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I am writing a software user manual so the topic is about possible situations which its users may come across.

Here is an example sentence:

The button saves the current URL in the browser.

Usage of current above does not mention the present time actually, so what is the proper way to mention "current" for future events?

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According to Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary:

1 b (1) : presently elapsing <the current year> (2) : occurring in or existing at the present time <the current crisis> (3) : most recent <the magazine's current issue>

Two of these definitions mention present:

2 a : being in view or at hand
b : existing in something mentioned or under consideration

So using current is correct, as it always denotes whatever time the sentence refers to.

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I don't think the use of "current" is that ambiguous here, but if you do, you still can make your sentence more explicit:

The button saves the current URL in the browser.
("current" at the time when you will press said button)

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