Skip to comments.A Few Handy Tips for Free Republic Users
Posted on 10/22/2002 8:57:07 AM PDT by backhoe
The old posts are locked out from bumping, so here is some new information along with some old, and newer links as well.
Subhead: ( things I wish somebody had mentioned to me... )
1- The Two Browser Trick. Minimize the browser you're running, click on your desktop browser icon and a new one pops up. This is handy for finding web addresses you need, referring to another site for info or an addy, etc.
If you are running IE, a simple ^N [ control-N ] will pop it up )
Say you want to make a link to an article you've seen on this board or elsewhere- pop up the second browser, go there, and when you get to the desired place, the web addess will be in the ribbon window that shows web addresses. Point to it, hilite, and hit control-C to store it in your clipboard for use elsewhere. This brings us to a related area:
2- Keep a file of frequently-used data ( like HTML codes ) stored as a wordpad or notepad file on your desktop for handy cutting & pasting, Example- you want to make a link with an addy you have from #2? Store this line:
You cut & paste that line to your post, get the addy, point right between the quotes ( "|" ) and hit Control-V to paste the addy where it belongs. That "link" can remain or you can replace it with a more descriptive name for the link.
Same trick works for pictures you want to display- the basic code is:
You stick the web addy of the picture you want between the quotes- like this one:
3-Make the process of tagging a file or article you want to post easier on yourself- get an HTML editor. I use FastHTML-- download a copy to try here:
but there are many others as well, keep trying 'til you find one you like. You cut & paste the article to the editor's page, tag it ( adding links if needed )- save it! Just in case! And cut & paste to the posting area.
4- There's a lazy way the "learn" ( i. e., copy ) HTML you have seen that you want to use or think is a neat effect:
With Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0+ you can easily download and install a few cool tools, such as "View Partial Source." Web Developer's Accessories allows this, and can be found here:
View Partial Source
A little more info--
Help with Posting
A couple of other useful tricks:
1- How do I copy eletters/emails without reformatting into HTML?
The computer, obviously, can "see" the tags- how can you? In Outlook Express, hit "forward" and a window with "source" will appear at the bottom. You can copy & paste from there. If you are plagued with "greater than" symbols clogging the page, use the find & replace function of another program to fix it.
2- How do I copy links & titles to an email?
While you are on this board ( or any other ) open a "new mail" window in Outlook Express. Hilite, copy, and paste the web address from your browser box to the new email, copy the title or any other information you desire, and your email will have a link. If you later wish to use the HTML embedded in the email for posting here, the "source" tab in the email will call it up for copy & pasting.
Links to useful software:
-Several HTML Editors--
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So you can load up memory very easily!
May have to restrain yourself as you set it up!
There are features I don't use much , like the captor groups! Have not had much time to experiment with the latest .
Actually I am running the Pro version but not much different from the free version.!
Put brain in gear before putting keyboard in motion.