Creating hyperlinks made easy
We will henceforth use the term insert a hyperlink rather than create a hyperlink to describe this process, since the hyperlink is inserted into the existing text. The test database will again serve as our example.
Method 1 - Use the Insert hyperlink window
Let's create a link from node C to node B:
- Right-click in C's article where you wish to insert the hyperlink and select "Article popup menu: Insert-Edit hyperlink" to open the Insert hyperlink window.
- Make sure NODE is selected as the Link type, then click Find node... to open the Select tree node window. This displays a miniature tree, enabling you to navigate to the desired link target node, in this case node B. Click node B to select it.
- If you wish the link text (displayed link title) to have the same name as the target node, click OK all screens to create the link and return you to the article, else click OK to return you to the Insert hyperlink window where you can customize the name after clicking the Custom link text box. Click OK to finish.
Method 2 - Copy⁄Paste node as hyperlink
We are going to insert an underlined hyperlink from node A to the Root node using this method. Navigate to A's article and insert some blank lines, then:
- Left-click on the Root node in the tree pane to select it. Then right-click on the Root node and click on "Tree popup menu: Copy⁄Node as hyperlink", or press Shift+Alt+K (for hyperlinK) while the Root node has focus. This stores information regarding the Root node on the TreePad clipboard (not on the Windows Clipboard);
- Now select Node A again and right-click inside its article where you wish to insert the hyperlink. Select "Article popup menu: Paste special⁄Paste node as hyperlink", or simply click in the article where you wish to insert the link and press Shift+Alt+P (for Paste). A hyperlink to the Root node will be inserted.
This method is excellent when the hyperlink and its target are widely separated, or when you need to paste hyperlinks to the same target node in several articles. For further details see Copying and pasting hyperlinks.
Method 3 - Insert a hyperlink to a node in the Bookmarks, History or Search Results pane
The History pane is our example here, but the method described here will work equally well with the search results or bookmarks pane. Please first click the History pane button below the article to open the History pane. If it only contains the current node, select a few more nodes until the History list builds up, making sure node A is included since this exercise involves creating a hyperlink from the Root node to node A. Here's how to do it:
- Make sure node A is the selected node in the History pane by left-clicking it so that it is actively highlighted1,2.
- Leaving the History pane open, click the Root node in the Tree pane to make it the current node, then transfer focus to the root node's article by clicking where you wish to insert the hyperlink.
- Either click "Main menu: Insert⁄Link(s) to⁄Selected Node in Accessory pane" or press Shift+Ctrl+N (for Node) to create a link in the Root node's article to node A.
This method is particularly useful for creating reverse hyperlinks. For further details see Using the Insert menu.
Method 1 is the most universal, since it gives you the largest number of options. Also, method 1 allows you to create links to other targets, such as external files, Web sites, phone numbers, email addresses, etc.
The Hyperlinks section of this manual contains additional methods for inserting hyperlinks, particularly multiple hyperlinks, as well as handy hints and tips.
Now let's brighten up the article by adding some images.
- Double-clicking is the default action for activating (following) hyperlinks.
- If you have set TreePad to activate hyperlinks by single-clicking, this will set it off, so right-click on it instead.