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Microsoft Word 2003/2004

Removing Hyperlink Formatting from URLs

When you type a URL in a Word document, by default, it automatically converts to a hyperlink. If you do not want the URL to appear blue and underlined, there are four available options for removing the hyperlink formatting from the URL.

return to topAutoCorrect Option

One way to remove the formatting from a hyperlink reference is through the AutoCorrect dialog box. This option is useful for preventing every URL you type throughout the document from displaying the hyperlink formatting. If you want to remove formatting from an existing hyperlink, refer to the Quick Menu Option.

  1. Windows: From the Tools menu, select AutoCorrect Options...
    Macintosh: From the Tools menu, select AutoCorrect...
    The AutoCorrect dialog box appears.

  2. Select the AutoFormat As You Type tab

  3. Windows: In the Replace as you type section, deselect Internet and network paths with hyperlinks
    Macintosh: In the Replace as you type section, deselect Internet paths with hyperlinks
    HINT: An item is deselected if a checkmark does not appear in front of it.

  4. To return to your document, click OK

  5. Type the URL
    OR
    Copy and paste the URL from the browser into your document

return to topSmart Tag Option

The Smart Tag appears in the document immediately after Auto Formatting is applied. Use the Smart Tag option to remove a hyperlink quickly and easily. For more information about Smart Tags, refer to The Office 2003 Environment: Smart Tags.

  1. Type the URL
    OR
    Copy and paste the URL from the browser into your document
    The Smart Tag appears in the document immediately after AutoFormatting is applied.

  2. To reveal your Smart Tag options, click the tag

  3. From the Smart Tag menu, select Undo Hyperlink
    The formatting and hyperlink are removed.
    The Smart Tag disappears when you begin typing text, but it remains active.

return to topQuick Menu Option

To remove the formatting and link from a URL, the Quick menu is an efficient method.

Windows:

  1. Type the URL
    OR
    Copy and paste the URL from the browser into your document

  2. Right click the URL » select Remove Hyperlink
    The formatting and hyperlink are removed.

Macintosh:

  1. Type the URL
    OR
    Copy and paste the URL from the browser into your document

  2. Press [control] + click the URL » select Hyperlink » Edit Hyperlink...
    The Edit Hyperlink dialog box appears.

  3. Click REMOVE LINK

  4. Click OK

return to topInsert Menu Option

Hyperlink formatting can also be removed by using the using the Edit Hyperlink dialog box.

  1. Select the URL
    OR
    Using the up or down arrow (so as not to activate the link), place your insertion point in the URL

  2. From the Insert menu, select Hyperlink...
    The Edit Hyperlink dialog box appears.

  3. Click REMOVE LINK
    The formatting and hyperlink are removed.

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