How to copy a web page link or URL

Duplicating the linking address (URL) of the web page you are currently on can be achieved by highlighting and copying the text in the address bar, and then pasting it into another program (e.g. e-mail). Below are other ways to go about this process.

Copy an address link on a desktop or laptop
Copy an address link on a tablet or smartphone
Shortening a long URL
Copying a link or picture address

Copying an address using a keyboard and mouse

  1. Highlight the address by moving your mouse cursor over the address bar the pressing the left mouse button once; or press F6.

Address bar

  1. After the address has been highlighted, press Ctrl + C on the keyboard to copy it.
  2. Once the address is copied, paste that address into another program by clicking a blank field and pressing Ctrl + V.
    • Users may also right-click any highlighted section and choose Paste from the dropdown menu.

Tip: Many web pages, including Computer Hope, have a Share or E-Mail link that allows you to share it with friends.

Copying an address on a mobile device

  1. Open your preferred mobile Internet browser.
  2. Locate the address link you would like to copy. Note: if the address bar is not visible try scrolling up using your finger.
  3. Tap the address bar once to highlight all of the text contained within it.
  4. Long press the highlighted text and select copy.
    • On smaller devices, the symbol for copying text looks like two identical pieces of paper.
  5. Open the program you would like to copy the address into.
  6. Long press again and select Paste.

Shortening a long address or URL

Some web pages may have a long URL that can present problems when it is pasted into another program, especially an e-mail. If the link you are interested in is long (more than 60 characters), copy and paste the URL into a web page that creates a short link. Our favorite short link service is Tiny URL.

Tip: There are also many browser add-ons that you can utilize to make copying long addresses easier.

To copy the address to a link or image within a web page, right-click the link or image and select Copy link address or Copy image from the dropdown menu that appears. Alternatively, users may view the properties of the link and copy the URL from within that menu.

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