Internal Links Vs. External Links

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Internal Links Vs. External Links

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Part I -
Adding Internal Links

First of all what is an "Internal Link"?
Internal Links are any page that is within Collage.

Here's how to create an Internal Link:

1.      Enter the text that will become a link and highlight it (or select text that already exists on the page in Collage that you are editing.)

2.     Click the Link button.
 
The Link Window will appear.

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3. The internal link tab will open by default, expand the uml.edu folder and then expand the UML Main Website folder. A list of all the departments in Collage will prompt. This list will include only folders that you are allowed to edit. If you need to link to a page in a department that you do not have permission to edit, skip ahead to external links. 
 
4.      Find the department folder with the page or document you wish to link to in it and click on the folder. A list of all the assets under that folder will come up on the right panel.

5.      Select the asset you desire to link to. The asset name appears in the Name field.

 
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6. In the Target drop-down list, you will need to select Current Window or New Window (see circled area above). Generally all internal links should open in the current window and all external links in a new window.

7. Click OK.

8. The word or words you selected in Step #1 will be underlined and a different color (usually blue).

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9. Press Save to save your work.

10. Make sure to preview the page you just edited and click on the link to make sure it worked correctly. Do this by clicking on the Preview tab and then wait for Collage to load your preview. Note the change in the appearance of the highlighted word in which you created a link. If you do not like your Preview then click back on Edit and resume your edits.

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11. When you are finished close out of the window and mark your task as "done" and send it along for approval.


Part II - Adding New External Links
 
First of all what is an "External Link?"
External Links are any page that is outside the University's website or email addresses.


Here's how to create an External Link:

1. Enter the text that will become a link and highlight it (or select text that already exists on the page in Collage that you are editing.) You can also do this for a person’s name or e-mail that you want linked to their e-mail address.

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2.      Click the Link button. The Link window will appear.

3.      Once the window finishes loading select the external link tab.

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4.   Click the New Link button (circled above). Note: There are more than a thousand existing external links in the External Links Library. This takes forever to load and is nearly impossible to find an already existing External Link that you are looking for. It’s easier to create a New Link every time.
 
5.      In the dialog box that appears, type in the Name of the link you are creating.


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6.      Select a URL type from the drop down menu according to the type of link (circled above).


7.      Fill the URL field with the proper website address or email address.
 
Generally we try to type in the entire web address (URL) in the name and then you can just copy and paste everything from the www. to the .org or .com etc… and paste that into the URL: box. Note the URL: box already has a http:// selected and you will need to remove this from the web address you paste into the box along side it. For example you would paste http://www.labelsareforjars.org in both the Name: and URL: boxes and then remove the http:// from the URL: box so that it now just says www.labelsareforjars.org (and the http:// is in the drop down menu to the left).

7a. If it was an email you were linking to you’d do the same but hit the down arrow where it says "http://" and select "mail to:"

8. Click OK.
9. In the Target drop-down list, you will need to select Current Window or New Window. Generally all internal links should open in the current window and all external links in a new window.

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10.  Click OK.

11. The word or words you highlighted and selected in Step #1 will show up in BLUE.

12. Press Save to save your work.

13. Make sure to preview the page you just edited and click on the link to make sure it worked correctly. Do this by clicking on the Preview tab and then wait for Collage to load your preview. Note the change in the appearance of the highlighted word in which you created a link. If you do not like your Preview then click back on Edit and resume your edits.

14. When you are finished close out of the window and mark your task as "done" and send it along for approval. 

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