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How to Create a New File and Import Links in Rons WebLynx

How to Create a New File

Creating a new WebLynx file is super easy, and is a great way of storing your links for future uses. It is saved onto your drive much like a document, so can be accessed both within WebLynx and your files. 

To create a new file you simply open up WebLynx and click ‘New File.’ This will bring up the following pop-up:

New Link FileAs with a word or excel file, simply select the location you would like to save your WebLynx file . This will then open up a blank file. I recommend creating a folder in which you can save your WebLynx files  for ease of access.

If you look at the picture below you can see on the Rons WebLynx homepage that several files were created. When ticking the box called " Automatically Open Last File on Start", as stated by the name, the last Rons WebLynx file used will be directly open instead of the Homepage.

Open Last File

To set it back to the original way, simply go to the main File top ribbon menu and select Options/General Settings and simply untick the box called " Automatically Open Last File on Start".

How to Bring Links into Rons WebLynx

Copy and paste links into the application

There are different ways to import links into Rons WebLynx. An easy way to import links for your research is simply to copy and paste links into the application. Just throw them in! For example, you could go to your internet browser and, as usual, type into the search bar what you would like to research. Once the links have loaded, highlight and copy them, as follows:

Copying Links from a Web Search

Once you have done this open up WebLynx, go to the Landing zone section on the left panel or to any folder (in the picture below you can see that I have created one called "Movies"), then right-click on the blank expanse of the screen and select paste. This will paste all the highlighted links into WebLynx. As the links load they will have a loading symbol in the bottom left corner, and grey blocks next to the links, as seen below:

Pasting LinksAs these links load the grey block next to the links will either turn Green or Red. Links with a green block means that they are new. The newer the darker green they are. The colour will get lighter and fade to transparent with the days passing by. If a link is errored or broken the square would be red. A green “check” symbol after the link line means that it’s checked and valid (i.e. their content is legitimate or they are still working links). When red it means that the link is corrupt or broken.

Missing Link

Another way to check the validity of the links is to select the icon ‘Views’ in the left hand panel; within this there is a list of locations in which files can be stored. If there are any ‘broken’ or ‘corrupted’ links they will appear in the sub-folders ‘missing’ or errored.’, as shown below: 

Missing Link View

But let's get back to importing links and to the Landing Zone that I mentioned above.

Type the links in the application from the Landing Zone

As you know by now, links can be imported directly into any folders but sometimes it can be very useful to import links in one place and sort them out before deciding where to store them, especially when there are a lot of them. This is why the Landing Zone was created.

The Landing Zone is also the area where links can be typed in directly thanks to the Link Entry area on the left. See picture below. 

Landing Zone - Links Entry Area

Three simple tidying up options can be selected to help sorting the links: Remove duplicates, Remove Broken Links and Remove Error Links. See picture below.

Tidy Links

From there, one can move the link in any folder either by dragging it or by selecting "Move" from the top ribbon bar or by right-clicking on the link.

Note that if you the option called "Add All New Links to L.Z." (L.Z. meaning Landing Zone) is selected, any new link imported into Rons WebLynx will actually display in the Landing Zone, even if one tries to paste them into another folder.

Import links Using the Rons WebLinks Wizard

Did you realize that you could actually bring loads of links from several other places other than copying them directly from websites?

You can actually import links from web browsers (where you might have been saving thousands of links as bookmarks or favorites and completely forgot about them! Or am I talking only about myself?), from directories, files, saved in your computer, and even from your e-mails in Outlook. Well, this is where the wizard can help you importing them and sorting them properly in Rons WebLynx. Trust me, it is going to be so nice to finally have some control on these interesting links that were saved but sometimes maybe never even looked at!

If you select Management/ Import you will see the first window and Wizard step allowing you to start the imports for the different options.

Importing Links with the WizardI won't guide you through each step as you can use the Rons WebLynx Starting Guide for this. It is easy to follow the few steps however which will allow you to locate an existing folder or create one to import your links in, unless you prefer your links to appear first in the Landing Zone. The possibility to tag the links is there too.

Importing Websites

Sometimes you just love a website so much that you simply want all its links, from all its pages... or you're simply running a market research! Or you want to know everything about a place or a city that you are about to visit.

You can import the whole website with its internal links as well as external ones if you wish to, by selecting Management/ Import Website.

I recently visited a city called Troyes in the Champagne-Ardenne area in France. Before going there I decided to download the tourism information website of Troyes. I downloaded thousands of links, some of them useless, but, because they are very conveniently imported into organized folders (which completely depends on the website designer), it is generally very easy to get rid of what is not relevant or interesting. For example, I got rid of the majority of the links by deleting the dutch, german and spanish translations. It left me with the core of the most important information I was looking for: links of the best restaurants, shopping areas, historical sites and the city stories. Not only was it useful before going there, I just love keeping this information in case I want to check it out again, or if I want to share these links with my family or my friends.

Importing a Website

Warning: get ready to find yourself spending much to much time looking into great new web links! Enjoy!

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