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Subject: making links in private messages
Date Posted: 7/13/2017 9:19 AM ET
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I have lost the code to make a link in private messages.  Can anyone help me?

Date Posted: 7/13/2017 12:47 PM ET
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I'd appreciate that too!

Date Posted: 7/13/2017 2:25 PM ET
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Ok, I sent Cheryl a test PM to see how to do it. And it works.

I never knew you could do this in PMs.

Anyway, the code is basic HTML using the <a> element which is the link element. The way to do it is like this:

<a href="http://www.amazon.com">Text to click on</a>

Where the yellow part is the web address you want to go to

and the blue part is what you want the text to look like that you click on

Mind the quotes and the brackets.

 

 

 



Last Edited on: 7/13/17 2:31 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 7/13/2017 6:54 PM ET
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Thanks Sara.  That's what I needed.  Tried it out this evening and it worked fine :)

Date Posted: 7/13/2017 7:34 PM ET
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Oh wow! This is such great information... thank you so much! This is going to help me a lot!

Date Posted: 7/14/2017 3:10 PM ET
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The quotes aren't actually necessary - you can leave them out and it will still work.

Date Posted: 7/15/2017 12:50 PM ET
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for some reason i cant get it to work

Date Posted: 7/15/2017 4:51 PM ET
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It will work once you send the PM as long as it is formatted correctly.. You won't see it as a link while you are writing the message. But once you send it, you will see it as a link.

Date Posted: 7/22/2017 11:03 AM ET
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Lisa, you have to be careful.  One little space or character wrong and it won't work.

Date Posted: 7/22/2017 6:56 PM ET
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When I did it I copied and pasted the code and then inserted the link and the words I wanted it to show. It worked great for me but I was trying to send it on to a group of people and when I copied and pasted the entire message, it wouldn't work on the next person I sent out to. So I had to do each PM individually with the codes.

Date Posted: 7/29/2017 9:28 AM ET
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Sara, thank you so much for posting this code and thanks to Cheryl for asking about it.  Had no idea before that you could insert links in PMs.  Just wish we could add attachments, too.

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 5:39 PM ET
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Sara, Jenna, or anyone:  is there additional coding that can be used to make the link open in a new window?

Date Posted: 10/1/2017 2:38 PM ET
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Just wanted to bump this up so I don't lose it...

Date Posted: 11/22/2017 3:10 PM ET
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To answer my own question, found out to make link pop open in a new window, add a space and the following code after the URL and before the first > in Sara's code above:

target=_blank