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Create a TinyUrl the Easy Way in Firefox

Have you ever tried to email or IM somebody a link from a site that has ridiculously long URLs, only to have the link break because it was too long or got cut off? The solution to this problem is to use a service like TinyUrl that turns a really long link into a really short link.

If you find yourself using this feature all the time, then you need the TinyUrl Creator extension for Firefox, which makes it very easy to not only create TinyUrls, but access the ones that you’ve already created.

Once installed, just right-click on any link, and choose “Create TinyURL for this Page”.

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With the default settings you’ll get a popup confirmation that tells you the new link has been copied to your clipboard.

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If you click the Save button, you can save the new TinyURL into Firefox. Note that this doesn’t save as a bookmark, it saves in the extension’s saved panel.

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To view TinyURLs that you have previously saved, go to Tools \ TinyUrl Creator \ View Saved.

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Here you can see the list of saved links, and then copy the TinyURL to your clipboard. This is extremely useful for links that you need to use often.

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If you don’t want the confirmation dialog every time you create a link, you can go into the TinyUrl options panel and check the box for “Do not show confirmation dialog upon TinyUrl creation”. [Update: The confirmation dialog seems to pop up anyway, so this setting isn't working for me]

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With all of the features in this extension, it makes dealing with TinyUrl virtually painless.

Download TinyUrl Creator from Mozilla Add-ons

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  • Published 12/29/07

Comments (9)

  1. Gustav Dahl

    Very clever add-on. Thanks :)

  2. Moshe

    Nice add on, but the “Saved” feature is silly.
    We don’t need another place to save links on top of bookmarks and Delicious and such.
    Too many places will just cause you to forget where it is.

  3. The Geek

    I agree, it does duplicate that functionality somewhat… I think the reasoning behind it is that you probably already have a bookmark to the real page, so bookmarking the TinyUrl link as well would give you duplicate bookmarks.

  4. Moshe

    That is right, but if you have a bookmark to the original, what do you need to save the TinyUrl for?

  5. The Geek

    Because you may use the TinyUrl often to send around or insert into emails, posts, etc.

  6. Russ Francis

    An even easier way (IMO) to create a TinyURL is with this bookmarklet:
    javascript:void(window.open(‘http://tinyurl.com/create.php?url=’+document.location.href));

    Admittedly, you won’t have the added features of the Firefox extension, but this should work with other browsers as well.

  7. Angus S-F

    Wonderful addition. I’ve been using a bookmarklet, but this is way better — I have to manually copy the TinyURL from the bookmarklet-loaded page to the clipboard in order to use it, but this copies it for me.

    I’d like to seen an option to create the PREVIEW version of the TinyURL — I always send that so the recipients of my TinyURLs can see what they’re getting … e.g. instead of copying http://tinyurl.com/xxxxxx to the clipboard copy instead this: http://preview.tinyurl.com/xxxxxx

    Please also make this work with Firefox 3.x …

  8. Starkiller

    BTW, works with firefox3 now.

    But one thing struck me as odd, I tried testing this with multiple sub-sites of howtogeek, but the resulting tinyURL is always the first one I got http://tinyurl.com/36mweg directing to this article. Any Ideas?

  9. Luv2Golf

    I installed the TinyURL, but it’s not functioning after installing and restarting FireFox and following the steps listed above. Here are the details I got from the About – Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; en-US; rv:1.9.1.6) Gecko/20091201 Firefox/3.5.6. Please advise. Thanks!

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