Tech Tip Tuesday with Tom: Creating a Hyperlink in Word

  • 6 October 2020
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Tech Tip Tuesday with Tom: Creating a Hyperlink in Word

Create a hyperlink in Word:

Bookmarks and cross-reference can be used to navigate through a long document. But sometimes you might want readers to navigate to related content either within or outside of a document. You can do this by including hyperlinks in your document.Bookmarks and cross-reference can be used to navigate through a long document. But sometimes you might want readers to navigate to related content either within or outside of a document. You can do this by including hyperlinks in your document.

The fastest way to create a basic hyperlink in a Word document is to press ENTER or the SPACEBAR after you type the address of an existing webpage, such as http://www.newhorizonsmn.com. Office automatically converts the address into a link: www.newhorizonsmn.com

In addition to webpages, you can create links to existing or new files on your computer, to email addresses, and to specific locations in a document. You can also edit the address, display text, and font style or color of a hyperlink.

The Insert Hyperlink dialog box provides options to insert hyperlinks into a new or existing document. The ScreenTip button enables you to enter text that displays when the reader moves the mouse pointer over the hyperlink.

In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, you can use options on the left side of the dialog box to select the type of link you want to create. Word for the Web only supports links to addresses.

Create a hyper link to a file on your computer:

  1. Select the text or picture that you want to display as a hyperlink.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Link or press CTRL+K.
  3. Under Link click Insert Link.
  4. To link to an existing file, click Existing File or Web Page under Link to, and then find the file in the Look in list or the Current Folder list.

5. To add a screen tip, click the ScreenTip button and in the dialog box type your desired screen tip, and click OK. (The screen tip will appear when the user hovers over the link).

6. Click OK.

Create a hyperlink to a new email message:

  1. Select the text or picture that you want to display as a hyperlink.
  2. On the Insert tab, click Link..
  3. Under Link to, click E-mail Address.
  4. Either type the email address that you want in the E-mail address box, or select an address in the Recently used e-mail addresses list.
  5. In the Subject box, type the subject of the message.

Create a hyper link to a location in the current document:

  1. Select the text or picture that you want to display as a hyperlink.
  2. On the Insert tab, click Link.
  3. Under Link to, click Place in This Document.
  4. In the list, select the heading (current document only), bookmark, slide, custom show, or cell reference that you want to link to.

Edit a hyperlink

To change the address or display text of a hyperlink you added, right-click the link and click Edit Hyperlink or press CTRL+K. Make your changes and click OK.

Note: This article applies to desktop versions of Word. A simplified set of hyperlink features is offered in Office Online. If you have a desktop version of Office, you can edit your document there for more advanced hyperlink features, or you can try or buy the latest version of Office. For more information, go to https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/create-or-edit-a-hyperlink-5d8c0804-f998-4143-86b1-1199735e07bf

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