Hyperlink No More
Have you ever been frustrated with MS Word while putting together a document that contains e-mail or Web site addresses?
Tired of the way Word continues to automatically create hyperlinks of your addresses?
You know, the change of color and underlining. If you’re creating a document to be printed, this probably isn’t exactly what you’re looking for.
In fact, for printed documents, it can be downright annoying!
What should you do?
Well, the way I see it, it’s time to take control of Word and make it do things your way.
Here’s the deal. That wonderful little feature known as “AutoCorrect” has some options for items that Word can “AutoFormat as you type.” The result of one of them is that your addresses are automatically turned into hyperlinks. That’s a good thing if you need them as hyperlinks, but a bad thing if you don’t.
So, to turn off the feature that automatically makes these changes, just follow these simple steps:
1. Go to the Tools menu, AutoCorrect choice.
2. On the AutoFormat As You Type tab, you’re looking to deselect the “Internet and network paths with hyperlinks” option.
3. Click OK.
And that’s it.
Now, when you type an e-mail or a Web site address, it will stay as normal text (no underline or color change). Yeah!
However, you also may notice that any hyperlinks you’ve previously created are not affected. They stay the same.
So, what should you do about those?
Retype it all?
All you need to do is remove the hyperlink that’s associated with the text.
You can do this in several different ways.
In Word 97, one way is to right click on the hyperlink and choose Edit Hyperlink from the Hyperlink submenu.
Another way is to place the cursor in or highlight the hyperlink and go to the Insert menu, Hyperlink choice.
And yet another way is to place the cursor in or highlight the hyperlink and use the key combination of Ctrl + K.
Either way, you get there and the Edit Hyperlink window will open.
You’re looking for the Remove Link button in the bottom left corner. Click it.
If you’re using a newer version of Word, you can simply right click on the hyperlink and choose Remove Hyperlink from the menu. (You can also go the long route and use the Insert menu or Ctrl + K option, but why bother?!)
No matter what version or which method you use, you’re returned to your document where you’ll happily discover that the text is back to normal. No links here!
Just one more thought before you go.
Some of you may be thinking “That’s fine and dandy, but what about when I really do want a hyperlink? What then”?
Good question. I mean, if you’ve turned off the automatic hyperlink option, how will you create the links?
Highlight the text to be linked and go to the Insert menu, Hyperlink choice. (You could avoid the menu by using the Ctrl + K option).
Now, simply enter the site address in the top field and click OK. (If you want it to be an e-mail address link, just use the format from the picture above. That is “mailto:” followed by the e-mail address).
The link will be created without all the hassle of turning the AutoCorrect feature on / off / on / off!