Lesson 13: Working with Hyperlinks
When you're online, you use hyperlinks to navigate from one webpage to another. Sometimes a hyperlink will link to a different section of the same page. If you want to include a web address or email address in your Word document, you can format it as a hyperlink for someone else to click.
In this lesson, you will learn the basics of working with hyperlinks, including how to insert and remove them from your Word document.
Adding hyperlinks to your document can help readers quickly access contact information, other parts of the document, and any additional information online that you want to share.
Hyperlinks have two basic parts: the address of the webpage, email address, or other location they are linking to; and the display text (or image). For example, the address could be https://www.youtube.com, and the display text could be YouTube. In some cases, the display text might be the same as the address. When you're creating a hyperlink in Word, you'll be able to choose both the address and the display text or image.
To follow a hyperlink in Word, hold down the Control key and click the hyperlink.
To insert a hyperlink:
- Select the text or image you want to make a hyperlink.
- Right-click the selected text or image, then click Hyperlink. You can also right-click in a blank area of the document and click Hyperlink.
- The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will open. You can also get to this dialog box from the Insert tab by clicking Hyperlink.
- Using the options on the left side, you can choose to link to a file, webpage, email address, document, or a place in the current document.
- If you selected text, the words will appear in the Text to display: field at the top. You can change this text if you want.
- Type the address you want to link to in the Address: field.
The Insert Hyperlink dialog box
- Click OK. The text or image you selected will now be a hyperlink.
The finished hyperlink
You can also insert a hyperlink that links to another portion of the same document by selecting Place in This Document from the Insert Hyperlink dialog box.
To make an email address a hyperlink:
- Right-click the selected text or image, then click Hyperlink.
- The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will open.
- On the left side of the dialog box, click Email Address.
Creating an email hyperlink
- Type the email address you want to connect to in the Email Address box, then click OK.
Typing the email address and display text
Word often recognizes email and web addresses as you type and will format them as hyperlinks automatically after you press the Enter key or the spacebar.
To remove a hyperlink:
- Right-click the hyperlink.
- Click Remove Hyperlink.
Removing a hyperlink
After you create a hyperlink, you should test it. If you have 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.
- Create a new document.
- Type some text, and turn a word or phrase into a hyperlink that links to www.gcflearnfree.org.
- Test the hyperlink by clicking it. The webpage should open in your browser.
- Remove the hyperlink you just created.
- Create a hyperlink that links to an email address.