Auto Linking is a function available in different methods of Communication where user-typed text can be turned into a link to a character, corporation, solar system, station or item.
Making a Link
There are two methods to auto link one of the above items into a communication.
Drag and Drop
Some items, such as Fittings, items from a hanger, or characters from the chat roster can be dragged into a chat channel or an EVEMail and a link to that item will be made.
Highlight and Right-Click
Text in the input part of the chat window can be selected, and then right-clicked to bring up a context-sensitive menu. The last option on this menu is Auto Link which, when selected, will open another menu. This menu contains a list of all the item types that can be linked. When a selection is made, the Auto Link system will try and match your selected text to an item name. A list of potential matches will be shown, and upon selection your selected text will be made into alink.
Using a Link
Any text that is highlighted orange in a communication is a link to one of the above types of items. Right clicking on this link will open a context-sensitive menu for that item type with actions that can be performed.
When To Make a Link
Generally, if you are asking for any help with a specific object, such as a price check for an item, feedback on a fitting, or assistance in a system, you sould try and remember to make an auto link to the item in question. This will allow others to quickly look at the item to give you the information or assistance you need. The easier you make it for someone to help you, the more likely they will.