Arduino will not load Attiny85 board

Newbie. Pls help. I'm trying to program the Attiny85 via an Arduino UNO. I have tried uploading this recommended file:
Issues: The ide will not allow me to copy and past the link into the Additional Boards Manager URL box in the Preferences tab.
I then type the link in manually, triple check the spelling, and click OK.
The board does not show up in the board manager.
Pls help

Did you open Tools > Board > Boards Manager?

Yes I did

After you click the "Close" button, do you see any red text in the black console pane at the bottom of the Arduino IDE window?

Yes. I get - error downloading

What happens if you copy and paste the URL from the console window into your browser's URL bar? Are you able to load the file in your browser?

I am unable to copy past. I can highlight the URL, but when I click right mouse it doe nothing, does not copy to my clipboard. I have to manually type the URL into my browser to access the web site. Copy click works fine in all other programs.

Yes, the right click menu is not available in either place. Now is the time for you to learn an essential skill for any programmer, and really for any computer user. You can use keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste. This is much, much faster than using the mouse, which is very important when you're doing a lot of copy/paste, as is often the case while programming.

  • Highlight the text you want to copy.
  • Press Ctrl+C to copy the selected text to the clipboard.
  • Click where you want to paste the text.
  • Press "Ctrl + V". This will paste the copied text.

That did it!!!

Learn something new every day.

Thanks again :slight_smile:


I'm glad to hear it!

I'm all about that rapid fire keyboard copy/paste action. I often use it in combination with the Alt + Tab keyboard shortcut, so:

  • Select the text to copy
  • Ctrl + C
  • Alt + Tab to switch to the window I want to paste to.
  • Ctrl + V

Somewhat esoteric, but I actually prefer the alternative Ctrl + Insert/Shift + Insert keyboard shortcuts for copy/paste. It may be purely a matter of habit and muscle memory, since for some reason I learned these shortcuts first and continued using them even after knowing about Ctrl +C/V.