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How can I convert links (url displayed in the browser) from :

www.mywebsite.com/?p=13

to something like this :

www.mywebsite.com/title_of_the_topic
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migrated from webmasters.stackexchange.com Nov 13 '11 at 0:11

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Go to Settings->Permalinks, select Custom Structure, and set the text box to just /%postname%/

You might consider the second bullet point in the docs recommending against this particular URL pattern, though. This was addressed in 3.3

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