I just discovered the coolest Timesaver!  If you are a blogger, you undoubtedly have gotten tired of typing “blockquote” and “a href” tags by hand; Well take heart, because you might be able to get away with never typing them again!  The short answer is the Firefox Extension Copy URL+. For the long answer, read on…

  1. If you’re a dork that uses Internet Explorer, be cool and switch to Firefox
  2. Go to Copy URL+ and “Install now”. (If you are super cool, and you are using Firefox 2.0+, install from here.)
  3. Go to ChromEdit Plus and “Install now”.
  4. (Restart Firefox if necessary, so the newly-installed extensions are available)
  5. In Firefox, go to Tools… > ChromEdit Plus > ChromEdit
  6. When ChromEdit pops up, go to the third tab “user.js”
  7. Into the blank white space (unless you’ve done this kind of thing before, in which case there might be stuff in there already), paste the following text:

    user_pref(‘copyurlplus.menus.1.label’, ‘Blockquote Selection’);
    user_pref(‘copyurlplus.menus.1.copy’, ‘<blockquote>%SEL%</blockquote>’);

    user_pref(‘copyurlplus.menus.2.label’, ‘HTML link to this page’);
    user_pref(‘copyurlplus.menus.2.copy’, ‘<a href=”%URL_HTMLIFIED%”>%SEL%</a>’);

    user_pref(‘copyurlplus.menus.3.label’, ‘Amazon Thumbnail’);
    user_pref(‘copyurlplus.menus.3.copy’, ‘<a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/%SEL%&#8221; title=”%TITLE%”><img src=”http://images.amazon.com/images/P/%SEL%.01.THUMBZZZ.jpg&#8221; alt=”%TITLE%” title=”%TITLE%” /></a>’);

  8. (In pasting there, be careful that special characters like <  and > paste properly, or type and fix it.  Also, that last “user_pref” is all one wrapped line)
  9. (If you want to skip the Amazon thumbnail thing, just don’t copy & paste that complex .3. part)
  10. (If you’re clever, you can see how to add more special copy&pastes, like using the “b” (bold) and “i” (italic) tags)
  11. In ChromEdit, click “Save” and then “Restart”.  Firefox will go away, and come right back, with all your same tabs open.

That’s it!  You’re done! 

Now to test it, use the mouse to highlight some words from this page or any other, then Right-click > Copy URL+ > Blockquote Selection.  Then go to the comment box (or the HTML source tab of your blog editor) and CTRL-V (paste): voila!

Test two: Open another tab or window, and navigate to a really cool web page.  Highlight a few words with the mouse (or don’t).  Then Right-click > Copy URL+ > “HTML link to this page”.  Then come back to the comment box and CTRL-V: voila!

Test three (this one won’t work for a comment box; you’ll have to test in a post on your own blog): Go to Amazon, and search for your favorite book.  Look in the URL for a 10-digit ID, or search Amazon Details for either an ASIN or ISBN-10 number.  Highlight those 10 characters.  Then Right-click > Copy URL+ > “Amazon Thumbnail”.  Then go to the HTML source part of your blog editor, and CTRL-V: voila!  You have a thumnail image linked to the Amazon page, like this:

Amazon.com: Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (Study Guide Edition): Books: Nancy R. Pearcey,Phillip E. Johnson

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5 Responses

  1. Note also that when pasting that text, all of the single quotes should be right-single-quotes (the one next to the semicolon key, not the weird one)

  2. Testing out my own instructions, on another computer: ALL of the quotes — single and double — have been turned into stupid “smart” quotes, and need to be replaced with regular straight single- or double-quotes. If you don’t want to bother with the effort, drop me a comment here, and I will gladly email you a plain.txt file with the right stuff that you can copy & paste without fear.

    Also, the regular Copy URL+ didn’t work for my FireFox 1.5.x, so I had to upgrade to FireFox 2.0.x and use the super-cool version. Total time to reinstall FireFox, apply the extensions, debug the user.js, about 15 minutes. Well worth it, IMO.

  3. If you’re a dork that uses Internet Explorer, be cool and switch to Firefox

    You sound like my husband.

  4. Your husband sounds pretty cool, you dork.

  5. hahahaha He even went behind my back and made Firefox my default browser in hopes that I would see the light and realize how wonderful it is. IE is just so comfy, though…

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