The New How To Do Fancy Things In Your Posts Thread

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The New How To Do Fancy Things In Your Posts Thread

Edited: Oct 7, 2016, 12:35pm

<B>text</B> - Puts "text" in boldface - like this.

<I>text</I> - Puts "text" in italics - like this.

<STRIKE>text</STRIKE> - Puts "text" in strike - like this.

<A HREF="">text</A> - Creates a link to the web address shown in quotes, but displays the link as text in the message. For example, this is a link to LibraryThing's homepage, and I specified that by putting <A HREF="">this</A> into the message.

<IMG SRC=""> - Puts the image from the web location shown into the post.

<IMG SRC="" HEIGHT="hhh" WIDTH="www"> - Puts the img at the web location shown into the post, but gives it a height of hhh pixels and a width of www pixels. For those of you who want to include images that seem way too big once you included them, shrink them down with these parameters. Note, that for best compatibility with most screen widths, an image shouldn't be much wider than about 500 pixels.

To link to a thread in LibraryThing, just look at your web browser's address bar for the thread you are looking at, and use the method shown above to create a link.

To link to a specific post in LibraryThing, hover your mouse over the 'flag abuse' for a post, and notice the number that appears in "javascript:talk_flagmessage(NUMBER). Make a link as discussed in the previous paragraph, but add #NUMBER after the link (but before the ").

To create a numbered list, do the following. For example, to list three points, I could enter:

<LI> First item.
<LI> Second item.
<LI> Third item.

and it comes out as:

  1. First item.
  2. Second item.
  3. Third item.

If you want to say a whole bunch of stuff indented a bit from the main stream, use <BLOCKQUOTE>All my text, multiple lines of it</BLOCKQUOTE> Here's an example:

Isn't LibraryThing swell? I sure love it, and I hope you do, too! There's lots of fun places to visit, but the Green Dragon is perhaps the very best. What else do I want to say in the paragraph? Not much, I guess, but putting it in block quotes sure makes it look impressive!

If you want to put a voter's poll into your post, set it up like this: <VOTE>Will you respond to this survey?</VOTE>.

Vote: Do you like this post?

Current tally: Yes 46, No 1, Undecided 3
Want to use subscripts or superscripts? For superscripts, do this: <SUP>text to superscript</SUP>. For subscripts, just do this: <SUB>text to subscript</SUB>. An example follows:

textsuperscript moretextsubscript

...oh, by the way, the easy way to put a < in a message is to type &lt;. The easy way to put a > in a message is to type &gt;. Now how to type &lt; in a post? Simple: Type &amp;lt; :D

Here are some other things that you can put in with those nifty &whatever; things:

  1. &spades; gives ♠
  2. &clubs; gives ♣
  3. &hearts; gives ♥
  4. &diams; gives ♦
  5. &trade; gives ™
  6. &cent; gives ¢
  7. &copy; gives ©
  8. &reg; gives ®
  9. &deg; gives ° (degree sign)
  10. &frac14; gives ¼
  11. &frac12; gives ½
  12. &frac34; gives ¾

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Edited: Oct 25, 2014, 8:46pm

Me too

Edited: Dec 20, 2014, 1:32am

I snag most of my emoticons from

ETA:  Yahoo emotes are useful, too.  I've yet to find a better yawn than this one.

Jun 30, 2014, 4:03pm

This is the information thread. To make it easy for people with old computers and/or slow connections to read, please keep experimentation off this thread; that way they don't have so much to load. Thanks!

Jul 1, 2014, 4:38pm

Bullets, as for a list, require ampersand plus 'bull' (no quotes) plus semicolon. That's
& bull ; (without spaces), with this result:

• list item
• list item
• list item

Nonbreaking spaces: same format, with 'nbsp' (without quotes) as the code.

Jul 1, 2014, 5:11pm

>6 Meredy: But if what you want is a list of items with bullets in front of each item its better to use the unnumbered list tag UL. You'd use it just like the ordered list tag, just replacing OL with UL. I believe the default bullets are like those but you can change them using the type attribute.

Jul 1, 2014, 9:17pm

If we want a bullet for any purpose, that's how to make one.

And now we also know how to make an unnumbered (bulleted) list.

Jul 2, 2014, 1:14am

Awesome thread. Thanks!

Jul 4, 2014, 11:03am

Hey, I have a question. When I want to reference someone else in my post I do the common >19 (for example) so people can jump back up to where the original poster was. But.....they only work about half the time. If I come back to the topic, the >19 is there, but there isn't a link at all. Any suggestions?

(thank you for this post by the way! I reference it often)

Jul 4, 2014, 12:23pm

>10 SweetbriarPoet: It should work all the time. If it doesn't then it's a bug and you should report it in the Bug Collectors group.

Edited: Jul 4, 2014, 1:53pm

>10 SweetbriarPoet: Are you absolutely sure you're entering >19, not 19>? That's a mistake that I often make.

Jul 4, 2014, 2:00pm

>10 SweetbriarPoet: Have you always left a space after the number?

For instance, if I list more than one post by numbers, I automatically separate them with a comma, which cancels the link. I have to go back and put a space in to get it to work.

Jul 4, 2014, 6:29pm

>12 CurrerBell: I am entering them in the right order, but thank you for checking! :)

>13 humouress: I always put in a space. But I don't have to write in the person's name right? I'm literally just putting >(post#). If I'm doing it correctly, I'll report it to the bug collectors.

Jul 5, 2014, 7:47pm

Oh, >14 SweetbriarPoet: Don't enter a space between the > and the number... have I understood your response correctly? If so, the space might be your problem :) I've never had an issue w/ it working!
and no, you don't need to type in the person's name.

Jul 5, 2014, 7:48pm

and if I want to do more than one, I just do them in order... >14 SweetbriarPoet: >15 avanders: with a space in between each >#

Jul 9, 2014, 6:19pm

Is it possible to have more than one <vote> in a post? When I try, it seems to give them all the same description regardless of what I put in between the tags:

<vote>This is vote number one</vote>

Vote: This is vote number one

Current tally: Yes 1, No 2, Undecided 2
<vote>This is vote number two</vote>

Vote: This is vote number one

Current tally: Yes 1, No 2, Undecided 2

Jul 9, 2014, 10:54pm

>17 sandstone78:  That is odd.  I just got the same thing.

Edited: Jul 10, 2014, 8:59am

>17 sandstone78: >18 justjukka: Nope, no can do. If you post more than one question to a single post, they all come up as the same question.

This problem has come up in the Reading Through Time group. The work-around we use is to post the questions serially to multiple posts. Here's an example of how that was done in July, with five yes/no/undecided options given sequentially in posts 11 through 15.

EDIT to correct misspelling ("call" for "all") in first paragraph.

Nov 9, 2014, 8:24am

...added the un-ordered lists (which should have been put in long ago - thanks for the catch!), how to put in a bullet dot anywhere, and the caveat concerning no more than one working poll in a single message to the first message.

Dec 8, 2014, 11:14pm

Any clue how to rotate a picture 90 degrees? It was upright when I copied the location.

