, you know it's worked.  As soon as you add a space, though, it won't be blue anymore. 

Advanced: When I want the link to read as several words, I highlight the the address I've pasted in the "post a reply" box, and type in the first and last words I want it to say, without a space, and then go back and add the middle, with spaces.

Play around with it :-)

ETA: And maybe easiest of all would be to do it Amy's way.  I've never tried that.

Last Edited on: 6/18/08 6:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/19/2008 11:45 AM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
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I use the method described by Amy above.  Here is a bit more detailed explanation:

1. Type the text, such as the title of a book, into the "post a reply" box.

2. Open another browser window and navigate to the web page to which you want to link.  Copy the URL from the Address window of your browser.

3. Go back to your other browser window to the "post a reply" box.  Highlight the text that you typed that you want to appear as a link.

4. Click on the chain link button in the toolbar of the "post a reply" box.  If you hover over it, it says "Edit/Insert Link".  The Link Web Page Dialog box will appear.

5. In this dialog box, click inside the URL box and paste in the URL that you copied from the other browser window.  This is the address of the page you are linking to.

6. Click OK.  The text that you highlighted and linked should turn blue and appear with an underline- if this is the case, then you have a link.

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 6:21 PM ET
Member Since: 5/12/2008
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ok, I'm doing a test run to see if it works!

The Kite Runner

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 6:22 PM ET
Member Since: 5/12/2008
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Oh, yippee!

thanks so much guys.  I have it now.  It helps to know what the link button does!

Last Edited on: 6/20/08 6:43 PM ET - Total times edited: 1