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Creating a web link

To create a web link from within your text to a document or web page, simply type the destination web address URL (eg starting with "http" or "www" or an email address) into your text area. When you save the page, a link will automatically be created and become visible to the public (see notes below if this fails to occur).

Alternatively, you can create a web link from words within your text by highlighting the words and clicking the link button from the text editing toolbar. This displays a link input box. Enter the destination web address URL that you wish your selected words to link to. You can also click on the optional 'Target' tab to set whether you want the link to open in the same window or in a new window when people click on it.

One way to identify a destination web address URL is to browse to the web page or the document you’ve uploaded that you want to link to, then copy its address from the address bar of your browser. You can then paste the address into your text or into the link input box (if using the link button from your toolbar).

Tip: a quick way to copy the destination web address is to right-click your mouse over an existing link to the address and then select 'Copy shortcut' (in Internet Explorer) or 'Copy Link Address' (in Chrome) from the menu and then right-click your mouse within your text area and select 'Paste'. For example, if you wish to create a link from the text on your Home page to your Gallery page, you can right-click your mouse over your menu item for your Gallery page, select ‘Copy shortcut’ (or ‘Copy link address’ in Chrome), then right-click your mouse within your text area and select 'Paste'.

Note that for video, you can copy the address of a YouTube video and paste it directly into your text. When you save the page, it will convert the address into a link called 'Watch Video'.

If a link with the words 'Click here' has automatically been created for you in your text from a web address but you would prefer that the actual web address is displayed instead, you can edit the 'Click here' text directly to display whatever alternative text you prefer (including publicly displaying the web address). For example, here is a web address fully displayed: http://www.sportsground.co.nz

If your page is displaying a web address in full but you'd prefer it to display other words such as 'Click Here' or 'Watch Video' you can simply type the words 'Click here' or 'Watch video' over the top of the web address in your text area. Note that you may need to click within the web address before you are able to type over it.

Note that this text editor is designed to work with the latest version of all main web browsers. Some older versions of web browsers may fail to automatically recognise web addresses in your text and so may fail to set links with the words 'Click here' or 'Watch video' for you. If you are using an old version of a web browser (eg Internet Explorer 8), it is recommended that you upgrade (it's free) to the latest version to experience the full benefits of this text editor. If your computer is using Windows XP or an older operating system, you unfortunately cannot upgrade your web browser beyond Internet Explorer 8 so you may prefer to download and install an alternative web browser such as Google Chrome.

Note that Google Chrome will automatically recognise web addresses in your text and set links with the words 'Click here' or 'Watch video' only if you manually type the address into your text, or if you right-click on an existing link to the address from within any existing web page and then select 'Copy link address' from the menu that appears. If you instead copy & paste the link address from your Address Bar it will display the web address in your text (not the words 'Click here').