Edited: Apr 11, 2015, 3:47pm

This member has been suspended from the site.

Edited: Jul 28, 2015, 6:10am

Sorry for the very stupid question --- but how do i link to a previous post? As in, making a previous person's username become blue?

Jul 28, 2015, 6:15am

Type this character > immediately (no spaces) followed by the number of the post you want to refer to and you end up with >23 d-b: a link

Jul 28, 2015, 11:25am

>23 d-b: it's not a stupid question, you just didn't know. :)

Edited: Jul 29, 2015, 1:45pm

You can also use @ followed by a member name to link to their profile. The @ won't show up.


Jul 29, 2015, 2:05am

MarthaJeanne good to know!

Jul 29, 2015, 7:59am

>26 MarthaJeanne:, ha ha ha

I read your post and was wondering what the heck "aslo" was.... some new abbreviation? a new code lanuguage phrase? And then my brain decided I had had just the right amount of coffee to actually engage: ALSO. Oh, yes, I've done that type of typing, too, where the letters just won't sit in their assigned places.

Jul 29, 2015, 9:19am

>28 maggie1944: Ah, yes, the tragedy of dyslexic typing. I'm afraid it's incurable.

Jul 29, 2015, 1:46pm


Jul 29, 2015, 11:24pm

This is not a cool thing, but I have 2 spam messages on one of my threads. They are flagged, the body of the messages deleted, but they're still on the thread. Is there any way to completely remove them?

Jul 29, 2015, 11:51pm

Post #1 explains the purpose of this thread.

Jul 30, 2015, 9:25am

>31 kac522:

I'm not aware of any way. It is annoying, isn't it? :-(

Jul 30, 2015, 1:55pm

>33 amysisson: Yep, it is annoying, but thanks for responding. If anyone can refer me to the place where I might find the answer to this, I'd appreciate it.

Jul 30, 2015, 2:06pm

>31 kac522: The answer is that there is no way to completely get rid of the posts. If you don't like the answer you can post to the Recommend Site Improvements group at

Jul 30, 2015, 2:14pm

>35 jjwilson61: Thanks, will do.

Nov 5, 2015, 9:54pm

I know how to include a book cover in my posts but when the source is LT they are the wrong size...the entire length doesn't show and the width is too large. Can I change the size? None of my experiments have worked.

Nov 6, 2015, 12:06pm

>37 clue: up at the top of this thread, I think the 8th instruction in that first post, it explains how. I usually start w/ a height of 200 for book covers and adjust my width accordingly... for "normal" book cover sizes, a width of 135 to 155 for a height of 200 usually works....

Nov 6, 2015, 6:24pm

>37 clue: I just use the formula above for posting images, but using "width=200". I copy the cover image location, and they appear uniform.

Check out how it looks here:

Edited: Nov 6, 2015, 8:13pm

Dec 15, 2015, 9:33am

This thread probably should be part of an introductory "kit" for new members. So useful.

Dec 16, 2015, 12:40pm

Agree. I have it starred just so I don't lose it

Dec 20, 2015, 9:00am

I love the stars, they do such a good job of keeping LT manageable for me.

Dec 20, 2015, 9:02am

Funny..... I tried to edit the message 43 to add a sentence or two, but LT would not let me.

I am searching for a new place to store, edit, and share photographs. I have used Flickr but I think I cannot share the photographs I've edited and stored there so I want to find a new service. Does any one have some good recommendations?

Dec 20, 2015, 9:41am

>44 maggie1944: That's exactly why I gave up on them and started using Photobucket. Their downside is a couple of e-mails daily with nothing but commercials, but gmail is bright enough to separate them out from real messages.

Dec 20, 2015, 9:54am

>44 maggie1944: I use photobucket, too and I'm very happy with it.

Dec 20, 2015, 6:05pm

>1 JPB: In the OP, the directions on how to post &lt; are incorrect; there's an extra & in the middle.

For an URL that references a page within LibraryThing, you can help people who use other language variants of the site by supplying a relative link (one without the "") rather than an absolute link. For example, the relative link to my catalogue is <a href=/catalog.php?view=Noisy>Noisy’s catalogue</a>.

Dec 20, 2015, 10:16pm

>44 maggie1944: Could you use Dropbox? I've never tried it myself, though I'm thinking about it, so I'd be interested in knowing if it works.

Dec 21, 2015, 3:09am

>48 humouress: Dropbox works a treat if you're sending large files to one or a few recipients, that is, as the alternative to e-mail when the files are too big for the letterbox. When I use it the uploads are s-l-o-o-o-o-w -- if memory serves me well, it once took 3 days to upload 1Gb.

Edited: Jan 19, 2016, 4:57pm

to heidi

Edited: Jan 19, 2016, 4:57pm

Oops! in >50 dustydigger: I was trying to learn how to turn a title blue,tried to make ''heidi'' blue but failed. I am not very good at this sort of thing.I need very simple,step by step explanations,as to a small Ah well,back to the drawing board,will try again later. Bedtime :0)

Jan 19, 2016, 4:56pm

Enclose the title in square brackets. They are on the keyboard to the right of P, and lower case. Try again now.

Edited: Jan 19, 2016, 5:07pm

hello heidi

Jan 19, 2016, 5:00pm

Occasionally, you have to nudge it by editing the post. Make sure the touchstone appears to the right of the message box before you hit post.

Edited: Jan 19, 2016, 5:06pm

>51 dustydigger: - Nope,didnt work. And when I clicked edit to try to delete the post altogether,all I got was a note that I could not post an empty message.Totally confused,and I give up,time for bed!Will come back later.

Edited: Jan 19, 2016, 5:07pm

nope, tried and can't even show what a square bracket looks like.

Jan 19, 2016, 5:19pm

One on each side of the title, facing each other as shown

Jan 20, 2016, 12:11am

From >1 JPB: "This thread is a re-start of the thread started 5+ years ago, as some have complained that it was getting too long. This is the information thread - please keep it short by only adding to this thread new things that you find you can do in LibraryThing message posts. For experimenting with inserting pictures or the like, please create a practice thread. Thanks!"

Edited: Jan 20, 2016, 12:19am

OK. Finally managed it . Good old Heidi

Jan 20, 2016, 9:49am

>59 dustydigger: Congratulations!

Feb 24, 2016, 11:33am

Is there a way of doing superscript and subscript? Thanks.

Feb 24, 2016, 11:47am

>61 Cynfelyn:
Using the Character Map, I have been able to use
Alt+0185 = ¹
Alt+0178 = ²
Alt+0179 = ³
Alt+0176 = ° degree sign

I haven't found any subscripts yet.
I would also like to be able to do a long s [looks a lot like f].

Edited: Feb 24, 2016, 12:04pm

Try "& # x 017F;" without the spaces and quotes -- ſ

Edited: Feb 24, 2016, 12:09pm

test teſt


But it's not the really satisfying version that loops below the line. ʃ

I just googled it and then cut and pasted. That's how I normally do degrees too.

