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Inserting Links

Absolute Links

Absolute links give the full World Wide Web address of the page they are linking to. This means that your page will find it no matter where it is.

To insert an absolute link, select the text on your page you wish to link, and type the full URL (beginning with "http://") in the Link box of the Text Properties panel. Press the Enter key.

Relative Links

Relative links refer to a linked page by its position in the web folder relative to the page on which the link sits. You can use relative links to point to other pages in your personal web folder. The advantage of doing this in a Dreamweaver site is that if you delete a page, change its name, or move it, Dreamweaver will ask if you want the links on other pages that reference it changed.

Select the text you want to link, then grab the little target icon to the right of the Link box in the Text Properties panel, and drag it over to the page you want to link to in the Files panel.

Links to Library a la Carte Subject Guides

Links to Subject Guides in Library a la Carte (anything with http://library.csun.edu/guides/subject-guides/ at the beginning) should include the tab reference, as follows:

http://library.csun.edu/guides/subject-guide/13-Step-5-Citing-Your-Sources?tab=51

Although http://library.csun.edu/guides/subject-guide/13 will also get you to Research Strategies: Citing Your Sources, using the abbreviated link will cause the page to be indexed by Webinator multiple times, which will make site search results messy. To find the tab number for the first tab of a subject guide, click its second tab, and then the first tab again.

Since Course Guides do not have tabs, links for Course Guides are currently not an issue.

Insert an E-mail Link

  1. In the Common tab of the Insert toolbar, click the Email Link icon. The Email Link dialog box will open.
  2. In the Text box, type the text you want to link.
  3. In the Email box, type the email address.
  4. Click OK to insert link.

Remove a link

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

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Last Updated: 30-Jun-2010