How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

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When looking at the text of a Microsoft Word document, it is easy to identify hyperlinks. Hyperlinks provide additional information related to the word or phrase in which they are embedded. You’ll see blue underlined text, which means the link wasn’t clicked, or purple underlined font, which means it was clicked.

Although blue or purple fonts represent hyperlinks, they can be adjusted according to user preferences. For example, if you prefer hyperlinks in your document to be in italics or with a red font, Word has features that allow you to do so. Here’s how it works:

Change hyperlink color

The default colors of a hyperlink are blue or purple, here are the steps to change to a different color.
Step 1: Launch the Word document containing the hyperlink.

2nd step: On the Home tab, click the pop-up icon under Styles to launch a dialog window.

Step 3: Scroll down the Styles dialog window and click on the drop-down menu next to Hyperlink.

Step 4: In the drop-down menu, click Edit. The edit option will only show if the document contains hyperlinks.

Step 5: In the Edit Style dialog window, click on the drop-down menu next to the Underline function. This drop-down list contains the font colors.

Step 6: Click on your preferred color option.

Step 7: Click OK to apply your change and your hyperlink should reflect the new color.

That’s all for how to change the color of hyperlinks in a Word document. Note that the underline will still be present after changing the color of the hyperlinks. See the next section to learn how to remove underlines from your hyperlinks in Microsoft Word.

Remove underline from hyperlink

One of the signs that some of your text is a hyperlink is that it will have an underline. When you change the text color, the underline color changes, but it does not disappear. To remove the underline from your hyperlinks, here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Launch the Word document containing the hyperlink.

2nd step: On the Home tab, click the pop-up icon under Styles to launch a dialog window.

Step 3: Scroll down the Styles dialog window and click on the drop-down menu next to Hyperlink.

Step 4: In the drop-down menu, click Edit. The edit option will only show if the document contains hyperlinks.

Step 5: In the Edit Style dialog window, click on the Underline function.

Step 6: Click OK to apply your change.

Step 7: Close the Styles dialog window and you should see that all of your hyperlink underlines are gone.

Changing the style name of a hyperlink

Hyperlink style includes font, font color, and font size. The steps above already explain how to change the color of your hyperlink and remove the underlines. The process for changing the hyperlink style name is slightly different depending on the type of hyperlink. In this section, we will look at the two types of hyperlinks – followed and unfollowed.

Tracked Hyperlink

Followed hyperlinks are links that a Word document user has clicked or selected. They are usually purple by default. Here’s how to format the style of a followed hyperlink in Microsoft Word:

Step 1: Launch the Word document containing the hyperlink.

2nd step: On the Home tab, click the pop-up icon under Styles to launch a dialog window.

Step 3: Click Manage Styles in the Styles dialog window.

Step 3: Access the Sort Order menu and select Alphabetical.

Step 4: Click FollowedHyperlink under the Select a style to edit the list and click Modify.

Step 6: Click on the drop-down menu next to the “Style based on” option and choose a preferred style for the hyperlink.

Step 7: Click OK to save changes.

Hyperlink Not Tracked

Unfollowed hyperlinks are links that a Word document user did not click or select. These hyperlinks are blue and underlined. Here’s how to format the style of an untracked hyperlink in Microsoft Word:

Step 1: Launch the Word document containing the hyperlink.

2nd step: Hover your cursor over an untracked hyperlink.

Step 3: On the Home tab, click the pop-up icon under Styles to launch a dialog window.

Step 4: Scroll down the Styles dialog window and click on the drop-down menu next to Hyperlink.

Step 5: In the drop-down menu, click Edit.

Step 6: In the Edit Style dialog window, change the font by going to Formatting and changing the font type, size and color according to your preference.

Step 7: Click OK to apply your change.

Manage hypering in Microsoft Word

Hyperlinks help you link to additional referral sources and redirect users to that webpage. This is different from adding a bookmark. You can manage hyperlinks and make them easily understandable for other readers.

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