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A Few Handy Tips for Free Republic Users
various FR posts | 10-22-02 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

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:

<a href="">link</a>

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:

<IMG src="">

You stick the web addy of the picture you want between the quotes- like this one:

http://home.earthlink.net/~joebrower/BUMP/BSMETER.GIF

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:

-Link--

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--

A replacement for Wordpad/Notepad:

Cetus Freeware Products
... Click HERE to find out about CNotePad, or download it by clicking HERE. Click
HERE to find out about CWordPad, or download it by clicking HERE. ...


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Naturally, I welcome further tips, links, and useful hints to make using Free Republic easier for all.
1 posted on 10/22/2002 8:57:07 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe
View Partial Source bump!

Newbies this is a must!

2 posted on 10/22/2002 8:59:28 AM PDT by Drango
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To: backhoe; All
Take a serious look at Netcaptor (Uses IE 5 or 6)! Easy way to manage multiple windows and helps with popup ads!
3 posted on 10/22/2002 9:03:54 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Drango
I did get View partial source to work under XP but not the rest of the nice tools with Ie 5.5
4 posted on 10/22/2002 9:05:12 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Drango
Appreciate the bump & comment!
5 posted on 10/22/2002 9:21:31 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe
bump
6 posted on 10/22/2002 9:23:21 AM PDT by Wordsmith
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
This it?

NetCaptor
... Stop Browsing the Old Way - Get NetCaptor! New to NetCaptor? Take a tour. Not browsing
with tabs? Try NetCaptor and you'll never browse the old way again! ...
Description: Internet Browser with integrated search tool. User's may select and search multiple search engines...

7 posted on 10/22/2002 9:23:31 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe
Tabbed browsing in Mozilla and Opera. Additional tabs take up less memory than whole new IE Windows.
And Moz has a lot of great built in stuff, email, HTML editing, Jabber Client, personal profiles, etc.
It's really all I use these days.
8 posted on 10/22/2002 9:40:37 AM PDT by dyed_in_the_wool
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To: Wordsmith
Bump's appreciated- thanks!
9 posted on 10/22/2002 9:41:30 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe
Thanks for the helpful tips and info -- I am one of the ones who will benefit. :)
10 posted on 10/22/2002 9:41:53 AM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: backhoe
Yes!

At the moment with XP Pro and 512 M I have 31 windows open!
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.!

11 posted on 10/22/2002 9:44:57 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: backhoe
bump for later
12 posted on 10/22/2002 9:45:14 AM PDT by Fzob
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To: dyed_in_the_wool
I really like the tabs in Netcaptor!
13 posted on 10/22/2002 9:49:12 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: backhoe
Bookmarked bump.
14 posted on 10/22/2002 9:51:26 AM PDT by facedown
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To: FairOpinion
Thanks for looking, and I appreciate your comments.
15 posted on 10/22/2002 10:45:55 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
31 windows? I'm impressed- this antique of mine slows noticably with 2, and 3 or 4 makes it crawl...
16 posted on 10/22/2002 10:48:36 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe
Another trick:

Put brain in gear before putting keyboard in motion.

17 posted on 10/22/2002 10:48:51 AM PDT by SGCOS
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To: backhoe
Thanks backhoe. Always enjoy your posts.
18 posted on 10/22/2002 10:50:38 AM PDT by spald
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Please buy some curtains and quit walking around dressed that way in front of all those windows....its a polital forum not a peep show.

.

;-0

19 posted on 10/22/2002 10:58:42 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
LOL!!!
20 posted on 10/22/2002 11:00:12 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: SGCOS
Put brain in gear before putting keyboard in motion.

Yet another - don't be a self-appointed "thread cop"; it must give some folks a little power surge to be able to type in, "already posted".....just put ice on it and move on. :)

21 posted on 10/22/2002 11:05:41 AM PDT by ErnBatavia
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To: Fzob
Thank you for looking and replying.
22 posted on 10/22/2002 11:28:39 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: facedown
Thanks for "looking & booking..."
23 posted on 10/22/2002 11:29:44 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: spald
I appreciate your comments- thanks!
24 posted on 10/22/2002 11:31:07 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe
Bookmarked but this stone age FReeper is still using smoke signals. Am I the only one frozen in space and time...
25 posted on 10/22/2002 12:42:13 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: tubebender
Thanks for "looking & booking," and this is a good opportunity to mention this:

Go here:

Ignorance Making You Ill? Cure It!

for links, tools, & instructions about how to contact a pile of different people, and how to send a link to this story right here ( or anywhere else ) to a "mass email" using Outlook Express.


