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Microsoft Word 2007/2008

Removing Hyperlink Formatting from URLs

When you type or paste a URL into a Word document, by default, it automatically converts into a hyperlink. If you do not want the URL to appear as a hyperlink, there are four options to remove this format style from the URL.

return to topRemoving Hyperlink Formatting: AutoCorrect Option

One way to remove hyperlink formatting from a URL is through the AutoCorrect dialog box. This option will prevent any URL from displaying as a hyperlink. If you want to remove hyperlink formatting from existing text, refer to the Quick Menu Option.

Windows:

  1. From the OFFICE BUTTONOffice Button, click WORD OPTIONSword options button
    The Word Options dialog box appears.
    Word Options dialog box

  2. From the Categories list, select Proofing

  3. Under AutoCorrect options, click AUTOCORRECT OPTIONS...
    The AutoCorrect dialog box appears.
    AutoCorrect dialog box

  4. Select the AutoFormat As You Type tab

  5. Under Replace as you type, deselect Internet and network paths with hyperlinks
    HINT: An item is deselected if a checkmark does not appear in front of it.

  6. Click OK
    Formatting changes are applied.

  7. Click OK

Macintosh:

  1. From the Tools menu, select AutoCorrect...
    The AutoCorrect dialog box appears. AutoFormat as You Type dialog box

  2. Select the AutoFormat As You Type tab

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

  4. Click OK
    Formatting changes are applied.

return to topRemoving Hyperlink Formatting: Smart Tag Option

The Smart Tag appears in the document immediately after AutoFormatting is applied. Use the Smart Tag option to remove hyperlink formatting quickly and easily. For more information about Smart Tags, refer to The Office 2007 Environment: Smart Tags.

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

  2. Click the blue box that appearsAutoCorrect example
    The Smart Tag appears.
    Smart Tag button

  3. To reveal the Smart Tag options, click anywhere on the Smart Tag » select Undo Hyperlink
    The hyperlink format is removed.
    NOTE: The Smart Tag disappears when you begin typing text, but it remains active.

return to topRemoving Hyperlink Formatting: Quick Menu Option

The Quick menu option is an efficient method for removing the hyperlink format from a URL. The Quick menu option is available for Windows only.

  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 hyperlink format is removed.

return to topRemoving Hyperlink Formatting: Insert Menu Option

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

  1. Highlight the URL
    OR
    Place your insertion point in the URL

  2. Windows: From the Insert command tab, in the Links group , click HYPERLINK
    The Edit Hyperlink dialog box appears.
    Macintosh: From the Insert menu, select Hyperlink...
    The Insert Hyperlink dialog box appears.
    Edit Hyperlink dialog box

  3. Click REMOVE LINK
    The hyperlink format is removed.

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