Using the TinyURL Add-on - How to use

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Jim S, Apr 12, 2013.

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    Jim S Guest

    Jim S, Apr 12, 2013
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    VanguardLH Guest

    Okay, I'll bite. I saw no IE add-on listed at So
    where did you get this add-on? Guess that's probably where you'll
    have to find documentation on its use.
    VanguardLH, Apr 14, 2013
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    John K.Eason Guest

    It isn't an addon. It's a bit of Javascript which sends the current page's URL to
    some PHP on the Tinyurl web site and produces the short link. In IE, it will also
    put the shortened link straight into the clipboard so that you can paste it into an
    email, etc.
    If you scroll down the Tinyurl home page a bit, you can drag and drop the link on
    that page straight into IE (or Firefox's) Links/Bookmarks toolbar.

    John () Remove the obvious to reply...
    John K.Eason, Apr 14, 2013
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    Jim S Guest

    I found it on the IE addons/gallery
    I now know that it doesn't send a page like the Firefox one does.
    If you right-click on a link in a page, it takes you tor the tinyURL
    website. You can then paste the shortened link it in your email client.
    Jim S
    Tyneside UK
    Jim S, Apr 14, 2013
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    VanguardLH Guest

    Yeah, I knew about that. It looked like the OP knew about that, too.
    I already have the favorite/bookmark with the Javascript code;
    however, it won't work if pasting into the clipboard is disabled from
    the web browser.

    I figured the OP might know what he was talking about and actually
    meant an add-on but would have had to get it from somewhere else than
    TinyURL since they don't produce an add-on.
    VanguardLH, Apr 14, 2013
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    VanguardLH Guest

    Be nice if a search on an add-on at that site gave you more than a
    one-liner summary and instead they gave you a link to the add-on's
    description rather than only giving you the install link. When I
    showed all add-ons and went through each page searching on "TinyURL"
    there were no hits. I had to go to Google to search on "TinyURL
    add-on Internet Explorer" to finally find there page describing the
    add-on. Geez, what a piss poor site for add-ons.

    So I eventually found No
    description of the product, no author, no information. What do they
    give for info? A TinyURL short-link but without the "preview"
    hostname so users can see to where they will get redirected before
    landing there, and that URL is in light gray on a white page. So I
    added the "preview" hostname so TinyURL would tell me it goes to
    ies.aspx. Oh joy, the "information" is on some joker's blog (online
    diary). Apparently that entire domain is just for this guy's blogging
    as going to redirects to What's the
    date on that blog? Aug 27, 2008, so this info is over 4 years old.
    That's why I never bothered with getting anything from the IE Gallery
    site as it has ancient and abandoned shit there.

    You might want to use the method TinyURL themself describe where you
    use a favorite with Javascript. You can put the favorite in your
    Favorites list or have it in the Fav bar. If programmable pasting to
    the clipboard is set to Enabled or Prompt in the security setting for
    the Internet zone, the Javascript can take the URL and paste the short
    one from TinyURL into your Windows clipboard. Then you copy it
    wherever you want. You get to skip having to visit the TinyURL web
    site. You don't get stuck using an ancient and abandoned add-on.
    VanguardLH, Apr 14, 2013
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