Feb 24, 2016, 12:26pm

Linux compose keys are ever so very much easier than silly Windows alt commands, bah. Alt+0383 is the code, however since it's a unicode not alt code character it won't work in most cases (alt codes don't go above 255). BUT, if you're using Fx (or Chrome or Safari) you can ctrl + shift+ I to open the console and type "copy('\uNNNN')" into it to do unicode chars; in this case, copy('\u017F'), and when you come back to the text box, you paste and get: ſ

Feb 24, 2016, 12:29pm

>64 2wonderY: But ʃ is esh, not long s.

Edited: Feb 24, 2016, 1:54pm

>62 Taphophile13:
Thanks for that, but on this occasion I was looking of letters, specifically superscript lower case "i". I tried copying and pasting from a Word document, and the superscript element didn't survive the trip.

There's no angle-bracket jiggery-pokery for turning superscript off and on, is there?

Feb 24, 2016, 3:30pm

No. There is HTML for it but it's not supported here, only basic things are - to prevent malicious things being attempted.

Edited: Feb 24, 2016, 5:20pm

angle-bracket jiggery-pokery


Put 'sub' between angle brackets before and '/sub' between angle brackets after. For superscripts, use 'sup' and '/sup'

Feb 25, 2016, 3:21am

It can actually be used here? Huh, color me surprised, I thought everything was stripped out. hm.

Feb 25, 2016, 5:15am

A side note; if you're on an Apple laptop or iPad, you can get the degree sign ° by holding down the 0 (zero) key.

Feb 25, 2016, 8:18am

And if you're using Linux you can use the compose key to do the majority of symbols/characters in just a couple strokes. Doesn't really help with the questions asked here though.

Feb 25, 2016, 9:29am

What about color text? I've tried various html codes to no avail -- anyone found a trick that works here on LT?

Feb 25, 2016, 10:15am

>71 humouress: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've been looking for that one ever since I got this!

Feb 25, 2016, 10:25am

No you cannot do color text with basic HTML.

Feb 25, 2016, 10:33am

Feb 25, 2016, 12:25pm

>69 2wonderY: That's terrific. Thanks so much.

Feb 25, 2016, 12:35pm

//Confession: I went to Wikipedia and hit the edit button to see the underlying html code.//

Feb 25, 2016, 2:05pm

>78 2wonderY: Well, aren't you clever! I wouldn't have thought to do that. Thank you for another tool (if I can remember to use it).

Feb 25, 2016, 5:43pm

>74 MarthaJeanne: You're welcome.

Feb 28, 2016, 1:30am

to get ˚ on an Apple, I hold down the option key and hit the letter K.

Edited: Feb 29, 2016, 1:58am

Another side note :0) to do with book review pages, not posts.

I'm assuming that some people (but not you, obviously) don't know how to rate a book with half stars; I've noticed in reviews that some people write that they give a book something-and-a-half stars but when they rate it they give it full stars.

So, just in case, say you want to give 3.5 stars, click / touch the 4th star (which gives 4 stars)
and then click the 4th star again, which will make it into a half. Voila; three and a half stars!

Mar 1, 2016, 8:25am

>82 humouress: And the third time you clear the stars, and are back to no stars at all.

Mar 5, 2016, 5:28am

>69 2wonderY: I've just realized you answered my question about superscript and subscript with angle-bracket jiggery-pokery. That's worth adding to the top message the next time this thread's renewed. Many thanks.

Mar 5, 2016, 8:32am

>74 MarthaJeanne: The only problem I have with what >69 2wonderY: did is that she also created links on the three letters. You didn't do that intentionally, did you?

Mar 5, 2016, 12:14pm

>85 CurrerBell: I think I could edit out the nonessential stuff that was on Wikipedia.


Yep. They had square brackets in their string that aren't necessary; or perhaps it was done deliberately to link to another article.

Jun 13, 2016, 6:06pm

Regarding embedding images... is there a way to align text next to an image? Someone posted in a group that it would be cool to position the review next to an image of the book/movie/etc instead of entering the text above or below the picture. Is this something that is possible on LT?

Sep 11, 2016, 6:13am

Thanks here's the link for the photos overall pretty satisfied with this set good quality and Easton did a great jod of putting this together.

Sep 11, 2016, 10:36pm

>87 ScoLgo: There are HTML tags you can use to do that on a web page, but I don't know if they'd work in a post, and I don't have my copy of HTML For Dummies handy to try it myself to see if they work. I have my doubts tho as the space a post appears in is limited vs a regular web page.

Sep 11, 2016, 11:57pm

>87 ScoLgo: >89 rastaphrog: Nope, doesn't seem like it's going to work. As far as I'm aware, you can't do it with HTML alone. I'd use the "style" attribute with the float property, but there we're getting into CSS. I tried doing that here on LT and it doesn't work, and I'm sure it's not some little glitch I've got in the code because I did a copy-and-paste into a text editor and saved it as an HTML document which does work on my laptop in its own separate browser page.

CSS is getting a bit more powerful than HTML alone and TPTB may not want that kind of fancy-schmancy stuff in user posts. It may also be more difficult for coding LT's back-end PHP for the message boards, and all things considered, Tim & Company have other things to do besides fancy up the message boards.

Sep 12, 2016, 4:44am

Only basic HTML is allowed, not due to any difficulty but because of security. If you allow all sorts of things in then people can try injecting malicious code in the site.

Sep 12, 2016, 6:22am

Or custard. The may try injecting custard into the site. Delicious, but sticky.

Sep 12, 2016, 1:32pm

>92 MrAndrew: Oh, phew! Finally something I understand.

Sep 12, 2016, 7:00pm

>89 rastaphrog: >90 CurrerBell: >91 .Monkey.: Thank you for the replies, everyone!

>92 MrAndrew: Malicious code or custard? Of the two, I think custard may be the slightly more evil, (#notafanofcustard).

Oct 7, 2016, 12:38pm

Fixed the bug mentioned in post 47. Also added superscript and subscripts, mentioned in post 69.

I'd point out that for some of the more common symbols discussed above in this thread, such a degrees, you can use the "ampersand" constructs mentioned in the OP. &deg; is simpler, at least for me, than remembering an odd keyboard sequence.

Edited: May 7, 2017, 8:49am

Is there any way to do lines (both horizontal and vertical)? I'm reading a series which covers quite a few dynasties and I wanted to create a family tree.

May 7, 2017, 11:15pm

>96 humouress: I can't think of any, at least not for something you'd be posting on LibraryThing. There are ways you could do it with JavaScript and the HTML5 canvas element, but that sort of thing would be blocked on LT message boards for security reasons.

If you want to post some kind of family-tree diagram to LT, the simplest thing would be to draw it manually, scan it, post it as a JPG in your Member Gallery, and then link to it on the message boards.

May 8, 2017, 12:29am

Thanks CurrerBell. I'll muck around and see what I come up with.

May 10, 2017, 11:17pm

Want these horizontal lines? Just use <hr> which stands for horizontal rule.

This is what you get:

Edited: May 11, 2017, 7:35am


May 11, 2017, 12:37pm

>99 weird_O: I'm certainly aware of the <hr> coding but >98 humouress: wants to diagram family trees and that would require vertical lines as well, along with fairly precise positioning of both text and lines. The <hr> tag won't come close to what >98 humouress: needs.


