How to Create a Clickable Link in Word
A hyperlink in Word works like one on a website or e-mail message. When you hyperlink text or visuals, they become clickable and take you to another page or section of your document.
Hyperlinks can also take you to webpages and files outside your Word document.
In Microsoft Word, you can create links to existing or new files on your device, e-mail addresses, and specific areas in a document.
This article teaches you how to create, insert, edit and remove a hyperlink in Word.
Tip: Word automatically creates a hyperlink if you press ENTER after you type or paste the web address or a URL, such as https://www.techlogicalinc.com.
Insert a Link in Word
Here’s how to insert a link in word.
1. Select the text or visual you want to use as a hyperlink.
2. Select the Insert tab in the Tools menu.
3. Click the Links group drop-down menu.
4. Select Insert Link to add a hyperlink.
Shortcut: On your keyboard, press ⌘ Command+K (Mac) or Ctrl+K (PC) to insert a hyperlink on any selected text.
5. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box that appears, choose the type of object you want to link to:
- Existing File or Web Page: Creates a link to another existing document, a file created in another software, such as an Excel workbook or a webpage.
- Place in This Document: Takes you to a heading or bookmark in the same document.
- Create New Document: It creates a new Word document and then adds a hyperlink to the new document.
- E-mail Address: Creates a clickable e-mail address that, when clicked, generates a new e-mail message.
6. Indicate where the link should lead:
- Choose from the various options available depending on what you’re linking to in Word. Enter the path to an external file or webpage, a header or bookmark in the document, a new file name, or an e-mail address.
7. Once you do that, click OK.
Note: When you hold down the Ctrl key and click the selected hyperlink text, it will take you to the specified location (or create a new e-mail message or Word document).
Change or Edit an Existing Hyperlink
To edit a hyperlink, do the following.
1. Right-click on the link.
2. Click Edit Hyperlink.
3. In the Edit Hyperlink dialog box, type the text next to “Text to display” or the address you want to use for the link.
4. Once done, click OK.
How to Remove a Hyperlink in Word
You can remove a single hyperlink or delete many links at once. Here’s how.
Remove a single hyperlink:
To remove a single hyperlink, do the following.
1. To delete a hyperlink, right-click on it.
2. Click the Remove Hyperlink option.
Tip: To remove the hyperlink along with the text, click and drag the cursor across the link, then press Delete.
Remove all hyperlinks at once:
To remove all hyperlinks at once in a Word document by using a keyboard shortcut. Here’s how.
- Press Ctrl+A on your keyboard to highlight all text.
- Then, press Ctrl+Shift+F9 simultaneously.
Following the above steps will remove all hyperlinks from your document.
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