Do be advised that since I increased my volume of mass emails to letters to editors I have gotten return volleys of virus attacks- my ISP filters them out before the get to my PC, but if yours does not, take appropriate precautions to guard your PC.

I take this as a positive- my emails are simply links with no editorial content; so the other side must fear & loath the information even reaching the public.

Want to strike back at the malicious & childish clowns who send viri? Look here:

-http://www.all-nettools.com/tools1.htm--

... for online traceroutes and other help, so you can email all the ISP's in the chain that propagated the virus, and let them investigate.

26 posted on 10/22/2002 1:10:09 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe; Black Agnes
Hey there. Thanks for posting this, backhoe.
I remember how grateful I was last year
when someone posted the link to download "View Partial Source".

I think your link for FastHTML has moved. (I'm now using my notepad file for links and images :)

Is this it on Page 6?
http://www.winsite.com/tech/html/page6.html

I have a tip for those pesky dead links that always make you wonder, hmmm why was this page pulled?
Simply go to the WayBack Machine at www.archive.org.
They archive back to 1996 and list all updates
to web pages by month and year.

www.archive.org


27 posted on 10/23/2002 7:37:10 AM PDT by madfly
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To: backhoe
Must have partial source at home...thanks!
28 posted on 10/23/2002 7:43:33 AM PDT by FourtySeven
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To: backhoe
How about posting the info for using the FR "pager"?
29 posted on 10/23/2002 7:58:22 AM PDT by justshe
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To: backhoe
bttt
30 posted on 10/23/2002 7:59:21 AM PDT by madfly
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To: backhoe
I've been on the internet since before there was really a "World Wide Web"...I'm still a computer IDIOT but I've gotten fairly good at figuring-out how to make links and/or pictures on other message board...

I've been posting on Free Republic for over a year now...And lurked for well over a year before that...And still...THIS IS THE SINGLE MOST CONFUSING MESSAGE BOARD I HAVE EVER BEEN ON!!!

Yes, this is a topic for another post but I'll go on...

I've given a link to this site to numerous "Net Friends"...Each and EVERY ONE comes back and says that they can't understand how to use this place and just give up and go away...I almost did the same but being the Political Junkie and Broken Glass Republican that I am, I didn't give up...And now I know how to post and can get around pretty good (Although I still have NO IDEA of how to use the "Subscribe" feature....)

Anyway...I am POSITIVE we are missing a LOT of good contributors because this place is so WEIRD!! And maybe that's by design...Maybe it keeps out the Riff-Raff...I don't know...

/Rant

So anyway......I still can't post links or pictures here...It's just SO WEIRD!!! (I've NEVER been to a board where you have to put a "P" surrounded by <> just to make a new paragraph!! My request is this...

Please tell me how to post pics and links...And please do it this way....

Put all those wierd commands (http///.href<>blahblah) on the front and end of the example and then type "PUT THE LINK OF THE URL OR THE PICTURE RIGHT HERE" (But exclude the "'s otherwise I'll think I have to add them too). Maybe by doing that, I'll learn how to do it.

And please don't confuse me by adding that thing where you get to name the link anything you want...That just just makes things worse.

Thanks a lot!
31 posted on 10/23/2002 8:02:40 AM PDT by Johnny Shear
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thanks!!!
32 posted on 10/23/2002 8:15:50 AM PDT by tax
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To: madfly
Appreciate the information- thanks!
33 posted on 10/23/2002 10:03:06 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: FourtySeven
Thanks for looking!
34 posted on 10/23/2002 10:03:59 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: justshe
How about posting the info for using the FR "pager"?

I would- if I had it!

Anyone else?

35 posted on 10/23/2002 10:05:10 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: Johnny Shear
OK... type this line as shown, into a notepad or wordpad file:

<IMG src="">

You stick the web addy of the picture you want between the quotes-

To give an example, this addy-
http://home.earthlink.net/~zeroxing/911WAR.jpg
pasted between the quotes becomes:


36 posted on 10/23/2002 10:13:36 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: All
The pager:

+++ Free Republic "Pager" Window Notifies You when you get Replies and Mail +++

37 posted on 10/23/2002 10:42:57 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe
OK...Here we go!
38 posted on 10/23/2002 12:28:32 PM PDT by Johnny Shear
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To: Johnny Shear
Well that's cool! Hard to remember, but cool!