I tried the <pre> tag but on the LT message boards it doesn't seem to preserve spaces.

Henry VII
Henry VIII
| | |
| | |
Edward VI Mary I Elizabeth I

Okay, I tried a layout using &nbsp; and it sorta-kinda seems to work on the LT message boards. I got this much, but it was just too complicated to be bothered including Elizabeth I. I tried it but it just wasn't working. Either I'm committing a typo or the LT message boards have some kind of restriction on &nbsp; – some kind of limitation on just how much white space you can include.

                              Henry VIII
     |                               |
     |                               |
Edward VI                  Mary I


My suggestion to >98 humouress:? Exactly what I said in >97 CurrerBell:. This is one of these questions that ... if you have to ask how to do it, then don't do it. You'll spend a lot of time tinkering, and unless you're into web coding you'll get bored silly before you get the job done.

May 11, 2017, 1:05pm

>102 weird_O: Ah, guilty of responding to a post without really reading its antecedents, Mike. I think your suggestion (>97 CurrerBell:) is ideal: draw it, scan it, post it as an image. But if the family tree gets too complex, it'll be difficult to read on line.

Edited: May 11, 2017, 1:24pm

And with things like this, you can't be sure that even if you get it to read correctly on your computer that it will read the same way on all other computers. A scanned image should stay the same.

Edited: May 11, 2017, 5:17pm

I appreciate all your hard work and suggestions, folks. I've managed to come up with something in my thread for now, but that's just the first book in an 8 book series, so it'll get more complex further on. I'll probably have to go with the image route at some point.

But can you post images in a review on a book's page?

Edited: May 11, 2017, 9:48pm

You can embed images on message board threads, but it doesn't look like you can do so in reviews. (I tried it using the exact same code but it only works on threads, not reviews. I'd be curious if anyone could show me otherwise.)

Of course, you can always put a hyperlink to the image into your review (<a> tag is what I mean, as opposed to <src> tag). Problem with that is, it doesn't look like you can use the target="_blank" code to try forcing the hyperlinked image to open in a new tab, so you're going take your readers away from the LT review.

ETA: Incidentally, you did a positively beautiful job of that family tree in your thread! Lots better than I did with Henry VIII and his heirs. I'm going to have to take a look at your code when I have a little more time.

Edited: Jun 2, 2017, 7:50am

>105 CurrerBell: Thanks Mike! There are a lot of &nbsp s and I don't know if the spacing will hold if I copy it to a review. Plus that's only the first book of 8 and it's going to get more complex (and proportionately exponentially more frustrating) as I go along.

Another question - is it possible to rotate photographs? I took a photo with my iPad in portrait but it's copied into my gallery here lying horizontally, and I was hoping to copy it to my thread the right way up.

Jun 2, 2017, 6:32am

iThings seem to do that, not actually making photos taken that way marked in such a way that it's recognized outside iThings. You'll need to save the image and rotate in an image editing program or website that offers that kind of tool.

Jun 2, 2017, 7:52am

Okay, thanks. I'll have a go (I seem to get technologically more illiterate as the years go by - laziness on my part, not keeping up).

Edited: Jun 2, 2017, 6:37pm

>108 humouress: If I am taking pictures for LT with my iPad I take them in landscape and crop it to the portrait picture I want. You lose some quality, but the results work for me.

Jun 4, 2017, 12:41am

>109 MarthaJeanne: Good tip, thanks. (Yet another obvious solution that never occurred to me.)

Jul 11, 2017, 9:15pm

is there a way to write text next to an image and not under it?

Jul 11, 2017, 9:46pm

>111 cnerys: Only if it is a smallish image. And the text will be next to the picture, but at the bottom.

Edited: Jul 11, 2017, 10:48pm

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Edited: Aug 9, 2017, 2:34am

>106 humouress: >108 humouress: Aaaghh! I finally posted my review, but the &nbsp code doesn't save in reviews :0(

So - any more ideas anyone?

Aug 9, 2017, 8:06am

>114 humouress: It saves for me, but it doesn't give me as much white space as I would expect. Are you sure you put a semicolon after the code? It should read


Aug 9, 2017, 9:11am

I copied the whole review over from my thread, where it works perfectly well, and it seems to work at first, but when I go back to look at it, the spaces disappear and then when I go to edit the review, all the &nbsps (with semi colons) have disappeared too.

The blockquote code doesn't work for me either, when I copy it from my thread into a review.

Aug 9, 2017, 9:18am

>114 humouress: Pretty sure most of the codes do not work in reviews. I know the one for spoilers doesn't. Groups and reviews are different creatures because reviews are public and other sources such as libraries pull from them.

Aug 9, 2017, 9:33am

>117 MrsLee: - I seem to have managed to insert a hidden spoiler paragraph here. Are we talking about the same thing?

Aug 9, 2017, 11:24am

>117 MrsLee: I recall seeing an entire review behind a spoiler and I've seen many with several paragraphs.

Edited: Aug 9, 2017, 1:20pm

>117 MrsLee: Thanks, I see :0/

Does anyone know how I can put spaces into a review? I've tried full-stops, but somehow it doesn't look good on a family tree....

ETA: that's so weird. I'm working on my iPad and ran down the battery. After partially recharging it, I went back to have another go at the family tree - and it all looks fine.

Could someone please do me a favour and tell me what it looks like from your end? The two books are Shapechangers and Shapechanger's Song. Thanks.

Aug 9, 2017, 7:26pm

>118 abbottthomas: Oh, well maybe I've got that backwards!

Aug 9, 2017, 9:32pm

(I can see the spoilers in both threads and reviews because I haven't set it to hide. But that means I can't tell you if there's any difference.)

Aug 9, 2017, 11:47pm

>122 humouress: Set what to hide? Text within spoiler tags is hidden until you click it to unhide it. I don't believe there's a setting to always unhide spoiler text.

Edited: Aug 10, 2017, 1:37am

>123 jjwilson61: (See, now you're just making me do work and get technical.) I had a look in account settings and so on but I can't find it.

Back when LT changed to the new look (slightly different header colour on posts, different text colour on links) there was an option to stick with the old style and I stuck. Either because I opted to stay with the old style or there was a choice at the time (which, I'm sure, is reversible except I can't find it now), the spoiler tags don't work for me.

ETA: site design selection, bottom right hand corner of your profile page.

Aug 11, 2017, 4:39pm

>120 humouress: Nina, there is nothing in either of your reviews that hides a spoiler - I see the entire family tree in both.

I know from experience that most (if not all) of the HTML doesn't seem to work in the review. When I copy my thread post into review, I never bother click edit and copy the HTML version, I just copy the saved version that appears on the screen to save myself time, since the HTML doesn't work. Bummer, isn't it!

I do kind of remember an option to either see or unsee spoilers somewhere - but it is a VERY vague recollection.

Aug 11, 2017, 10:52pm

Thanks Robin. It's good to know that the family trees are working.

I should just do what you do and save myself some hassle; I copy the HTML version and then I have to go through and change stuff, but sometimes I miss things.

