PC Doctor January 30, 2015
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Dear PC Doctor:
I want to send my dad a link to a particular website. It has a really long URL. When I copy it from the address bar in my browser and paste it into the message for Dad, it breaks into several lines and they don’t form a good link when he opens the e-mail. What can I do? Is there any way to shorten the text I have to send Dad so he gets to the right website?
Yes! You can use any one of many URL shorteners. They are all free.
Open whichever internet browser you like best. Do a search for “shorten URL.” The ones I am most familiar with are Google URL shortener, (https://goo.gl/), bitly, (https://bitly.com/), and TinyURL, (http://tinyurl.com/). They all work.
Click on whichever one you like. They each will show a window into which you will type your long URL. You can also copy it and then paste it in. The website will generate a shortened URL which you can test (just to be sure) and then copy and paste into e-mail correspondence. It’s very handy!
Until next time… Happy Computing!