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How do I automate making a link using UltraEdit-32?

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I just got UltraEdit-32 Professional Text/HEX Editor Version 11.10a+1 today at work and I didn't get any training in it. I thought it would probably work like other editors I've used, mostly HomeSite, and allow me to make links this way:

1. Select text that's going to show as a link on the web page.
2. Click an icon.
3. Type in the URL for my link.

I looked at all the icons and menus and I did a search in Help and I haven't found anything for such a simple task!

What am I missing? Please tell me how to make links other than typing all the code in. Thanks.
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by:ftsao
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There should be an HTML toolbar at the bottom of the screen with a black anchor icon. See the following screenshot (http://img250.imageshack.us/img250/3118/untitledhy3.gif). It doesn't function exactly the same as in HomeSite, but it will generate the <a href=""></a> tag for you.

If you don't see the HTML toolbar, you may have to enable it by going to View > View/Lists > Toolbars > HTML Toolbar.
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by:punstress
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Actually I had tried that, and it makes a named anchor, with "name" instead of "href." Yes, it's close, I just have to change name to href, but I can't believe that the program would automate < b > and not < a href = " > !! Not to mention mailto:, I haven't seen an icon for that, either.
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by:ftsao
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Yes, sorry you're correct.

You can however customize the output of that or other toolbar buttons.

Go to Advanced > Configuration > Toolbars / Menus > HTML Toolbar. Click the ">" button below the list of toolbar icons and click the anchor icon. In the text box below, edit the "name" portion to "href" in '<a name="|"></a>' and click "Apply."
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If you want to add a new toolbar button for mailto here's how.

Go to Advanced > Configuration > Toolbars / Menus > HTML Toolbar > Modify Actual HTML Toolbar.

Scroll almost all the way to the right of the icons using the ">" button until you reach the numbered generic looking icons. Click on the number 1 generic icon. Enter the following text in the box below '<a href="mailto:|"></a>' and click Apply.

Click "Modify Actual Toolbar" and scroll down the Commands list until you reach "HTML User Cmd 01" and select it then click the left arrow button and OK.

You'll see the new "1" icon in your HTML toolbar which is your new mailto button.
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by:kevp75
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you could always do the BEST route, and hand code it...
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by:punstress
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Kevp, How would I do that?
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by:punstress
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ftsao,

My screens are not matching your instructions. Once I get to Toolbars/Menus, It says Configure Toolbars, Manage Toolbars, Configure Menus or Manage Menus.

I click the first option and I do see how I can add User tool 1 to the toolbar.

However, I don't see any box to enter text in, therefore no way to program User tool 1. I'm looking it up now but their help is not very helpful. I think I do it through Tools Configuration under the Advanced menu but it's rather confusing.
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I found this answer on the Ultra Edit forums (thanks, Mofi).

Actually what I had to do was create a user template.

1.  Advanced > Display/Modify Templates
2. Choose a number, create a name then in the large box type:
<a href="^">[$replace$]</a>
This wraps the tags around selected text and places your cursor between the quote marks. If you make one for mailto, just put mailto: before the caret.
3. Add an icon for your User Templates to the HTML toolbar, if desired.
4. To use the template, select text to link and either hit Alt+(template number) or click your icon. Alternatively, you can use the menus to insert your template.

Personally I think those functions should've been programmed into UltraEdit but this does work.
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