My recollection is equally vague about seeing or unseeing the spoiler tag. I don't use it (it was >118 abbottthomas:) since I can't see it anyway, to check I've put it in the right place and because I try to write reviews without spoilers. It's a bit hard not to put spoilers in when the Cheysuli series is an 8 book saga, though. Maybe I should switch the tags on - if I could remember how! ;0)

Jan 6, 2018, 9:29am

How do you post a moving image as opposed to a still picture? Do you still use the img src="" (in pointy brackets)? That never seems to work for me. Of course, they don't have the jpg ending.

Jan 6, 2018, 10:41am

Yes, it's the same no matter what file type. jpg, gif, png, whatever, as long as it's an image file.

Jan 6, 2018, 11:09am

Ah! Thanks.

Jan 16, 2018, 9:56pm

I've forgotten how to do the spoiler thing in my reviews, where you can block something out but it can be revealed if somebody clicks on it. Can anybody help me out here please?

Jan 16, 2018, 9:59pm

>130 Roro8: spoiler between the angle brackets
/spoiler between the angle brackets to close

Jan 16, 2018, 10:05pm

>131 Taphophile13:, great, thank you. It worked perfectly.

Edited: Jan 19, 2018, 7:34am

I believe the LT wiki was migrated due to spammer issues. I used to use a star gif from wiki in my reviews:


But now all those links are broken. Anyone know where I can find it now?

ETA: nevermind, must have been a temporary glitch.

Jan 20, 2018, 9:12pm

>134 majkia: Interesting. I just found this higher level URL — — and its sub-folders are accessible. Might be fun to browse through them when I have a chance. (Aside from the Full-star.gif, most that I've looked at so far don't seem at all interesting.)

Edited: Aug 7, 2018, 7:31pm

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Jan 5, 2019, 2:06pm

Nothing to contribute, merely bumping this helpful thread to the top.

Mar 1, 2019, 2:46pm

Recently embedded code on my home page which used to display cute little things like maps, temp, quizs etc. have stopped working. I get a tiny blue window instead. When I click on it it still takes you to the website referenced, but you can see the pic on the home page. What has changed and how can I fix it? Other people are able to display these things successfully.

Mar 1, 2019, 2:52pm

>138 varielle: My maps completely disappeared (no tiny blue window) on Firefox. I can see my visitor maps and flags on Chrome, so it may be browser dependent.

Mar 1, 2019, 3:12pm

Aha! I can see it on Safari, but not on Windows using Chrome and oddly enough can see it using Firefox. We did just go through an upgrade.

Mar 1, 2019, 5:13pm

Are the links to the images http: or https:? I think some browsers won't show an http: image on an https: page and most LT pages are https:.

Mar 2, 2019, 12:25am

For me, the blue boxes/ disappearing images fluctuate; sometimes they're there and other times they're not even without changing browsers.

Mar 4, 2019, 4:24am

Thanks for the tips, everybody!

Apr 18, 2019, 1:58pm

Can anybody tell me why, if I upload an image that I've taken on a decent camera to my computer and then to my member gallery, it seems to come out in the gallery at much lower resolution?

Apr 18, 2019, 2:36pm

>144 haydninvienna: A blind antelope (no-eye deer), sorry. But I reduce my images to 500-600 pixels across before uploading.

Apr 18, 2019, 10:17pm

>145 hfglen: sprung! (Pronked?) I didn’t want to put that question in the other threads, but it’s annoying that I can’t seem to upload a picture without it looking like I don’t know how to focus a camera.

May 4, 2019, 10:39am

& euro ; (without the spaces) gives a euro symbol: €.

Edited: May 4, 2019, 2:40pm

What did I do wrong.

May 4, 2019, 2:47pm

You need the semicolon after it. €

Edited: May 4, 2019, 2:54pm

Aha, thanks.

Jun 2, 2019, 3:49pm

I feel the answer to this is probably around somewhere, but I can't find it: if I upload a photo to my junk drawer, how do I make it appear in a Talk thread?

Jun 2, 2019, 3:51pm

Grab the url and use the picture linking html code at the beginning of this thread.

Jun 3, 2019, 3:47am

The URL doesn't end in .jpg. And when I tried cut and pasting what I can see, I just got a post with a placeholder icon for the picture.

I am obviously missing something that is obvious!

Jun 3, 2019, 5:01am

>153 -pilgrim-: AFAIK your image needs to be in jpeg, png or gif format, with the appropriate extension at the end of the file name. Any halfway decent graphics program will make a copy of your file in one of these formats (I use the GIMP, which is freeware). Reformat, reload to your junk drawer, then edit your thread post with the new URL. (You get the correct URL by opening the image in your junk drawer, right-clicking the image, and choosing "copy image location ..." on the menu that pops up.)

Jun 3, 2019, 7:29am

>155 -pilgrim-: I am working on a phone Hugh, not a PC, and the menu I get when holding down on the picture does not include a "copy image location" option.

The way I have previously inserted pictures in my threads has been to "open image in new tab" and then copy the URL address of that tab.
But the address of the image in the junk drawer takes the form of an LT post - https :// - without the .jpg suffix.

Since it displays normally in my junk drawer, I presume that it is uploading in the correct format.

Jun 3, 2019, 8:19am

>144 haydninvienna: LibraryThing photos are always lower resolution than the original. I try to use another site (like Flickr) for my higher resolution photos.

Jun 3, 2019, 9:21am

>156 clamairy: So if I post a photo on another web location and use that to link to, I could get a higher-resolution image? I must try that.

Jun 3, 2019, 9:46am

>157 haydninvienna: Yes, play around with it a bit. You always have the option of posting the photo or a link to it. (Or several.) I prefer posting the photo, because a lot of people do not like to leave LT.

Jun 3, 2019, 11:17pm

>153 -pilgrim-: I find I have to open the photo and click on it again to get a usable address.

Jun 4, 2019, 7:02am

In a pinch I have converted bmp and other non-LT friendly image formats to jpg by pasting the photo into Power Point and saving it as a jpg.

Jun 5, 2019, 11:49am

>159 humouress: yes that works for me as well. if the url is coming up as a LT post, it is not the url of the photo.

Sep 25, 2019, 9:31pm

How do I insert a photo? Is that possible?

Edited: Sep 25, 2019, 10:28pm

>162 madpoet: scroll up to the first post in this thread for instructions. The photo needs to be online somewhere already. Copy the web location of the picture into the area between the quotation marks in the tag.

If your photo isn't already online you can upload it to your member gallery or junk drawer (for either of these, you can start from your profile page, and click on the link to your gallery at the top right). The gallery is visible to others from your profile page, the junk drawer is not.

Sep 26, 2019, 4:14am

>163 NorthernStar: Thanks. I'll try it that way. The photo wasn't online.

Sep 26, 2019, 8:34am

Was it imaginary? You'll need a quantum computer to access that.

Edited: Sep 26, 2019, 8:46am

>165 MrAndrew: No, it was on my desktop.

Sep 26, 2019, 8:47am

imaginary desktop?

