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Save links as .url files

I would like to save all links on RSS feed as .url files for use in macros.  Specifically, this is to save all links on the RSS feed to a folder for use with Launchy.  I'm looking for a firefox extention or stand-alone application that can take about 100 links and save them as .url files (or any other method that would yield the same results.
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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
I take it right clicking on the link and choosing "Save link as.." isn't what you're looking for? (This is in Firefox.)
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menreeqAuthor Commented:
It is exactly what I am trying to do, but for hundreds of links I dont want to do this manually.
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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
Will this work for you:

http://www.downthemall.net/

Hope this helps!

:o)

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menreeqAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately that extention does not support conversion of links to .url files
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Marc ZCommented:
How about this one?
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/605

I believe you actually want to Copy URL's.
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menreeqAuthor Commented:
I don't actually want to copy the links, I want to save them as files of type  'Internet Shortcuts' with the extention '.url'
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Marc ZCommented:
Are you not just bookmarking the rss feeds?  That gives you the actual URL (link) to the page? I am confused as to what you are trying to accomplish?

So  I guess, Have you tried doing a Live Bookmark and placing it where Launchy will have Access to it?
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Live_Bookmarks_-_Firefox
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menreeqAuthor Commented:
ok what I am trying to do is give Launchy access to the RSS feed.  If Firefox stores the Live Bookmark as seperate files on my hard disk somewhere that would be awesome.  But all I can find is a bookmark.htm (that just links to the xml file)

To make it perfectly clear:

I have a Live Bookmark that has the links:
Link1
Link2
Link3
...

I want four files created in c:\whatever\
Link1.url
Link2.url
Link3.url
Link4.url
...

For example, Latest Headlines.xml rss feed.
Sample Entry:
----code----
Turkey swears in new parliament
      <http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/2/hi/europe/6930915.stm>

Turkey swears in a new parliament with attention on pro-Kurdish MPs and
an upcoming presidential vote.
----/code----

I want to create a .url/link/bookmark file with the following properties:
Filename: Turkey Swears in new parliament.url
opens browser to http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/2/hi/europe/6930915.stm

I had imagined this would be a bit easier.  I know my terminology might be confusing as I have never dealt with this issue before, but please bear with me.

Perhaps there is an RSS reader that saves into individual files.  Perhaps no one has made a tool for this purpose at all.  Thanks all for your help so far, hopefully I have provided enough information.  If not please let me know.
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Marc ZCommented:
Ready?

Go to your Desktop, right click and choose New Folder and name it "Links for Launchy" and OK.  Open it. Keep it open but also have Firefox open, set windows side by side or up and down, just enough so you can see both screens and Tabs of firefox.  Once you have your RSS feed (or Live Bookmark), select it, right click and choose Open All in Tabs.  Many tabs open.  Drag and Drop each favicon in the Tab to your new Links For Launchy folder, where you will now have all of your url's for Launchy.

(although I still don't know what you need Launchy for)

Remember,
Links = URL's
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menreeqAuthor Commented:
This is actually what I wanted to avoid.  If you read above, I need something to automate this process.  I have hundreds of links in an RSS feed from Logmein that I want to access by pressing alt+space (launchy) and typing the logmein computer name.  If I have all of the links there, it can index them by name.
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Marc ZCommented:
All right, I don't know of anything that will Copy the links from your RSS feed.  

Your RSS feed is what you really want to index, then.

Sorry, I can't help.

I still don't understand what you are trying to accomplish. Isn't the RSS feed your index?  You don't have to answer, I'm just trying to wrap my head around your request and ultimate goal.  I'll be listening to see if anyone else can help you.
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menreeqAuthor Commented:
I'm trying to very very quickly access any item on the rss feed by name.  If I could have every item as a file, Launchy would allow me to press alt+space and type exactly the one I want.
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Marc ZCommented:
OK, I don't know what logmein has top do with it(never used it), but, let's try one more thing if you are up for it.

Open Firefox and press Ctrl+B, (Bookmarks are now loaded in sidebar), you should now be able to quickly rightclick and choose Launchy from the right click menu for your RSS (Live Bookmarks) feeds.
I also have the Enhanced Bookmark Search add-on installed that gives me a quick Search form at the top of the bookmark sidebar for quick finding of bookmarks.  https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/494


Hopefully that helps, otherwise I'm giving up and saying You Can't Do That as an answer to your Initial Question.
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menreeqAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure what you mean by "rightclick and choose Launchy".  The options I get when I rightclick the Live Bookmark/RSS are:

Open All in Tabs
Cut
Copy
Delete
Reload Live Bookmark
Sort By Name
Properties

The Enhanced Bookmark Search is very close to what I am trying to do.
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Marc ZCommented:
I just assumed that Launchy would insert it self into the right click menu. Rather then select the RSS feed, can you select a URL in the Feed and have Launchy start whatever program you desire?
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menreeqAuthor Commented:
Enhanced Bookmark Search works with Bookmarks as Launchy works with StartMenu/Desktop shortcuts.
Launchy indexes Start Menu/Desktop items so all you have to do is press a hotkey (alt+space) and type something like "Excel" and press enter to run Microsoft Office Excel.

It doesnt look like there is an easy way to export my rss links into files, but Enhanced Bookmark Search will work well for this purpose.  I'm giving the points to mtz1of4 for providing a good substitute for how I am trying to do this.
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