Inserting Links

For how to insert "jumps" within documents, see Adding Rules, Jumps (Anchors), and Special Characters

Link to a page by typing or pasting its URL manually

  1. Select the text on your page you wish to link, right-click and select Insert Link. . .
  2. Click the Advanced button to reveal the Advanced input options.
  3. Type or paste (Ctrl-v) the address of the page you wish to link to in the HREF box.
    Insert link dialog
  4. Click OK to insert the link.

Link to a page a by browsing to it

  1. Select the text on your page you wish to link, then in the objects tool bar above click Link > Browse to Web Page. The "Insert Link" dialog will open.
  2. Click the Browse button. A mini browser-window will open, allowing you to surf to a page on the Oviatt Library web site. You can surf at another site by typing another URL in the Address box and pressing the Enter key on your keyboard.
    Contribute link browser
  3. When you find the right page, click OK. Contribute will copy the appropriate web address into the HREF box in the "Insert Link" dialog.
  4. Click OK again to create the link on your page.

Link to one of your own pages already on the web server

  1. Select the text on your page you wish to link and click Link > Browse to Web Page in the objects toolbar. The "Insert Link" dialog will open.
  2. Click the Choose button. A file browser will open, revealing the contents of your personal web folder (see below). ( TIP: If you don't see your own web materials, you can browse to your folder quickly by clicking the "Up One level" icon next to the Look in box:)
    Up one Level button
  3. Browse to the page you want to link to. When you find the right page, click Open to copy the web address into the HREF box in the "Insert Link" dialog. Click OK again to insert the link.

Upload and link to a Word, PDF, PowerPoint, or other type of document

  1. Select the text on your page you wish to link, then in the objects toolbar above click Link > File on My Computer. The "Insert Link" dialog will open.
  2. Click the Browse button to open the "Select File" browser. Browse to the Word, PDF, PowerPoint, or other document you wish to upload and click Select. Contribute will upload your document.
  3. Click OK in the "Insert Link" dialog to upload and link to the file. (FYI: Contribute will create a documents folder in your personal web folder, where it will save your uploaded document once you've published the page.)

Accessibility TIP: Word and PDF documents, and especially PowerPoint presentations, tend to be very large, resulting in longer download times. While some browsers may be able to read these non-HTML files, users may need the additional software installed in order to access them. To reduce user frustration, it is polite to

Insert an E-mail Link

  1. Select the text on the page you wish to link, then in the object toolbar above click Link > E-mail Address. The "Insert Link" dialog will open.
  2. Type the full e-mail address (e.g. elizabeth.altman@csun.edu) in the E-mail address box.
  3. Click OK.

Edit a Link

To change a link, place your cursor on the linked text, right-click, and select Link Properties. You can then edit in one of four ways:

Remove a link

You can remove a link by right-clicking on it and selecting Remove Link.

Accessibility Tips

Important terms:

Absolute address:
A link with an absolute address contains its complete URL, beginning with http://. You need to use an absolute address when linking to pages outside the library web site.
Relative address:
A link with a relative address refers to the linked page by its position in the web folder relative to the page containing the link. You can use relative-address links to point to other pages in your personal web folder.
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Last Updated: 04-Jun-2010