Sep 26, 2019, 1:28pm

>167 MrAndrew: Stop! LOL
Hey, how they hell are you, man?

Sep 26, 2019, 2:52pm

>167 MrAndrew:

I believe it's called a virtual desktop.

Sep 30, 2019, 7:07am

In that case i'm typing this while lying on a virtual pile of money on my virtual yacht, rippling my virtual muscles.

Sep 30, 2019, 7:46am

>170 MrAndrew: Ah! yes, I thought I recognized you .. .. .. ..

Sep 30, 2019, 2:45pm

Perhaps it's worth repeating what the OP wrote towards the top of the thread. And yes, I appreciate the irony of me helping to bung up the thread dot dot dot:

"This is the information thread. To make it easy for people with old computers and/or slow connections to read, please keep experimentation off this thread; that way they don't have so much to load. Thanks!"

Feb 23, 2020, 10:39am

I've read most of the posts and am still looking for how to create the spoiler feature.

Feb 23, 2020, 11:05am

>173 Tess_W: like this: <spoiler> and </spoiler>. It’s in >131 Taphophile13: , incidentally.

Edited: Mar 5, 2020, 4:02am

>1 JPB: <A HREF=""> text </A> - Creates a link to the web address shown in quotes,

Question: when creating a link, by clicking on text, do you need the quotation marks around the address?

I tried it without and it seems to work okay but I don’t know if I’m setting up a whole host of problems elsewhere.

Mar 5, 2020, 2:11pm

>175 humouress: I don't use quotation marks, and have never had problems, although the system (sometimes) adds them to the underlying hypertext, as well as something about "no-follow" that I don't understand.

Nor do I leave a blank either side of the text in the link, as presumably that will be imported into the displayed text.

Mar 5, 2020, 4:37pm

Browsers always collapse multiple spaces to one so it doesn't really matter whether you add spaces around the label or not.

And I believe that the no-follow is a directive for web crawlers not to follow the link so that people can't use LibraryThing for link spam

Edited: Mar 7, 2020, 12:38am

I remember a conversation a few years ago where I commented that it worked for me without the quotation marks "", and someone replied and said that it was dangerous to do it without them because the address could be tracked back, or something. Is that what >177 jjwilson61: is referring to? Anyway, I don't understand it but since then I have used quotation marks.

Mar 7, 2020, 5:54am

Hmm. Seems safest to keep using the quotation marks then.

Thanks everyone for the responses.

Edited: May 5, 2020, 7:58am

If a double square brackets link takes me to the author disambiguation page, because there are several authors of that name, is there any way to make the link reference the specific author that you mean?

I know about putting the work code before double colons, between single square brackets, to force reference to the specific work wanted, but putting the specific without page code does not seem to work in an analogous way.

Reposted from my own thread, as more relevant here.

Edited: Jun 1, 2020, 5:44pm

The last few times I uploaded pictures to my gallery, they came out sideways, although the original is not sideways. Two questions: How can I delete these images? I don't see a clue. And how can I post them right side up?

eta: Never mind about the delete. I found it. But I still don't know how to upload right side up.

Jun 1, 2020, 6:10pm

>181 ffortsa: I had that problem, Judy. Linda suggested—weird as it sounds—cropping the misbehaving image ever so slightly. I tried it and it worked.

My exposure to software for images, programs like Photoshop, is limited. But on on my MacBook, Photos displays an icon that looks like a toolbox. Click on that and icons for various editing tools appear. One is for cropping, and that's the one you select.

Microsoft's version of Apple's "Photos" also has an icon for editing photos, and it works pretty much the same way.

Jun 2, 2020, 12:20pm

>181 ffortsa: That happened to me recently. (Mac) I had dragged an image onto the desktop from a source and while saving to the junk drawer and then my thread the image became sideways. So I deleted it and next time I dragged it to IPHOTO and then dragged the image over to desktop (without any editing) and this time the image was right side up when I uploaded to junk drawer and then my thread. So who knows!!!! But it worked the image was in the correct orientation.

Jun 3, 2020, 11:23am

I had that problem too from going back and forth from windows to Mac.

Jun 4, 2020, 8:41pm

Yep, cropping it (not severely) worked. thanks, all.

Edited: Jun 6, 2020, 4:37pm

How do I put images in my wiki (for dummies)?

I have these coloured stars

that Robin Retzler very kindly created for me. Can I wrangle them onto a wiki page? And, if so, how? I've been looking at the wiki help page but it's all Greek to me.

ETA: I know I can get the green stars with this: Image:Full-star.gif Image:Half-star.gif Image:Blank-star.gif
but is it possible to put the coloured stars on too?

Jun 11, 2020, 4:49am

As a result of being too clever by half, I just discovered how to put in square brackets without creating a touchstone. The left bracket is ampersand-hash-91-semicolon; the right is ampersand-hash-93 (not 92)-semicolon. I also discovered that Geoff Ryman has a book called Was. Why am I not surprised?

Edited: Jun 18, 2020, 5:49am

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Jun 12, 2020, 3:03pm

>188 Novak: From your gallery, click on the picture. Just below it are these three choices:

make primary picture | edit | delete

Edited: Jun 18, 2020, 5:48am

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Jun 16, 2020, 7:12am

Delete with extreme prejudice.

Aug 6, 2020, 11:52am

How do I edit the title of a new thread?

Aug 6, 2020, 12:06pm

AFAIK you don't.

Edited: Aug 6, 2020, 12:35pm

>193 hfglen: So, spelling errors etc; in a thread title remain forever?

Would it be easier to delete the whole thread?

Aug 6, 2020, 1:45pm

Yes, they stay forever. Deleting the thread is up to you.

Aug 6, 2020, 6:44pm

You can edit the thread title for a short time after creating.

Aug 7, 2020, 5:53am

>194 Suspected.Spam: >196 fuzzi: And, of course, if you create a continuation thread you can edit/ change the thread title (but only for the same short time after creating the new one).

I think the grace period is within a few minutes of posting your first post of the thread.

Aug 9, 2020, 1:51pm

Thanks for your help.

Edited: Aug 27, 2020, 5:21pm

Directions for linking to a specific post have changed -
click on more (next to edit within post) and hover over Link.
Right click and choose copy link address.
Place the copied text between quotation marks in the a href part of the place where you want the link to be. (This is for Chrome, may be slightly different in other browsers.)

Sep 2, 2020, 10:22am

>199 markon: Thank you!

Nov 12, 2020, 4:05pm

>1 JPB: I'm playing around with some of the information you posted. Thanks so much for the help. As I learn more, I'll probably have more questions.

Dec 28, 2020, 5:22pm

This is the best of the how-to threads! Love that most of the basic info is in the first post! So, bump.

Feb 28, 2021, 12:47pm

Still use this. Like today. So bump.

Feb 28, 2021, 12:49pm

This message is pinned so there's no need to bump it

Feb 28, 2021, 12:49pm

>203 Morphidae:
Long time no see. Good to see your name pop up on a post in the GD.

Edited: Feb 28, 2021, 3:11pm

>204 jjwilson61: But....

