How-To Geek

Create Pre-Formatted Links in Firefox

Tired of the multiple actions required just to set up a proper link while writing articles or your blog? Now you can super simplify the process with the Copy as HTML Link extension for Firefox.


If you have ever wanted to link to something great that you have found on the web you have to go through a lot of hassle to do it. Copy the text part, copy the webpage address, then start pasting everything into the new link you are formatting/creating. Once in a while is not bad but it can be frustrating if you have to do that a lot every day while writing your blog or articles. What if you could super simplify the entire process and save valuable time throughout the day?



Once you have installed the extension you are ready to go. For our first example we decided to copy the title of this article by highlighting the text, right clicking, and selecting ”Copy as HTML Link”.

Note: This does not work for images.


Followed by pasting into Notepad. There is the article title and webpage link already fixed into a pre-formatted link setup.


What if you are interested in a small section of the text (or a quote)? The extension works just as nicely for this too. Select, copy…


And paste. It really does not get much simpler than that for setting up links.



If you have a lot of links to set up each day for your writing, then the Copy as HTML Link extension will certainly make the process as pain-free as possible.


Download the Copy as HTML Link extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Download the Copy as HTML Link extension (Extension Homepage)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/4/10

Comments (4)

  1. Roi

    Is there something like that for Google Chrome? Because I will never use slow Firefox ever again in my life after having found Google Chrome :D

  2. paranoid

    Nice, but I prefer Colt — it gives possibility to copy link as html, BBcode, Wikipedia markup and much more (with customizable link formats).

  3. Justin Watt

    Glad you like “Copy as HTML Link”. Power-user tip: with v2.0, you can just right click on any existing link text (without selecting any text) and after you select “Copy as HTML Link” you’ll have automatically copied the HTML + link.

  4. Nick

    This is really nice

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