A hyperlink is simply a link to some other resource. It uses a special kind of command that jumps you to some other content in your web browser, usually to another page.

Most web pages are filled with dozens of hyperlinks, each sending you to some related web page or picture/file. Search results are another easy way to observe hyperlinks; go to Google and search for anything, and every result you see is a hyperlink to the different web pages that show up in the results.

 A hyperlink can even point you to a specific section of a web page (and not just the primary page) using what’s called an anchor. For example, this Wikipedia entry includes anchor links at the top of the page that point you to various parts of the same piece, like to this.

You’ll know that something is a hyperlink when your mouse pointer changes to a pointing finger. Nearly all the time, hyperlinks appear as images or as underlined words/phrases. Sometimes, hyperlinks also take the shape of drop-down menus or tiny animated movies or advertisements.

No matter how they appear, all hyperlinks are easy to use and will take you to wherever the link was built to navigate you to.


Using Hyperlinks

Clicking a hyperlink is all it takes to activate the jump command. When you click on the pointing finger mouse shape, the hyperlink commands your web browser to load the target web page, ideally within seconds.

 If you like the target page, you stay and read it. If you want to reverse back to the original web page, simply click the back button in your browser, or hit the Backspace key. Indeed, hyperlinking and reversing is the daily routine of browsing the web.

Most web browsers also support the Ctrl+Link function to open the link in a new tab.

 That way, instead of the link possibly opening in the same tab and removing what you’re doing, you could hold down the Ctrl key as you click the link to make it open in a new tab.

How To Make Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks can be made manually by adjusting the web page‘s HTML content to include a link to a URL. However, lots of web editors, email clients, and text editing tools, let you make a hyperlink easily using built-in tools.

For example, in Gmail, you can add a hyperlink to some text by highlighting the text and then clicking the “Insert link” button from the bottom of the editor, or by hitting Ctrl+K. You’ll then be asked where you want the link to point to, which is where you can enter a URL to another web page, to a video, an image, etc.

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