>205 pgmcc: Thanks! It's been a rough year, eh?

Feb 28, 2021, 3:23pm

>204 jjwilson61: She no longer comes into the group*, so she doesn't see that it's pinned.

*I don't ask why.

Feb 28, 2021, 4:28pm

>206 Morphidae: It sure has. Wishing you the best.

Feb 28, 2021, 6:40pm

>207 clamairy: I know you didn't ask and I'll tell anyway.

... I had a wall of text here and decided there is probably a better thread for it. Will post it there instead...

Feb 28, 2021, 9:12pm

Hi all, it was suggested in my thread that it might be helpful to add my tactic for creating my yearly reading index to this thread. Here’s a screen shot to demonstrate how it looks.

I searched the thread to see if anything like this was already mentioned, and in truth I’m not doing anything different than what was suggested in >101 CurrerBell:. However, that post was geared toward a different objective so its application toward this purpose might not have been apparent. My approach to creating the above index is:
  • Enclose the entire reading index in the <pre> </pre> tags. This uses a monospace font so that spaces can be effectively used in each row to line up the columns.
  • Use &nbsp; to insert the spaces. When you insert multiple spaces the normal way, using the space bar, it only displays the first space.

It only takes me 1-2 minutes to create a new entry, preview it, and test my three new links. This is on a PC, and occasionally a Bad Touchstone Day can slow things down! I copy and paste a similar line (one with the same author when possible) and just change the parts that are different, adding or removing a few spaces as needed. I try to keep my width small because it will look like a jumbled mess if the table is wider than the person’s browser window, keeping in mind some people use mobile devices to access LT. On my mobile phone, it looks bad in portrait but looks ok in landscape. In my 2020 index, you can see that I sometimes have to wrap longer titles or authors around to a second line.

Here’s a screen shot of the HTML for the same list as seen above. It’s not terribly readable, and it looks like a bit of a mess, but hopefully you can see that most of it is just spaces, plus the "pre" tags I mentioned at the beginning and end. Everything else is pretty commonly-used and mentioned elsewhere in this thread. The first 4 lines after the first "pre" tag are the column headings. The 5th line starts my first entry.

Mar 1, 2021, 6:32am

>209 Morphidae: It's good to see you Morphy!

Mar 10, 2021, 4:10pm

This is wonderfully helpful. I often copy book cover pics into my home page. I can adjust the size of those originating with Amazon, but I'm struggling with pics that members uploaded. How can I keep them from being enormous? For instance. Here's the code for one that I need to shrink. What do I adjust to accomplish that? I tried changing 20 and 83 but that didn't work.

Edited: Mar 10, 2021, 8:25pm

>212 varielle: You need to add a size code inside the brackets. Hang on I'll post a screen shot.

You will probably have to play around with the numbers I use. You can just keep tweaking them until they fit.

Mar 10, 2021, 9:31pm

Thank you clam!

Mar 10, 2021, 9:54pm

>214 varielle: You are most welcome!

Mar 11, 2021, 3:52am

>213 clamairy: I have learned something new today. Thank you clamairy for the answer, and thank you >212 varielle: for the question.

Mar 11, 2021, 6:30am

I just wanted to note that you don’t actually have to use both height and width in the IMG tag. If you only use width, it will sort out for itself what the proper height should be to maintain the image’s current aspect ratio. The reverse would also be true if you prefer to specify the height and have it automatically calculate the appropriate width.

<IMG SRC="" WIDTH="50">

<IMG SRC="" WIDTH="100">

Mar 11, 2021, 7:49am

>217 YouKneeK: That is extremely useful! Much better than trying to maintain the aspect ratio manually.

Mar 11, 2021, 8:31am

>217 YouKneeK: I use 200 width for my book cover pictures in threads, but photos of grandchildren and nature I usually put at a width of 450.

Thanks for pointing out the easy way to control picture sizes.

Edited: Mar 11, 2021, 11:08am

>217 YouKneeK: Is that a newish* feature? Thanks for that info!

*Like within the last 5 years... LOL

Mar 11, 2021, 11:45am

I thought I had learned that trick up-thread. And my version doesn’t require quote marks around the number.

Mar 11, 2021, 1:25pm

>221 2wonderY: Quote marks are not required - but they are a good idea to include as your code will be less prone to generating potential errors.

Mar 11, 2021, 1:28pm

>221 2wonderY: I'm not seeing anything but JPB's original instructions in the first post. Anything that happened in here between 2013 - 2016 I would have missed. I've been here relatively regularly since then.

Mar 11, 2021, 2:15pm

>222 ScoLgo: oh, good to know!
>223 clamairy: I may have researched html codes too from elsewhere. I’ve kept the same cheat-sheet at my desk forever.

Mar 11, 2021, 6:16pm

>220 clamairy: Haha, I have no idea. I think I’ve “always” done it that way, but I also don’t think “always” goes back very many years. I’ve used more html on LT than anywhere else.

Mar 11, 2021, 11:10pm

May 11, 2021, 3:35am

This looks like something that would be useful to know about: Touchstone for a one-word common title. Note, it also covers how to do the "work_id::title" thing.

Edited: May 11, 2021, 3:37am

Another thought: there's now 228 posts in this thread, and although there's a lot of good stuff here, it takes a while to find anything in particular. Is there any way we can index it?

Edited to fix my rubbish typing.

May 11, 2021, 7:53am

>228 haydninvienna: See >226 humouress: :0)

Feel free to tidy it up and index it.

May 11, 2021, 2:21pm

Whoops! Apologies. Pardon me while I stand in the corner for a bit. As to the task, I’m game for it as long as it doesn’t have to be done in a hurry.

May 11, 2021, 4:38pm

>229 humouress: Can you edit that link into your post #2? I have the link in the group description, but it is no longer displayed with the new layout.

May 12, 2021, 12:56am

May 12, 2021, 8:31am

>232 humouress: Thank you!

Edited: May 12, 2021, 11:13pm

>233 clamairy: You’re welcome.

ETA: I tidied it up a bit.

May 13, 2021, 6:57am

Hopefully it's ok, but I made a few changes to the “Is there a way to tab or use columns?” section to explain about using the <pre> tag to get a monospace font. This allows the columns to line up as per >210 YouKneeK:.

Jun 3, 2021, 1:26pm

So if I want to put a picture from my phone on LT, I should first upload it to Flickr or Photobucket? Would DropBox work?

Jun 3, 2021, 1:34pm

I see you don’t have any pictures in your own gallery. You can upload from your profile page; top right corner. The junk drawer option is for pictures you might want to use in a thread, but don’t want available in your profile.

Be sure to slightly edit the photo before uploading, or it may load sideways.

Jun 4, 2021, 11:04am

>237 2wonderY: I don't see anything in the top right corner of my gallery or on any individual photo that can be used to put a photo in my thread. If it's not too much trouble, can you screenshot what I should be looking for please? Thanks!

Jun 4, 2021, 11:43am

Can’t do that on a phone, but I’ll try again.
Be sure you are on your profile page, not your home page:
See this I the top right corner:
“Your profile

Edit profile and account
Your member gallery”

Click on your member gallery. On the left column you will see add a picture. Clicking on that opens a box :

“Upload image

Upload my file

Or grab one from the web

To where?

