Understanding hyperlinks in Word


Hyperlinks have two basic parts: the address (URL) of the webpage and the display text. For example, the address could be http://www.popsci.com, and the display text could be "Popular Science Magazine". When you create a hyperlink in Word, you'll be able to choose both the address and the display text.


Word often recognizes email and web addresses as you type and will automatically format them as hyperlinks after you press Enter or the spacebar. In the images below, you can see a hyperlinked email address and a hyperlinked web address.

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To follow a hyperlink in Word, hold the Ctrl key and click on the hyperlink.


To format text with a hyperlink:

  1. Select the text you would like to format as a hyperlink.


Select the Insert tab, then click the Hyperlink command.


  1. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will appear.
  2. The selected text will appear in the Text to display: field at the top. You can change this text if you wish.
  3. In the Address: field, type the address you would like to link to, then click OK.
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  5. The text will then be formatted as a hyperlink.
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  7. To remove a hyperlink, right-click the hyperlink and select Remove Hyperlink from the menu that appears.
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After you create a hyperlink, you should test it. If you've linked to a website, your web browser should automatically open and display the site. If it doesn't work, check the hyperlink address for misspellings.


Alternatively, you can open the Insert Hyperlink dialog box by right-clicking the selected text and selectingHyperlink... from the menu that appears. Once you've inserted a hyperlink, you can then right-click the hyperlink to edit, open, copy, or remove it.

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