Depending on what browser you're using, (Internet Explorer, FireFox, Google Chrome) there should be a tab at the top that has a short title about what webpage you're on. Directly next to it there should be a miniature tab with a + on it. If you click on that, a new tab will open and you can surf all you want while keeping the bonsai tab open. Just click the top of the bonsai tab when you want to go back.
This doesn't work so well if your screen goes dark (if you've left the computer for some reason) while you're posting, as when you try to upload everything will be lost. You can easily fix this by highlighting everything, right-clicking, and then hitting "copy". Then you can re-open a reply box and paste everything in.
Hello Youri and Hannah,
Thank you both for popping in to help me with this.
Youri...yes, I was having to exit the forum every time I wanted to search for a link and I would lose the message I was writing. I didn't know how to open a new tab. So that's what that little icon up there is for!!!
Hannah...I am using Windows Internet Explorer. Ahhh...I had no idea what that little box was for. It appears empty until I put my cursor on it 'then' it says *new tab*!!! Huh! I never knew how to open a new tab before. Do you use the little link icon on the forum's boardcode bar as Youri suggested? I did although I still had to go to the new tab window that you told me about.
So between the two of you, I have learned something new that is time saving and definitely reduces my frustration level! Thank you both so much!
Ohhhh Noooo!!! The three links I added didn't show up in my post! Oh darn! What did I do wrong?
Here's what I did...I clicked on the link icon on the boardcode bar above. Two new bars open: one for the URL and one for Text. I don't know what the Text one is for, so I ignored it. I had to go search for a link so I clicked on the *new tab* square in the upper portion of my screen which takes me to my Windows Live Home Page. I clicked on *Favorites*, clicked on the website I wanted...when it opened, I copied the link at the very top of my screen. I then clicked out of the website, then out of my Windows Live Home page which brought me back to the forum and my message which was still open. I then pasted the link in the URL box above and clicked on *insert*. I copied and pasted three links this way and they were there in my message until I hit submit...that's when they disappeared. ...sigh...