Make primary picture

Jun 4, 2021, 12:13pm

>238 Storeetllr: To go along with >239 2wonderY:'s explanation, I have some screenshots available from having explained this before...



Jun 4, 2021, 12:40pm

Once you have pictures in your gallery, just grab the address as per normal. Don't forget to make sure it has the .jpg ending -

Edited: Jun 4, 2021, 12:43pm

Once you've got pictures in your gallery, just grab the image address as per usual. Make sure it has the .jpg ending (sometimes I have to open the picture and then click on it again to get that).

Edited: Jun 4, 2021, 4:38pm

Jun 4, 2021, 4:37pm

>243 Storeetllr: After I load the picture in my Junk Drawer, I right-click on it and choose 'Copy Image Link'. That puts the image URL into the clipboard for pasting. The right-click thing, (might be windows-only), is a shortcut for copying the URL out of your browser's address bar.

Jun 4, 2021, 4:38pm

>243 Storeetllr: Yes! It finally clicked with me. Took long enough, but I finally got it! Thanks!

Jun 4, 2021, 6:36pm

>245 Storeetllr: So..... Show us.

Jun 4, 2021, 10:33pm

>246 2wonderY: Haha...really?

Okay, you asked for it.

Jun 5, 2021, 2:13am

Very funny.

Edited: Jun 5, 2021, 4:03am

Yeah, I can’t get that html to work from my phone either, so I just copy the link.

Maybe someone can tutor both of us on that.

Edited: Jun 5, 2021, 4:19am

>247 Storeetllr: I tried replacing your " with ' and it worked ok for me.

I am using an Android phone.

Jun 5, 2021, 4:39am

She posted a screen shot, so something worked.

You do have to use the correct inverted commas; I think they're the straight ones. They're the 'normal' ones on my keyboard but if I'm using my iPad (or iPhone - but I rarely do fiddly things like that on it), I have to hold down the button and pick the straight quote marks (the default ones are slanted).

Edited: Jun 5, 2021, 4:44am

I didn’t even know about the hold down and the various choices it gives. Thanks!!!

Jun 5, 2021, 4:59am

>252 2wonderY: You're welcome. *buffs nails*

Jun 5, 2021, 3:24pm

>252 2wonderY: Who's that ADORABLE baby in the bright yellow galoshes? Oh, wait. It's my granddaughter, Ruby. (Haha, love that you posted that picture here. Everytime I see her, I smile. Thanks!)

Jun 5, 2021, 3:26pm

>251 humouress: Aargh, the pesky slanted quotation marks! I never knew how to change them, thanks.

Edited: Jun 5, 2021, 3:34pm

>251 humouress: I just copied/pasted the HTML language from >1 JPB:, substituting my image address for the one in the example.

Jun 6, 2021, 6:19am

>256 Storeetllr: I think whether you default to straight quotes or have your software set to helpfully curl them. Since I sometimes write in languages where ' is not part of a pair of quotation marks, I keep that option switched off.

Jun 6, 2021, 8:08am

>254 Storeetllr: I thought it would be okay, since you did post it to your gallery. Remember, you can also use the junk drawer, and those pictures are separate and private (I think)

Here’s one of my grands:

Jun 6, 2021, 11:30am

>258 2wonderY: "What, who me? No, no, I didn't steal your chickens...

Jun 6, 2021, 1:31pm

Gorgeous children. And I'm glad everyone knows what there doing.

Jun 6, 2021, 2:15pm

>258 2wonderY: Adorable! (No, it's fine that you posted. I love seeing that beloved face wherever it's posted. And yes, it was in my Gallery and I also have a junk drawer, so it's all good.)

Jun 6, 2021, 2:20pm

Can we go back to leaving this thread for technical questions and answers now? LOL

Jun 6, 2021, 2:21pm

>262 clamairy: Oops. Yes, let's.

Jun 6, 2021, 6:15pm

We had to practice to see if the advice was good...

Jun 6, 2021, 8:45pm

Jul 12, 2021, 2:28pm


Alt+0188 = ¼
Alt+0189 = ½
Alt+0190 = ¾

Jul 12, 2021, 8:33pm

>266 cyderry: What do you put around those commands to make them come out fractions?

Edited: Jul 12, 2021, 11:08pm

>267 Citizenjoyce: you don't need to put anything around them. You just hold down the Alt key and then enter the number on the key pad. Using the number keys in the regular keyboard won't work.

Edited to add this link to a page of Alt codes

Jul 13, 2021, 9:01am

>267 Citizenjoyce: This only works with a keyboard, not on a phone or tablet. On a phone you just press the 1 (or whatever digit you need) until the fractions appear and you pick the one you want.

Jul 13, 2021, 9:06am

>267 Citizenjoyce: You can also use plus the number,

Jul 13, 2021, 1:22pm

Thank you.

Jan 6, 9:49am

Is there a way to create small cap text within LT, either by pointy-bracket jiggery-pokery or a keyboard shortcut?

I've got CK for some early-ish books to enter, that use italics and small caps with gay abandon, and using full caps looks a bit shouty. Many thanks.

Apr 17, 8:12am

Greetings and apologies for waking a sleeping beast... but any help resolving this error/ bug is much appreciated.

LT does not fully hyperlink this URL:

As you can see above, "(musical)" is not linked.

However hyperlinking a text or image with the same URL works fine:

This way to the LOTR musical ♫ 🎶

This works fine too.

Apr 18, 10:07am

>273 mr.philistine: Unfortunately, I don't believe that's a bug. It's a feature.

Many places in LibraryThing consider anything in parenthetical text to be "metadata" and will display but not "recognize" it.

It's a pain in Talk and I'm looking for a workaround but other than what you did (creating a text link), I'm not sure there are other options.

Apr 18, 11:57am

>274 Morphidae: I posted this problem in the Bug Collectors forum and got a workaround here:

Edited: May 6, 7:49pm

I missed something in the update. To edit things in one's home page you used to be able to paste code like this img src=""> to put a pic on your page. This doesn't work anymore, so what is the procedure? I removed one of the arrow brackets because the pic shows up on this entry.

Update: Doh - I figured it out. Thanks folks.

May 7, 9:49am

>276 varielle: So has it changed, or were you missing something?

Edited: May 7, 6:58pm

>277 clamairy: It has changed. I found the link at the top that shows the code.

May 9, 2:35am

I feel I’m missing something really obvious but I can’t work out how to add a picture to my gallery or my junk drawer. I see that ‘gallery’ now has its own tab and it may be that it’s because I’m on my iPad but I can’t find an ‘add photo’ button. Help please?

May 9, 3:10am

>279 humouress:

It's a bug in the LT2-ifying of the gallery page. Apparently the "upload image" button is so far off to the right that it does not appear on smaller screens.

May 9, 3:55am

>280 Petroglyph: Thanks; I'm happy it's not me, then.

Jun 18, 10:34am

>281 humouress: It's been fixed in the meantime.