A hyperlink is a link that makes it possible to direct you to another place by clicking on it. This could be a link in the same Word document, to another file, or a website. There are different ways to insert a hyperlink in a Word document. How do you create a hyperlink in a Word document? This article will show you how to add, edit and remove a hyperlink in a Word document.
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How to add a hyperlink
If you want to add a web page as a hyperlink in your document, you can copy the link and insert it into your Word document. We will show you how to do this in the steps below.
- First, you need to open your browser and enter the website > Then go to the exact web page you want. We have used Microsoft’s web page to create and edit a hyperlink.
- Then click on the web address at the top, so it becomes blue. If not, press the shortcut CTRL + A to select the entire web address of a web page. Or triple-click on the web address to select it.
- Thereafter right-click on it, and select Copy as shown in the below picture. You can also copy it by using the shortcut CTRL + C on your keyboard.
Once you have copied the web page, you can paste it into your Word document. Right-click on your Word document and select Paste. Or use the shortcut CTRL + V on your keyboard to paste the link.
Remember that you have to click ENTER or the Spacebar to make the hyperlink effective. It turns blue like on the right picture because Microsoft Word converts the address into a hyperlink.
You can also add a hyperlink to a number, symbol, word, or sentence in your document. If you don’t like to show an entire link, you should consider adding it to a letter or word in a sentence. In the next section, we will show you three different ways to add a hyperlink to a word.
1. Right-click on a word to add hyperlink
- First, you can start by selecting the word or put your mouse cursor on the word.
- Now you have to right-click on the selected word.
- A list shows up, where you have to select Link. If you did not select the word initially, it would automatically be selected after you click Link.
2. Use the Insert tab
You can also select a word, or put your mouse cursor on the word > Then go to Insert tab > Click on Link.
3. Use a shortcut to add hyperlink
The fastest way to add a hyperlink to a word is by using a shortcut. First, you have to select a word or put your mouse cursor on it.
Then use the shortcut to add a hyperlink: CTRL + K.
First, press the CTRL button, then click K on your keyboard. This will automatically open a new box called Insert Hyperlink. Now we have come to the part, where you have to create a hyperlink in a Word document.
Create and edit a hyperlink
If you have followed the steps before, you have managed to insert a hyperlink in a Word document. In the box called Insert Hyperlink, you need to create a hyperlink in Word.
It depends on which kind of hyperlink you want to create. In our example, we are going to insert the same web page as before.
- On the left side, you have to be in the Existing File or Web Page.
- Then, go to Address and paste the web page link.
- Click OK to confirm.
Use a shortcut to follow hyperlink
Now you have created a hyperlink into your document. The word here turns blue and will look like the example below. If you put your mouse cursor over the hyperlink, you can read this pop-up window with information. This tooltip tells you which source you have linked to, and the bottom line shows you how to get there. Press the CTRL button on your keyboard and click on the hyperlink to access this web page. Depending on your Word Options.
You can only use the shortcut CTRL + Click to follow a hyperlink if you have turned this option ON in your Word Options. Follow the steps below to see where you can find this option.
Go to File at the top of your Word document > Click on More to open Options > Word Options box opens.
In the Word Options box follow these steps below:
- Click on Advanced in the left pane.
- Then tick of the box > Use CTRL + Click to follow hyperlink.
- Click OK to confirm.
How to edit a hyperlink
Once you have inserted the hyperlink, you can easily edit a hyperlink in Word. It is mostly done in the box called Edit Hyperlink.
First, you have to go to the hyperlink in your Word document. Then right-click on it > Select Edit Hyperlink. See the below picture.
You can also click on the hyperlink and go to the Insert tab > Then click on Link in the ribbon. This will also open the same box.
Or click on the hyperlink > Use the shortcut CTRL + K to open the Edit Hyperlink box.
How to add a ScreenTip to a hyperlink
Once you open the box called Edit Hyperlink, you can start to edit your hyperlink in Word. Write a different web address or link to somewhere else in your document.
When you put your mouse cursor over the hyperlink, a little box with information appears. The text of information that is written in it is called the ScreenTip. Did you know that you can change this in the box Edit Hyperlink?
In the beginning, we did not write a ScreenTip. Therefore, the link to Microsoft webpage was written in the tooltip box. Now you can change this by clicking on the ScreenTip button in the Edit Hyperlink box.
Now a little box appears called Set Hyperlink ScreenTip, which is highlighted in the below picture. In the white field, you can write any text you like. Then click OK to confirm. Don’t forget to click OK in the Edit Hyperlink box as well.
Once you have changed the ScreenTip text, you can see the difference in your Word document. Both pictures are linking to the same web page. The left picture is before changes were made in the ScreenTip. The right picture shows the information we have written in the ScreenTip text.
Remove the Hyperlink
The fastest way to remove a hyperlink is to right-click on it and select Remove Hyperlink.
You can also open the box called Edit Hyperlink > Click on Remove Link. It will remove the hyperlink immediately.
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Now you found out how easy it is to add a hyperlink in a Word document. You can edit a hyperlink and remove it whenever you want in Word. How do you create a hyperlink in a Word document?