Hyperlinking into the future!

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You know those emails you get from your friends with a link to a web address that is seven rows long, and looks like it’s made up of ancient hieroglyphics? What about ‘directions’ on where to find a file on a shared folder from your co-workers? Do me a favor well-meaning person in my life, check this out:

https://www.google.com/search?q=not+helping&oq=not+helping&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.4031j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Do you see what I mean? Why send an ugly web address or file location when you can send a hyperlink!

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Hyperlinks are the clean, efficient way to send your friend, loved one or co-worker(s) to another location without driving them crazy, or having to figure it out for themselves. Not convinced? We’ll lets take a look. I could tell you to check out the main page of our blog at: http://inefficiency.sucks/ (which is an amazing blog, even though you’re getting there in a not-so-amazing way). Or I could hyperlink to our amazing blog! In my opinion, there is no contest, the hyperlink is better.

How to create a hyperlink

When creating your document or sending an email, first you’ll want to select the text for your hyperlink by highlighting the text. You can do that in one of two ways:

  • By left-clicking and dragging the mouse over the text
  • By holding down the CTRL key and using the arrow keys until all your text is selected

Next, you can either right-click and select the Hyperlink option, OR you  can press CTRL + K (that’s right, this is so awesome it has a hotkey).

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Now this is where we get to decide what we’re going do. You have 4 main option to choose from (found on the left-hand side). Let’s go through these one-by-one.

  • An existing file or web page: This option should be used to direct someone to somewhere outside of your document or email. This is also the default option. To use,  under “address” or “link to” (depending on your version of Windows) enter the file location or the web address.
  • Place in this document: This option should be used to direct someone to a specific place inside of your document or email. To use this option, click on the name of the option, then select the location for the link.
  • Create new document: This option is to be used when you want to link to a document that you haven’t created yet. To use this option, click on the name of the option, then
    • Enter the name of your new document
    • Change the path if the default path is not correct
    • Select ‘when to edit’ the document. You can edit later, or edit now.
  • Email address: Use this option when you want to link to a blank email. To use this option, click on the name of the option, then type an email address and a subject for the message.
So. Many. Options.

So. Many. Options.

 

Once you’ve selected and updated your main option, update the “text to display” field if necessary. This field is found at the top. Once you’re done, hit OK and your hyperlink is ready! Want to use more than one word for your hyperlink? Go ahead you, can make the link as long or short as you want. Need to edit or remove the hyperlink? Just right-click on the selected text, and select the “edit hyperlink” option.

 

Pro tip: Did you know you can also hyperlink using a photo?

Yes, yes I am...

Yes, yes I am…

 

Hyperlinks are an easy win if you are sharing information with others, want to create professional documentation, or just want to be cool. Go ahead,  and give them a try on your next document or email. Thanks for reading! If you’ve learned something, or at least found it entertaining, please share this post!


Ilse Ferris

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