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How do you collapse a link?

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A few minutes ago I wanted to insert a link into a forum article, but have it appear in a shortened form, just one or two words, so as not to disrupt the flow of the piece. I used the "figure eight" symbol tool up top, but it didn't do what I had hoped for. 


Here's the passage in question: 



Fennel 茴香 (huixiang) here means the fragrant lacy fronds of the fennel plant;  not the solid bulb that you are used to seeing in the west. If you've traveled much in China, you have probably met it paired with ground pork in dumplings 茴香猪肉饺子, but in Yunnan it's prized as the prime ingredient of a very tasty soup. Yunnan takes pride in making main dishes out of several items that you are used to thinking of as seasoning or garnish. Mint is one such that we have looked at before. Link to that: https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/topic/51575-early-kunming-summer-mint-soup-and-mangoes/?tab=comments#comment-395769 


I had wanted to avoid having the whole url of the link show, since it's long. Pretty sure there is a way to do it, but I don't know how.


Can anyone help? 



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Select the text you want to be a link, by clicking at the start and dragging to the end.


Then click on the link icon, to the left of the double quotes icon, and put in the URL (http etc), which is easiest if you copy-paste it from your browser's URL bar.




It should then end up looking like this



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Thanks, I'll try that method. 


Mint soup 


Yes, it worked! Exactly what I was looking for. Appreciate the help @mungouk

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