The Guinea Pig Charity URL Shortener Bookmarklet

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Shorten URLs on the fly with the bookmarklet

Did you know you can use to shorten URLs and raise money for rescues without having to leave the page you’re viewing?

Introducing: the URL shortener bookmarklet.

This handy little tool can be found just below the URL shortener and, if you don’t know how to use it, you soon will.

drag the bookmarklet to your browser tool bar

Drag the bookmarklet to your browser tool bar

To start shortening URLs on the fly, just visit the home page and locate the bookmarklet inside the link shortening panel on the homepage. It is a white button bounded within a blue box.

screen shot of bookmarklet short link generator

Create Short Links on the Fly: The Bookmarklet

Simply hover over the bookmarklet button and click your mouse’s select button to “grab” the bookmarklet. Then drag the bookmarklet to your browser’s toolbar at the top of your screen.

move cursor over short link bookmarklet

Save the Bookmarklet to Your Toolbar for Quick Link Shrinking

While still holding onto the bookmarklet, move your mouse towards the top of your screen and hover over your browser’s toolbar. Release the bookmarklet by letting go of your mouse’s select button.

screen shot of dropping the bookmarklet to your browser toolbar

Drag and Drop the Bookmarklet To Browser Toolbar

Some browsers (like Safari) may ask you to enter a custom name for the bookmarklet. To keep it simple, we suggest using the title

screen shot of browser toolbar with bookmarklet

Bookmarklet Saved To Browser Toolbar

Now that you have installed the bookmarklet, you can create links on the fly by clicking the toolbar button when you are on a web page that you want to shorten.

How to Enable Your Browser Toolbar

“OK,” you’re thinking, “the bookmarklet sounds great! But I don’t have a bookmark toolbar! Where do I find it?”

It’s true: some of you may not have your bookmark toolbar displayed by default, so you’ll have to enable this feature yourself.

Instructions on how to enable your browser’s bookmark toolbar are different for each browser. So, to help you get started, below is a list of instructions on how to set-up bookmark toolbars on a few of today’s most popular web browsers.

Troubleshooting the Bookmarklet

Having trouble installing the bookmarklet? Let me help! Leave a comment below and we’ll figure it out together.

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