Internet shortcut URL encoding

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Internet
Internet Browser
URL Encoding
Web page design
How do I force a desktop internet shortcut to go to the specific point I want on a web-page, ie NOT the top of the page ?

Software/Hardware used:
Vista Home Premium and IE8

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You really cant – the desktop shorcuts go to the URL, and really have no way of sifting through the page content to go exactly where you want it to start…

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  • Johnaldo
    Thanks for the quick reply. However, last week I did manage to do it (accidentally !) but I'm now unable to recreate how it happened.
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  • carlosdl
    That is certainly possible, but the page has to be coded to allow it. You can jump to specific sections of a page if those sections have been defined. The URL would look something like this: http://your.page.url/something/default.html#section
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  • carlosdl
    For example, this URL points to the discussion section of this question (not to the top of the page): http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/itanswers/internet-shortcut/#comments
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  • Rakei
    What ablout Adding your Web to your favourites..right click the web within the favourites and copy, then you can paste it on your Desktop..
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  • Johnaldo
    Carlosdl:- where do I find the section name - the bit you put after the # - how did you know it was "comments". Rakei:- Tried your suggestion but it didn't work.
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  • carlosdl
    As I said before, the section may not exist. Try right-clicking on the page and select "view source" from the popup menu. In the source code, search for something like this:
    <a name="
    or
    <a id="
    If you find some of these tags, the section name would be what's inside the quotes. For example:
    <a name="comments"></a>
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  • Johnaldo
    No luck with that either I'm afraid
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  • Johnaldo
    Strange thing is, if I refresh the page it automatically scrolls down to where I was !
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  • RamseyB
    Try downloading Notepad++ and searching the source code for <a name=" or <a id=" Thats how I got this Thanks Carlos, that is pretty cool.
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  • RamseyB
    Haha, sorry messed up the naming of that one, but brings me to the Discuss this Question box :)
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  • Robert2010
    Just create an anchor within the text. Nice example Carlos.
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  • Chippy088
    Sixball and Carlosdl have this pretty well wrapped up. @jonaldo AFIK the refresh may appear to be doing what you want, possibly because the refresh is done from the local internet cache, and not from the website. That's why it won't do it when loading the page from the bookmark. @robert2010 The question did not state that the web page coding was under Jonaldo' control. I would be interested to know how to put an anchor in the bookmark of a web page belonging to a 3rd party.
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  • Johnaldo
    [...] Internet shortcut URL encoding [...]
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