Q. When I cut and paste lengthy Web links into an e-mail message, the mail program often breaks them up into multiple lines and the links don't work anymore. Is there a way to avoid this?
A. Long and unwieldy Web addresses, like those for map directions or products in online catalogs, can easily be bent out of shape when the message text is wrapped into lines of a specific length within an e-mail program.
While the text wrap makes for easy reading because it keeps the lines from going on forever across the right side of the message window, it can also chop up a Web address (also known as a U.R.L., or Uniform Resource Locator) to fit breaking the solid string of text characters that point back to the Web page you intended to share.
One way to preserve a working Web link is to use a free U.R.L. shortening service like TinyURL (http://tinyurl.com) or SnipURL (http://snipurl.com) to convert a multiple-line Web address into a short, tidy one. Shortened Web addresses also tend to be easier on the eyes of your mail recipients as well.
The process typically works like this: You copy and paste a long Web address into a box on the U.R.L. service's main page and click an onscreen button to convert the address. The site transforms the long U.R.L. into a short one like http://tinyurl.com/k23b5, which you can then copy and paste into your e-mail message. The shortened Web address you get from the site directs you to the same page with the original long U.R.L.