Throughout various programs, the ability to add hyperlinks to any word is invaluable. You find the ability available often with platforms like WordPress or word processors such as Google Docs and Microsoft Word. Rather than paste the entire link, you use a word—usually a keyword that pertains to the information—to provide the link. The word itself is now the link, with the website opening when clicked upon.
However, creating a hyperlink in HTML or an email is done differently than that of a text editor. Let’s take a look at the various ways to turn words into links.
Inserting Links into Text Editors
Most text editors—Microsoft Word, for example—have the innate ability to create hyperlinks. It’s necessary due to Microsoft Word being the go-to tool for writers, especially when creating articles.
1. Start by opening a browser and finding a website you want to create a hyperlink for.
2. Now open a word processor or platform that allows for the creation of hyperlinks. WordPress, Microsoft Word, Google Docs—to name a few.
3. Highlight the word you want to create a hyperlink for.
4. Now click Insert Link. Depending on the platform you’re using, it appears in different locations. In Google Docs, for example, it’s under the ‘Insert’ tab or along the ribbon. However, one thing is for certain, its icon resembles a chain.
Tip: If you can’t find it, the most common keyboard shortcut is CTRL + K.
5. Insert the link.
You’ve successfully created a hyperlink. From here on out, when someone clicks on that specific word, their browser will open a separate page or redirect with their current page.
Adding a Hyperlink in Emails
Similarly to creating a hyperlink in word processors, emails also introduced the ability to create a hyperlink with an email you’re composing.
Here’s what you do:
1. First, grab a link you want to share. Copy or cut it.
2. Head over to your preferred email service and compose a new message.
3. Now click Insert Link.
4. For ‘Web Address,’ insert the link you pulled. Now, you can leave it as is, just display the link as a whole, but you can also link it to a word.
5. For ‘Text to display,’ punch in a word you want the link associated with. When the receiver clicks that word, they will be redirected to the link that was provided.
As you can see in the image above, the link to Techzillo’s website is hidden behind the word inserted into ‘Text to display.’ if you were to click ‘Techzillo,’ you would be redirected to Techzillo’s homepage.
Sharing a Link on Social Media
Sharing a link on social media isn’t all that difficult. In fact, platforms like Twitter and Facebook even provide a preview of the content you’re sharing.
1. Start by visiting the website you want to share the link for. Copy and or cut the URL.
2. Create a post on social media. Right click on empty space. In the drop down menu, click Paste.
3. Publish the post. As you can see in the image above, Facebook provided a nice preview of the website.
How to Share a Link with a Mobile Device
Creating a Hyperlink with HTML
If you work with HTML, hyperlinks can be inserted into a word using specific tags. For example, let’s say you want the word ‘Techzillo’ to link Techzillo’s website, you use tags to hide the link itself behind the word—in this case ‘Techzillo.’
1. Open a word processor of some kind. Microsoft Word, Notepad, TextEdit—those all work.
2. Start by typing a word you want the link hidden behind. This word is what other people will click to redirect them.
3. Now, before the word, add <a>. Then add </a> after the word. By the end, it should look like this: <a>Techzillo</a>.
4. After <a, add href=”link” but replace “link” with the website’s URL and include the quotations. By the end, it should look like this: <a href=”https://techzillo.com/”>Techzillo</a>
Now, if you take that line of code and add it to the coding, it will turn the word you chose into a hyperlink. Because ‘href=’ was added as an attribute, it will redirect the visitor to the link associated with the word.
How to Shorten a Hyperlink
Links can get incredibly unruly. Ever take a look at a YouTube link? They can stretch for miles. If you’re sharing a link on, say, Twitter, all those characters can really bite into your character limit. That’s where Bitly comes into play.
With Bitly, you can take a very long link and shorten it down to a few characters—something a bit more manageable.
1. Grab a link. Copy or cut it from the URL.
2. Head over to Bitly’s website. In the empty field provided, paste your link. Click Shorten.
3. Click Copy. You now have a shorter version of your link saved to your clipboard. You are free to paste it anywhere.