I've got to ask...Why is this way of posting a picture totally and completely different from anything I have ever seen on any other board?

Or for that matter, everything about Free Republic?

Is it to keep the trolls in line? It's the only reason I can think of, because honestly...I'll bet we only get about 1 to 2 out of 10 people participating here, of the ones who would like to, but can't figure it out...
39 posted on 10/23/2002 12:31:13 PM PDT by Johnny Shear
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To: Johnny Shear
Hard to remember, but...

That's what I neglected to explain with "type it in a notepad file"-- so you can save it to your desktop ( or a folder, if you wish to conserve space ) for later use. I have all kinds of files with links, some graphics, boilerplate text, saved in files like that for handy use.

A minor tip? If you use google's Image Search to locate graphics, it works very well, but has a little quirk-- when you copy the web addy from them, it has a space in the address ( hard to spot, too! ) and if you don't delete or backspace it out, you'll get the nasty little box with the X instead of a picture. Drove me nuts until I finally saw the dang space!

40 posted on 10/23/2002 1:04:50 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe
That's what I neglected to explain with "type it in a notepad file"--

You explained it just fine...I just don't use a notepad and don't want too...I like the board where I can remember that stuff...Oh well...I'll figure-out a system....

As for the Google pictures, I go to the source after finding them on Google...A while back, I used the google pic and they worked...Then, all of the sudden, those pics I had used were red x's...So I started clicking all the way through to the original page and all is fine...I assumed google changed the pics every once in a while...Maybe your explanation went into effect between the time I originally used them and when they went bad....

Anyway......Thanks for your help. And please, how do I do URLs? (Without the naming part...That REALLY confuses me!)

41 posted on 10/23/2002 1:45:33 PM PDT by Johnny Shear
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To: Johnny Shear
Johnny, I'm not clear about what you mean regarding URL's... perhaps you could re-word it & I'll get it, but no rush- I have to sign off in a few minutes; back in the AM.
42 posted on 10/23/2002 5:32:24 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe
Posting a link to something...On other boards I just type [URL]Copy and paste an url to something[/URL]

And some really cool board do it automatically...And even allow you to name the link automatically.
43 posted on 10/23/2002 5:59:17 PM PDT by Johnny Shear
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To: backhoe
I'm ignoring this thread. Plus, because I'm not logged on, I won't be able to post a reply anyway.

5.56mm

44 posted on 10/23/2002 6:04:17 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Johnny Shear
OK... just save this line for later copy & pasting:

<a href="">link</a>

...when you find a web address you want to link, stick the addy between the "" marks, replace that "link" with whatever you want for a title ( or re-copy the addy, or copy something from the page- which is what I usually do... ) and viola!-- you have a link.

That's where the "two-browser trick" comes in handy-- you "keep your place" here with the first one, and use the other one to go to the other address you want to link...

45 posted on 10/24/2002 1:03:19 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: All
Freerepublic features (the run-down)
46 posted on 10/26/2002 6:28:38 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: All
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/757944/posts
Reference HTML Cheatsheet
WebMonkey ^ | 9.26/2002 | N/A
 

47 posted on 11/07/2002 4:57:28 PM PST by backhoe
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To: backhoe
I can't beleive you would have a thread running, without some links to

"the dark side" of the Clintons and their crimes on our country!

Repent Backhoe, Repent!

48 posted on 11/07/2002 5:05:02 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: DainBramage
Hullo, Dain... well, shoot, I have to rest up sometimes from my role of Hectoring, Hammering, and Hounding the clintons and all their enablers into silence...
( I know that's not a precise quote... it was "harried" and dam' if I could figure if the spelling in the proper tense was "harrying" or what... the dog got me up at 3 this morning to tree a 'possum and I'm about ready to quit! )
49 posted on 11/07/2002 5:17:18 PM PST by backhoe
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To: backhoe
Don't quit! Harried is perfectly understandable to me, and thats all I ever require.

Take a break Man! Want me to rub your shoulders?.... You sissy!

I got up at 3:30 to see honeybear off to the airport and I'm not crying.

I am however gonna go drink a brewski and hit the sack at 8:30 my time.

I'm gonna get some lipstick and put it on the pillow for a conversation starter

for when the little one returns.

50 posted on 11/07/2002 5:25:38 PM PST by DainBramage
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