CTRL+K is your new URL-friend

With the need to have longer and longer web site links, including different GUIDs and QueryString’s, etc – sometimes they can be just TOO long & unwieldy.

Take this example within an email :

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Here’s the website link from the email shown above :

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=7BB3A2A3-6A9F-49F4-84E8-FF3FB71046DF&displaylang=en

A much, much easier (more readable) way to do this is to include a friendly title, with the URL link text hidden away in the underlying HTML / HREF.

In case you didn’t know – the simple CTRL-K shortcut allows you to do this (Insert Hyperlink)

You can do this in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Live Writer, and many other products – also SharePoint Designer and SharePoint Content Editor panes.

Within a Microsoft Word document, you will have to CTRL-click on the hyperrlink, but you’d have to do that anyway – irrespective of the “nice title” or not.

So – before you just type CTRL-V to paste in a website link – try CTRL-K first :

  • Paste the URL in the Address” box
  • Enter a title/description in the “Text to display” box.

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Aaaah, that’s much better :      🙂

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In case you were wondering, here are the details of the specific URL I mentioned above :

Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training (Standalone Edition)

The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training Standalone Edition is designed to help you learn how to use the features of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.

No URL’s or hyperlinks were injured or hurt during the writing of this blog post.

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