Microsoft Internet Explorer 8

Create a Tiny URL from a Hyperlink

SUMMARY: Shorten an URL for distribution in a newsletter, blog, Twitter update, etc.

Have you seen a link to a great website that you want to pass along to others via a blog entry, newsletter, Twitter update, text message, etc., but afraid that its super-long URL may scare off some viewers? Or do you want to tell others about the URL over the phone but find the length of the URL too long to convey easily?

URL shortener services such as TinyURL can take large URLs and turn them into smaller URLs, easier to distribute. Now with an Internet Explorer 8 Accelerator, just highlight an URL you want shortened and have TinyURL create the shortened URL for you without having to manually visit the URL shortener site.

Most accelerators are from third-party developers. Installation and use of them are at your own risk. This tip is for informational purposes only.

1. From Internet Explorer, visit the following URL:

2. Click the "Add to Internet Explorer" button.

Adding the "TinyURL Accelerator" to Internet Explorer 8

3. Confirm the Accelerator information is correct. If you want this to be the default Accelerator for the "Shrink Accelerator" category, click the "Make this my default provider for this Accelerator Category" box. Then click the "Add" button.

Confirming adding the TinyURL Accelerator

Now when you visit a webpage containing an URL you want to shorten, highlight the text with your mouse. Click the Blue accelerator button. Select "All Accelerators" if you did not make this a default Accelerator. Then click "Shrink URL".

TinyURL will open in a new tab. After you give it permission to read the clipboard, the site will provide you with a tiny URL for distribution.

The URL must be a complete URL beginning with http://, else this accelerator will create a TinyURL that may not load correctly. Be sure to test the created TinyURL before distribution.

Return to the Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 page.

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