Adding hyperlinks to your Word document is an easy way to give your readers quick access to information on the web or in another part of a document without having to include that content directly on the page. Let’s see how to insert, manage and delete different types of hyperlinks in your Word documents.
Insert a hyperlink to an external web page
You can link a word or phrase from your Word document to an external web page, and they work much like links you would find on the web. First, load the web page you want to link to in your web browser. You’ll want to copy the URL in a moment.
In your Word document, highlight the text you want to link. You can also use this same technique to add a link to an image.
In the Insert Hyperlink window, select “Existing File or Web Page” on the left.
Type (or copy and paste) the URL of the web page into the “Address” field.
And then click “OK” to save your hyperlink.
And just like that, you turned that text into a link.
Insert a hyperlink to another location in the same document
If you’re working with a long Word document, you can make it easier for readers by linking to other parts of the document when you mention them. For example, you can tell a reader that they “will find more information on the subject in part 2”. Instead of letting them find part 2 on their own, why not turn it into a hyperlink. It’s the same sort of thing Word does when you automatically generate a Table of Contents.
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To create a hyperlink to a different location in the same document, you must first set up a bookmark that you will link to.
Place your cursor where you want to insert the bookmark.
Switch to the “Insert” tab on Word’s ribbon.
On the Insert tab, click the “Bookmark” button.
In the Bookmark window, type the name you want for your bookmark. The name must start with a letter, but can include letters and numbers (but no spaces).
Click “Add” to insert your bookmark.
Now that you’ve set up a bookmark, you can add a link to it. Select the text you want to turn into a link.
Right-click on the selected text, point to the “Link” option, then click the “Insert Link” command.
In the Insert Hyperlink window, click the “Place in this document” option on the left.
On the right you will see a list of bookmarks in the document. Select the one you want.
And then click the “OK” button.
Now every time you click that link, Word jumps to the bookmark.
Insert a hyperlink to an email address
If you include contact information in your document, you can also link to an email address.
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Select and then right-click the text you want to turn into a link.
Point to the “Link” option, then click the “Insert Link” button.
Select the “Email Address” option on the left of the Insert Hyperlink window.
Type the email address you want to link to. Word automatically adds the text “mailto:” at the beginning of the address. This helps the link open in the reader’s default email client.
Click “OK” to insert your link.
And now, each time you click on the link, a blank message should open in the default email client, already addressed to the linked recipient.
Insert a hyperlink that creates a new document
You can also insert a link that creates a new, blank Word document when clicked. This can be useful when building a document set.
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Select the text you want to turn into a link, then right-click it.
Point to the “Link” option, then select the “Insert Link” command.
Select “Create a new document” on the left.
Type the name you want to use for the new document.
Indicate whether you want to edit the new document later or immediately. If you select the option to edit the new document now, Word creates and opens the new document which will open immediately.
Click “OK” when finished.
Edit a hyperlink
Occasionally you have needed to change a existing hyperlink in your document. To do this, right-click the hyperlink, then choose “Edit Hyperlink” from the context menu.
Edit or type a new hyperlink in the “Address” box.
And then click the “OK” button.
Delete a hyperlink
And There you go ! The hyperlink has disappeared.