It’s Michael again – aka Mr. LivNews – here to talk hyperlinking. For some, the word hyperlink might bring to mind the citations page of 4th-grade book reports. Others may see it as a weird word from the ’90s that crashed with the Dotcoms.
To clarifY: adding a hyperlink means adding a clickable piece of text to a documenT, email OR WEBSITE to send the reader to aNOTHER webSITE.
When I think hyperlinking, this image (<– PSSST! This is a HYPERLINK) comes to mind. Being sent from one digital spot to another. Here are the steps for how to create a hyperlink:
Step 1: Find and copy the website address
Once you’ve navigated to the website you want to use, click the full link (the URL) at the top of your browser to highlight the full web address. Once you highlight the text, you then need to copy that text by right-clicking and selecting “copy,” or by pressing Ctrl+C (PC) or ⌘+C (Mac).
Here is an example or a URL at the top of a page:
Step 2: Select the text to link
Go to your email, word document or website and highlight the text you wish to link. This can include anything from one letter to your whole document. But it’s recommended you highlight one full word or at most a sentence.
Here is an example of highlighting the text you want to link to:
Step 3: Adding the Hyperlink
Once the text is highlighted, right-click on the highlighted text and select “Hyperlink.” Many word processing and email programs also include a “link” icon in their menu bar that looks like a paperclip.
Here is an example of selecting the text and adding the link you previously copied:
Step 4: Add the web address
Once you have selected the “Hyperlink” option, you will be prompted by a dialogue box asking you to input a webpage address. You should now paste the website address you copied in step one by right-clicking and selecting “Paste” or pressing Ctrl+V (PC) or ⌘+V (Mac).
That’s it! Please be sure to leave any questions or comments below.