How To Shorten URL Webpage Links

Dear Computer Lady,

I love reading your newsletter. It’s so full of information.

I would like to know how to shorten the URL for webpage links. I know there’s software to do this but not sure how it works and which one is the best one.

Thanks for your useful newsletter.


Dear Teresa,

It is actually very easy to create a shortened URL and there are a few online services out there that will do it for you.

First, copy the URL of the web page you want to link to.

Next go to one of the online URL shortening services. I like to use, but there are quite a few out there Google has one and Bitly is quite popular.

When you go to the website, just paste in your long URL, click the button and you will be given a shorter URL to copy and paste into your email message, facebook page, tweet, or whatever you want to use it for.

The Google URL shortener at keeps track of the short URLs you have created and even tells you how many times it was clicked on.



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