How to put links in your messages

March 5, 2007

The most beautiful (and useful) part of the Internet is linking.Copy URL Every picture, document, and file on the Internet can be linked to each other so you literally have a “web”, thus the name… Linking inside an email gives us the convenience of showing someone where to find a particular something, whether it’s a picture of junior, an interesting news article, or that funny video (or not-so-funny video) on Youtube. Including a link in an email using Thunderbird is fairly simple, try this:

  1. Go to your web browser and copy the URL (the address) of the thing you want to link to
  2. Open Thunderbird
  3. Click the Write button
  4. Type out your message
  5. Highlight the word you want to use as the link
  6. Create the Link. There are two ways of doing this:
    1. Go to Insert > Linkinsert link menu
    2. Click on the Page Icon on the formatting toolbar and choose LinkPage Icon menu
  7. Paste your URL (from step 1) into the Link Location field and click OKLink Location Form
  8. This will create the link!

link location menuYour link should be created and you can either finish typing your message or send it on its way. There is one thing to look out for though, make sure your recipient can get HTML messages. Linking only works for HTML messages and if your recipient only does plain text messages, they will only see the long URL instead of a link.


How to format strike through text

March 5, 2007

Struck ThroughI recently received an email from a reader asking about how to get text that has a strike through it. Luckily, Thunderbird already has this ability built into its formatting options. Here’s the easiest way to set this up:

  1. Type out some text
  2. Select the text you want formatted with the strike through
  3. Go to Format > Text Style > Strikethrough

Strike Through

There is a second way, which involves editing HTML code, a.k.a the language that all websites use and allows us to put pictures, links, and all kinds of cool things into our emails. The <strike> </strike> tag shows text with the strike through it, just put your text in between the two tags. Of course, this way isn’t as easy as the first, so I would recommend the built-in way.

As far as I know, the built-in method should work, even if the person doesn’t use HTML formatted messages.