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How to Remove Hyperlinks in Word (also, Turn Off Hyperlinks)

Hyperlinks are clickable links that take you to a specific web page, or source, within or outside your Word document. Microsoft Word occasionally inserts clickable links where you do not want them (i.e., citations and within the text).

Links can be helpful in some cases, but they can also appear cluttered, unprofessional, or unnecessary in a printed document.

How to Remove Hyperlinks in Word

You can add or remove hyperlinks as needed depending on the requirements of your Word document.

When you enter or copy and paste URLs into Word, hyperlinks are added automatically to the Word document. To follow the link in Word, hold down the control (ctrl) key while clicking on it. It is hard to keep up with everything Microsoft Word does with so many features and functions.

Follow the link in Word

Tip: To follow the link in Word for Mac, hold down the ⌘ command key while clicking on it.

While helpful hyperlinks can also be annoying, for example, when a user copies information from a website such as Wikipedia and pastes it into a Word document, the hyperlinks follow. These hyperlinks are useless because you do not want them in your document.

This article teaches you how to remove hyperlinks from a Word document so you can get back to work.

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Remove Hyperlinks in Word using Tools Menu Option

Microsoft Word Tools menu has an option that lets you remove hyperlinks from your document. Here’s how.

1. Highlight the hyperlink you want to remove and “Right-click” on it.

Right-click anywhere on a hyperlink to remove it from Word

2. Click “Remove Hyperlink.”

Click "Remove Hyperlink."

3. The text/characters will revert to their original color and appear as default text.

Text or Characters appear as normal text after removing the hyperlink

Alternatively, you can right-click anywhere on a link and click “Edit Hyperlink” in the pop-up menu that appears. This option displays the window shown below. On that window, click “Remove Link” and then click “OK.”

On the "Edit Hyperlink" window, click "Remove Link" and then select "OK"

Remove All Hyperlinks in MS Word using HotKeys

HotKeys make it faster and easier to delete hyperlinks in MS Word primarily because they delete multiple links regardless of how many are in your document. In the first process, the right-click method deletes hyperlinks one by one. Here is how to remove all hyperlinks in Word.

If there are numerous links on multiple pages, it is preferable to remove all hyperlinks in Word using hotkeys.

Windows users can use these hotkeys:

It is easy to remove all hyperlinks using Windows hotkeys. Here is how.

  1. To highlight the entire text in your Word document, press “Ctrl + A” simultaneously.
  2. To remove all the links, press “Ctrl + Shift + F9.”
Windows hotkeys to remove hyperlinks from Word

Mac users can use these hotkeys:

To remove all hyperlinks using Mac hotkeys, do the following.

  1. To highlight the entire text in the article, press “CMD + A.”
  2. To remove all hyperlinks at once, press “CMD + fn + Shift + F9.”
Mac hotkeys to remove hyperlinks from Word

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Remove Hyperlinks From MS Word Documents using Macros

The Macro Recorder is a helpful tool included in Word that allows you to record a series of preferred options and playback the macro when needed. You can also manually enter Visual Basic code to create a macro that removes hyperlinks from all open Word documents.

To start, simultaneously press the “Alt + F11” hotkey to launch the Visual Basic editor. To open a Module window where you can enter macro code, select “Insert,” and click “Module.” Then, “Ctrl + C” to copy and “Ctrl + V” to paste the below code into the module window of MS Word.

1. To open the Visual Basic editor, simultaneously press the “Alt + F11” hotkey.

Press the "Alt + F11" hotkey to open the Visual Basic editor in Word

2. Click “Insert” on the “Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications” window.

Click "Insert"

3. Select “Module” to bring up the Module window, where you can enter the macro code.

Select "Module"

4. Highlight the code below and press “Ctrl + C” to copy and “Ctrl + V” to paste it into the MS Word module window.

Copy and paste the code into the Microsoft Word module window

Sub ClearHyperlinks()
Dim oField As Field
For Each oField In ActiveDocument.Fields
If oField.Type = wdFieldHyperlink Then
oField.Unlink
End If
Next
Set oField = Nothing
End Sub

Once you have pasted the above code, use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + S” to save the macro.

Use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl + S" to save the macro

To run the macro, go back to your document, and do the following.

1. Click the “File” tab at the top.

Click the "File" tab from the top left in Word

2. Click “Options” at the bottom.

Click "Options" at the bottom

3. In the Word Options window, select “Customize Ribbon.”

Select "Customize Ribbon" from the left menu options

4. Under “Customize the Ribbon,” locate and check the “Developer” option and click “OK.”

Under "Customize the Ribbon," find and check the "Developer" option and click "OK"

5. Then select the newly added “Developer” tab in the ribbon.

Select the "Developer" tab in the ribbon

6. Click “Macros.”

Click "Macros" from the left

7. Then choose “ClearHyperlinks” and click “Run.”

Select "ClearHyperlinks" and click "Run"

Congrats! You removed all hyperlinks in open Word documents at the same time.

Copying and Pasting Plain Text Hyperlinks

You may want to paste copied links as plain text to display the complete web address.

1. Copy the website link you want to use by pressing the “Ctrl + C” hotkey.

Use "Ctrl + C" hotkey to copy the website link you want to use in Word

2. In MS Word, right-click and choose “Keep Text Only” from the context menu but do not press the “Enter” key after pasting the web address as that converts the URL to hyperlink format.

Right-click and choose "Keep Text Only"  option from the context menu

Tip: “Keep Text Only” option will appear only after copying the link or the web address you want to use.

Remove the hyperlink format from the URL using right-click

Tip: To remove the hyperlink format from the URL, right-click on it and choose the Remove hyperlink option. It will convert the web address as a plain text hyperlink.

How to Turn Off Automatic Hyperlink Formatting in Word

Word converts URLs to hyperlinks automatically, but you can prevent this from happening. Here’s how.

1. Click the “File” tab.

Click the "File" tab in Word

2. Select the “Options” button from the left pane to open the “Word Options” window.

Select the "Options" button from the left pane

3. Select “Proofing” from the left menu.

Select "Proofing" in Word Options window

4. Click the “AutoCorrect Options button.

Click "AutoCorrect Options"

5. Choose the “AutoFormat As You Type” tab.

In the AutoCorrect window, choose the "AutoFormat As You Type" tab

6. Clear the check box “Internet and network paths with hyperlinks.”

Clear "Internet and network paths with hyperlinks" check box

7. Click on the “OK” button on the “AutoCorrect” and “Word Options” windows to apply changes.

Click OK to apply changes

All URLs entered in Word documents will now be displayed in plain text.

Conclusion

There are several methods for converting Word document links to plain text URLs. Word has hotkeyscontext menu options, and macros that you can use to delete hyperlinks from Word documents.

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Reference:

  1. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/remove-or-turn-off-hyperlinks-027b4e8c-38f8-432c-b57f-6c8b67ebe3b0