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Don’t know about anyone else, but I hate it when I have to share long web addresses with others by email. Depending on what the other party is using to read messages, really long URLs can be truncated or broken into segments. For years I’ve used the site TinyURL to create a much more manageable URL.

This: http://www.freep.com/article/20120206/SPORTS05/202060332/Red-Wings-backup-goalie-job-is-up-for-grabs  becomes this: http://tinyurl.com/7lnac5u

TinyURL has made the conversion even easier. Just go to their website and drag the link into your links bar. Looking at a site that you want to share? Just click on that little Javascript link and you will be whisked to the TinyURL site and the new, shorter link will be waiting for you to copy it to your clipboard. It’s that simple.

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  • Wanda Doerner

    Thanks for the tip … it’s always good to have options besides bit.ly

  • Deb

    Thank you for the tip. I have a question (I should know this)…how do you get to the clipboard ?

    • Phyllis Evans

      From the Finder, you can see what’s in the clipboard from the Edit menu. To copy something to the clipboard, just highlight it, then do a Command-c on the keyboard. To paste it, use Command-v.