Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks in Word are useful. Use the Word hyperlink feature to link websites and email addresses directly with Word documents.

Introduction

Video: Hyperlinks

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Adding hyperlinks to text can provide access to websites and email addresses directly from your document. There are a few ways to insert a hyperlink into your document. Depending on how you want the link to appear, you can use Word's automatic link formatting or convert text into a link.

Optional: Download our practice document.

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.

Screenshot of Word 2013Hyperlinked email address
Screenshot of Word 2013Hyperlinked web address

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

Screenshot of Word 2013Following a hyperlink

To format text with a hyperlink:

  1. Select the text you want to format as a hyperlink.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting text to hyperlink
  2. Select the Insert tab, then click the Hyperlink command.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the Hyperlink command
  3. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will appear.
  4. The selected text will appear in the Text to display: field at the top. You can change this text if you want.
  5. In the Address: field, type the address you want to link to, then click OK.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Creating a hyperlink
  6. The text will then be formatted as a hyperlink.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The finished hyperlink

To remove a hyperlink, right-click the hyperlink and select Remove Hyperlink from the menu that appears.

Screenshot of Word 2013Removing a hyperlink

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 selecting Hyperlink... from the menu that appears. Once you've inserted a hyperlink, you can right-click the hyperlink to edit, open, copy, or remove it.

Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting Hyperlink...
Screenshot of Word 2013Hyperlink options

Challenge!

  1. Create a new document. If you want, you can use our practice document.
  2. Create a hyperlink that links to an email address. If you're using the example, add a hyperlink for Olivia Mayne's email address, omayne@vestainsurance.com, at the bottom of the letter.
  3. Type or select some text (a word or phrase), and format it with a hyperlink of your choosing. If you'd like, you can use our URL www.gcflearnfree.org to practice with.
  4. Test the hyperlink you created by clicking on it. The webpage should open in your web browser.