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Learn. Center - Chapter 8
The Links Toolbar
This toolbar is used for all linking functions, ie link to another page on your website, link to an image on your website, linking to objects on your pages, email links and linking to pages or files on another website. Linking to objects on your pages and email links are explained in Chapter 9.
There are 4 sections in the Links Toolbar: Link, Anchor, Window and Browse
Button. Anchor is explained in Chapter 9. Notice the inactive Link area says: (to enable this select item or highlight text).
Text Link Colors
There are two basic text link colors that can be controlled:
Normal Link Color (active link) and Visited Link Color.
The colors of text links are controlled by the HTML code of the webpage. Cool Page automatically makes the HTML code for text link colors.
Note - Most web browsers have a setting whereby the user can choose his own link colors regardless of what the HTML code states.
Choose the colors of your text links in the Page Properties window:
Linking to Another Page on Your Website
In order to link to another page you must first create the other page. Follow the instructions as given in Chapter 2 to start a new page. Make sure that this second page is NOT named index. Give this second page a unique name, anything other than index. Names should contain only letters, digits, and underscores--no spaces. Avoid using capitol letters in page names. Add the page content (text and images) and save the page when you are finished building it.
You now have two separate webpages, index and the other page. In this lesson we will call the second page "page2".
Open your index page. Select some text or select an image that will link to page2 of your website. To select text, move the mouse cursor over the text to highlight it. To select an image, click it one time.
Selected Text Selected Image
Selecting some text or selecting an image automatically activates the
Click the Browse... button to open the Link selected item to....window. (below) Choose the page and press the Open button.
The selected item automatically is entered into the Link: area of the Links Toolbar:
C:\My Documents\My Webpages\page2.cpg
When the selected item is entered in the Link: area the Window: area activates. Choose one of the items in the dropdown list. These selections control how and where the linked page will open.
top = current browser window and sets title of window.
self = current browser window and does not change title
new = a new browser window.
That's all there is to linking to another page on your website. Repeat the above procedure to link to other pages on your website.
(note: do not forget to Publish the pages you are linking to!)
Linking to Images or Files
Select some text or select an image on your page. Use the Browse... button on the Links Toolbar to locate the image you want to link to.
Linking to Page or Files on Another Website
Type the full URL (address) of the page as it would appear in the Address Bar (location bar) of a web browser. The Browse... button is NOT used.
Linking to Downloads (with note about Adobe PDF format)
Use the Wizard in the Help Menu of Cool Page to do links to anything such as links to music, download files, video etc. or just follow the instructions for Linking to Images or Files above. When you Publish your page, the file downloads that you have linked to will get uploaded with your page.
Note: Link to PDF Files? Follow procedure above.
Linking to a PDF for download (not opening)? This requires a different approach. If the client has Acrobat Plugin then ALL linked PDF files will open in the browser automatically. This is the default nature of the Acrobat Plugin.
To enable the PDF to be downloaded (not opened in browser) you will have to put the PDF in a zip archive and link to filename_PDF.zip. It would be wise to provide a link to an unzipping app like winzip on the page.
The other option is to rename the PDF to an format not supported by web browsers such as filename.old and instructing the client to rename it to filename.pdf after downloading.
Bottom line is that the downloading/opening of PDF files is controlled by the browser and Acrobat plugin, not the link or the webpage. The above options return control to you.
There is one other option and that is to instruct the viewer NOT to click the link but to use "Right Cliclk/Save Target As" and he can then download the PDF file to disk.