Hyperlinks are clickable links in a document that will take you to a selected web page. Sometimes Microsoft Word adds clickable links where you don’t want them (eg quotes). Links can be useful in some situations, but other times they can look messy, unprofessional, or unnecessary in a printed document.
Depending on the needs of your document, you can add or remove hyperlinks as needed.
MS Word automatically adds hyperlinks to documents when you enter or copy and paste URLs. You can follow the link by pressing the control button while clicking on it. With so many features and functions, it’s hard to keep up with everything Microsoft Word does. This article shows you how to remove hyperlinks from a document to continue your work efficiently.
Remove Hyperlinks Using Word Context Menu Options
- Right-click on the chosen link in the document, then select “Remove hyperlink.”
- The text/characters will change to the currently set color and become normal text.
You can also right-click a link and select “Edit hyperlink.” This option opens the window below. press the remove link button on this window and click on Okay.
Remove All MS Word Hyperlinks Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts make it faster and easier to remove many hyperlinks in MS Word, mainly because it removes links in bulk, no matter how many are in your document. The right click method in the first process only removes the hyperlinks one by one. Here is how to use keyboard shortcuts to remove MS Word hyperlinks.
If there are many links on multiple pages, it is better to remove all hyperlinks with Word keyboard shortcuts.
Windows users can use these shortcuts:
- press the “Ctrl+A” keyboard shortcut to select all text in the document.
- Press “Ctrl+Shift+F9” shortcut key to remove all links.
Mac users can use these shortcuts:
As with a standard Windows keyboard, press CMD+A to highlight all article text. Then use CMD+fn+Shift+F9 and all hyperlinks in the document will be removed.
- hurry “CMD+A” to highlight all text in the article.
- press press “CMD + fn + Shift + F9” to remove all hyperlinks at once.
Remove MS Word hyperlinks from documents using macros
The Macro Recorder is a handy tool included in Word that allows you to record a sequence of selected options and play back the macro when needed. You can also configure a macro that removes hyperlinks from all open Word documents by manually entering Visual Basic code instead.
First, press the keyboard shortcut Alt + F11 to open the Visual Basic editor. Click on Insert > Module to open a module window where you can enter the macro code. Copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) the code below into the Word module window.
- hurry “Alt+F11” to open the Visual Basic editor.
- To select “Insert > Module” to open a “Module” window in which you can enter the macro code.
- Copy (“Ctrl+C”) and Paste (“Ctrl+V”) the code below in the module window of Word.
Sub ' Loop through all open documents: For Each doc In Application.Documents ' Store the document name szOpenDocName = doc.Name ' Remove the hyperlinks from that document With Documents(szOpenDocName) ' Loop while there are hyperlinks afoot! While .Hyperlinks.Count > 0 .Hyperlinks(1).Delete Wend End With ' Shut this off, don't need anymore popping up Application.Options.AutoFormatAsYouTypeReplaceHyperlinks = False Next doc End SubKillTheHyperlinksInAllOpenDocuments() ' ----------------------------------------------- ' Removes all hyperlinks from any open documents ' Text to display is left intact ' ----------------------------------------------- Dim doc As Document Dim szOpenDocName As String ' Loop through all open documents: For Each doc In Application.Documents ' Store the document name szOpenDocName = doc.Name ' Remove the hyperlinks from that document With Documents(szOpenDocName) ' Loop while there are hyperlinks afoot! While .Hyperlinks.Count > 0 .Hyperlinks(1).Delete Wend End With ' Shut this off, don't need anymore popping up Application.Options.AutoFormatAsYouTypeReplaceHyperlinks = False Next doc End Sub
Once you are done pasting the code above, press the “Ctrl+S” keyboard shortcut to record the macro. To run the macro, select “File > Macro > Macro” and choose “KillTheHyperlinksInAllOpenDocuments.” This will remove all hyperlinks from open Word documents.
Copy and paste plain text hyperlinks
There may be times when you want to paste copied links as plain text, showing the full web address.
- Copy the website link to the clipboard with the “Ctrl+C” keyboard shortcut.
- In MS Word, right-click and select “Keep text only” in the context menu, but don’t hit the “Enter” key after pasting as that will return the URL to hyperlink format.
Use Third-Party Add-ons to Paste Plain Text URLs in MS Word
Third-party add-ons make it easy to paste links as plain text into Microsoft Word documents.
Install Pure Text on Windows 10
Various third-party programs allow you to paste copied text without any formatting. For example, you can add the PureText Program to Windows. This converts copied links to unformatted text when you press sound “Win key + V” keyboard shortcut. You can also paste text into Word documents by pressing the “Win key + V” keyboard shortcut.
Add Kutools to MS Word
Kutools is one of the best Word add-ons which adds a brand new toolbar tab to the application. Kutools sells for $49 on its website, and there is also a trial version. This add-on also gives you a quick way to remove all links in a document by clicking “Kutools > More” then selecting the “Remove Hyperlinks” option. Alternatively, you can also select the “Business” tab and click “To delete“ to clear link formatting from URLs.
How to Disable Word’s Automatic Hyperlink Formatting
Word automatically converts URLs to hyperlinksbut you can configure the application so that this does not happen.
- Select the “To file” tab and “Options” to open the Word Options window.
- Click on “The proofing > Autocorrect Choice“ to open the window below.
- Select the “Auto format as you type” tongue.
- Uncheck “Internet and network paths with hyperlinks checkbox.” press the Okay buttons in the AutoCorrect and Word Options windows. Now all URLs entered in Word documents will remain in plain text.
In conclusion, there are various ways to convert links to plain text URLs in Word documents. Word offers keyboard shortcuts, context menu options, add-ons, and macros that help eliminate hyperlinks in Word documents. You can also remove hyperlinks from Excel worksheets.
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