Create, format, or delete a hyperlink

Microsoft Word creates a hyperlink for you when you press ENTER or the SPACEBAR after you type the address of an existing Web page, such as www.contoso.com.

If you want to click to follow a link instead of pressing CTRL while clicking, see Click to follow a link.

What do you want to do?


Create a customized hyperlink to a document, file, or Web page

  1. Select the text or picture that you want to display as the hyperlink.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Hyperlink.

Hyperlink

You can also right-click the text or picture and then click Hyperlink Button image on the shortcut menu.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To link to an existing file or Web page, click Existing File or Web Page under Link to, and then type the address that you want to link to in the Address box. If you don't know the address for a file, click the arrow in the Look in list, and then navigate to the file that you want.
    • To link to a file that you haven't created yet, click Create New Document under Link to, type the name of the new file in the Name of new document box, and then, under When to edit, click Edit the new document later or Edit the new document now.

 Note   To customize the ScreenTip that appears when you rest the pointer over the hyperlink, click ScreenTip and then type the text that you want. If you don't specify a tip, Word uses the path or address of the file as the tip.

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Create a hyperlink to a blank e-mail message

  1. Select the text or picture that you want to display as the hyperlink.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Hyperlink.

Hyperlink

You can also right-click the text or picture and then click Hyperlink Button image on the shortcut menu.

  1. Under Link to, click E-mail Address.
  2. Either type the e-mail address that you want in the E-mail address box, or select an e-mail address in the Recently used e-mail addresses list.
  3. In the Subject box, type the subject of the e-mail message.

 Notes 

 Tip   You can also create a hyperlink to a blank e-mail message by typing the address in the document. For example, type someone@example.com, and Word creates the hyperlink for you, unless you turned off automatic formatting of hyperlinks.

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Create a hyperlink to a specific location

To link to a location in the same document or in a different document, you must mark the hyperlink location or destination and then add the link to it.

Mark the hyperlink location

You can mark the hyperlink location by inserting a bookmark (bookmark: A location or selection of text in a file that you name for reference purposes. Bookmarks identify a location within your file that you can later refer or link to.). If you’re linking to a location in the same document, you can also use a heading style to mark a location.

Insert a bookmark

In the document that you want to link to, do the following:

  1. Select the text or item to which you want to assign a bookmark, or click where you want to insert a bookmark.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Bookmark.

Hyperlink

  1. Under Bookmark name, type a name.

Bookmark names must begin with a letter and can contain numbers. You can't include spaces in a bookmark name. However, you can use the underscore character to separate words — for example, First_heading.

  1. Click Add.

Apply a heading style

When you’re linking to a location in the same document, you can apply one of the built-in heading styles in Word to the text at the location that you want to go to. In the current document, do the following:

  1. Select the text to which you want to apply a heading style.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the style that you want.

Styles group

For example, if you selected text that you want to style as a main heading, click the style called Heading 1 in the Quick Styles gallery.

Add a link to a specific location in the current document

  1. Select the text or object that you want to display as the hyperlink.
  2. Right-click and then click Hyperlink Button image on the shortcut menu.
  3. Under Link to, click Place in This Document.
  4. In the list, select the bookmark or heading or that you want to link to.

 Note   To customize the ScreenTip that appears when you rest the pointer over the hyperlink, click ScreenTip, and then type the text that you want. If you don't specify a tip, Word uses "Current document" as the tip for links to headings. For links to bookmarks, Word uses the bookmark name.

Add a link to a specific location in another document

  1. Select the text or object that you want to display as the hyperlink.
  2. Right-click and then click Hyperlink Button image on the shortcut menu.
  3. Under Link to, click Existing File or Web Page.
  4. Click the file that you want to link to, and then click Bookmark.
  5. In the list, select the bookmark that you want to link to.

 Note   To customize the ScreenTip that appears when you rest the pointer over the hyperlink, click ScreenTip and then type the text that you want. If you don't specify a tip, Word uses "Current document" as the tip for links to headings. For links to bookmarks, Word uses the bookmark name.

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Quickly create a hyperlink to another file

You can create a hyperlink quickly without having to use the Insert Hyperlink dialog box by dragging selected text or pictures from a Word document.

 Important   The text that you copy must come from a file that has already been saved.

 Note   You cannot drag drawing objects, such as Shapes, to create hyperlinks. To create a hyperlink for a drawing object, select the object, right-click, and then click Hyperlink Button image on the shortcut menu.

Create a hyperlink by dragging content from another Word document

  1. Save the file that you want to link to. This is the destination document.
  2. Open the document where you want to add a hyperlink.
  3. Open the destination document and select the text, graphic, or other item you want to go to.

For example, you might want to select the first few words of a section of a document that you want to link to.

  1. Right-click the selected item, drag it to the task bar and rest over the icon of the document to which you want to add a hyperlink.
  2. Release the right mouse button where you want the hyperlink to appear on the page, and then click Create Hyperlink Here Button image.

 Note   The text, graphic, or other item that you selected is the link to the destination document.

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Turn on or off automatic hyperlinks

You can turn automatic links on or off. If you’re using automatic links and Word is displaying only part of the link path, you can change the settings to show the full path of hyperlink.

Turn on automatic hyperlinks

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Proofing.
  4. Click AutoCorrect Options, and then click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
  5. Select the Internet and network paths with hyperlinks check box.

Show the full path of hyperlinks

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Advanced.
  4. Under General, click Web Options, and then click the File tab.
  5. Clear the Update links on save check box.

Turn off automatic hyperlinks

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Proofing.
  4. Click AutoCorrect Options, and then click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
  5. Clear the Internet and network paths with hyperlinks check box.

Remove a hyperlink

Do one of the following:

  • Press CTRL+Z. You must press CTRL+Z immediately after you type the address, or URL, to delete a hyperlink from a typed URL.

 Note    If you press CTRL+Z a second time, the typed URL is deleted.

  • Right-click the hyperlink, click Edit Hyperlink on the shortcut menu, and then click Remove Link.

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Click to follow a link

By default, Word requires you to press CTRL and click to go to the destination of a hyperlink. This prevents you from suddenly going to a destination when you’re trying to edit a document.

To change this setting so that you can click a link without having to press CTRL, do the following:

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Advanced.
  4. Under Editing Options, clear the Use CTRL + Click to follow hyperlink check box.

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Applies to:
Word 2010