How to Compress a Web Address

Compressing a Web address is necessary if you want to share a link to a URL with someone else on a social networking site, but you don't want a long URL to get in the way. Many who use sites like Twitter will compress URLs because Twitter only allows posters 140 characters to type. Compressing the URL saves space. But even if you are using another social media site or if you are posting a link in your own blog, the shorter the URL to which you link, the cleaner your posts will appear.

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Shortening a Web address can help you more easily share a link.

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Open your Web browser of choice and visit the Web page that features the address you want to shorten.

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Click in the Web address box and select "Ctrl" and "A" to highlight the URL, then "Ctrl" and "C" to copy it.

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Visit any of a number of Web address compressors. See "Resources" for three examples.

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Click inside the box on the Web address compressor page when it opens and select "Ctrl" and "V" to paste the Web address.

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Click the button next to the box, which says something like "Reduce" or "Shorten."

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Press "Ctrl" and "C" to copy the compressed Web address that appears on the screen.