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When trying to add links in my instructables, the link procedure does not work. I have tried everything, talked with Sarah on line, seen others solutions, gone to forum and looked at the same issue.....I assumed it was my computer, but if others have had the same issue, and there is a bug, it's not my computer. so....
What PRECISELY goes in "Link URL:"? Your example says: https://www.instructables.com/...ok, do you put brackets before and after? do you type it EXACTLY as shown? I think I have done both and it doesn't work. Oh, and this message body box, when clicking on link, doesn't show the Link Name. Is link name the name of the instructable I want to link to? Is it case sensitive? can you cut and paste? Cman

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Creativeman (author)2009-08-20

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT! are you guys talking about? I know you guys are trying to be helpful, but this makes absolutely no sense at all....I think I will just live with the issue...linking is not needed IMO. Thank you. Cman

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gmoon (author)Creativeman2009-08-20
1) Copy the URL.
2) Click the link button.
3) Paste it into the "Link URL" box.
4) Click "Add Link" (the "link name" doesn't work.)
5) Now just type what you want to appear--that's the displayed text. The cursor should be in the right place in the reply box after step 4. Easy (well, not as easy as it should be...)
[https://www.instructables.com/ ibles is here]
...becomes...
ibles is here

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Goodhart (author)gmoon2009-08-20
I normally just use the
[ then paste in my URL then my text and end it with a ]

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gmoon (author)Goodhart2009-08-20

Simpler for daily posters, but it does require a bit of "programming syntax" (and must be remembered, too.)

If I'd explained that approach, I would have included an explanation on terminator or separator bytes (the space after the URL)--cause I just wouldn't be able to help myself. And that would just muddy the waters...

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Goodhart (author)gmoon2009-08-20
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Creativeman (author)Creativeman2009-08-20

gmoon, did what you said, see above....the text is orange, but the link just takes me to instructables.com, not MY instructable....buggy buggy buggy......

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gmoon (author)Creativeman2009-08-20
Yes, there's a bug, but...

If you copy the URL of (one of) your instructables:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-Cardboard-Dragon/

...and now paste that into the "Link URL" box:
[https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-Cardboard-Dragon/ ]

... and then type in your link text, after the URL string, but before the ending brace:
[https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-Cardboard-Dragon/ Make Fun Masks From Cardboard!]

... you get:
Make Fun Masks From Cardboard!

It is forcing you insert your link text manually, but it does work... You will need to copy the correct URL, which doesn't appear to have happened...

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gmoon (author)gmoon2009-08-20

Which shows another display bug... Not exactly 'ibles fault--text is either "preformatted" or it isn't...

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Goodhart (author)Creativeman2009-08-20

See Gmoon's explanation: it is about as clear is it can be made

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gmoon (author)2009-08-20

This bug (like many others here) is long-standing. The work-around mentioned by caitlinsdad was also suggested by the staff at one time...

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kelseymh (author)2009-08-19

Hi, Creativeman. I've just confirmed, this is a bug (hopefully the boldface will get Rachel's attention).

When you use the link button, whatever you put into the "Link Name" box is simply thrown away. What you put into the "Link URL" should be a full, complete URL (Web address), starting with "http:". You can get it, as Caitlin's Dad wrote, by copy-and-paste from the address bar of your browswer.

Note that when you do use the link button, the cursor is actually left in the place where you could type in the link name, so if you're careful you can end up with what you intend.

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caitlinsdad (author)2009-08-19
I always open the link in another tab and copy the URL that I want.
In your ible, put square brackets in front and back of the link. After the URL, put a space and the text for the link. It is fussy about using other characters in there so preview to check that it works. I think that add link button didn't work for me so I've always hardcoded it myself.
[https://www.instructables.com this is a link]
shows up as:
this is a link

Lemme know if you want the line to imbed a youtube video. I found it easier to do manually also.

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caitlinsdad (author)caitlinsdad2009-08-19
[[Video(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbdD-D1u4DY&NR=1, {width:425, height:350})]] 

just replace the v=your youtube video id and tack on the rest &NR=1, {width:425, height:350})]]

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caitlinsdad (author)caitlinsdad2009-08-19
  • should be no space &NR=1, {width:425, height:350})]]

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