Here's our Internet Explorer Tip for.. April 20, 2000
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Make URLs More Friendly
As you surf the Web, you can point to a hyperlink on the page and see the link address displayed in the status bar (it's the bottom bar in the browser window, and it usually says Done, showing that a page has finished downloading). Often the URL you wish to view is too long to fit into the Status bar. As an option, you can choose to view "friendly" addresses, which are shortened versions of the URLs. Here's how to check it out (you can always change back by reversing these steps).

First, select Tools, Internet Options, and click the Advanced tab. Scroll down to the Browsing section. Select Show Friendly URLs. Click OK twice to save your changes. Now surf to a site, and point to (but don't click) the link. You'll see quite a change from what you're used to. Pages within the site show the file name. Pages outside the site display the domain name, and in some cases the file name. Not a perfect fix, but more useful in many instances.