How to Change the Name of a URL Link

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Hyperlinks make it possible to insert text-based URLs into documents and web pages.
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Hyperlinks make it possible to insert text-based URLs into documents and web pages. The process used to change hyperlink names is simple but you do require access to edit the document or text held within a website. Without permissions to edit, making the changes is not possible.

Hyperlinks convert a basic word or line of text into an interactive element within a document or website. The link is a clickable element that opens a new page or even a custom document for the reader. It essentially acts as a reference point and a guide to an exterior source of information. The link is set up to either open the page in a new window or to open while replacing the existing page. The new window option is common to prevent losing the original source of information.

Hyperlinks are extremely common and the default setting in most programs create links while turning the text to blue coloration with an underscore. Although this is common, customization of colors and styling is possible and not uncommon either. Regardless, the text is typically converted to stand out as a clickable element.

The new source of information stored within the link is determined by the editor or writer. The text that constitutes the link is also determined by the editor. Changing that text to rename links or even changing the URL is very easy with editing permissions.

Change URL in Documents

The process to change hyperlink text in documents is typically very easy and straightforward. The steps may vary somewhat between different programs but the hyperlink function is generally very obvious. Google Docs and Microsoft Word both make the addition, editing and styling of hyperlinks very intuitive.

The first step to create a hyperlink is highlighting the desired text. After the text is selected, click the hyperlink function from the top-level toolbar. The hyperlink symbol is universal and is most often shaped like a paperclip. Clicking the paperclip will open a dialogue box where you insert the link or choose the media file to direct the link towards. You also can enter custom text to display if desired.

After the link is live, editing the text remains easy. Highlight the current link text and click the hyperlink function again. This will generate the dialogue box with the previously entered information. Go ahead and delete the current text and change to the new text. You also have the option to alter the link if desired. Click save and the changes will take effect.

Making changes to hyperlinks in a website is similar to the document process. It really depends on the website program being used to implement content. In Wordpress, Squarespace or any other common program with a text editor on the back end, the process is actually the exact same as editing the hyperlink in a document.

Editing the hyperlink in HTML code is slightly different but the steps are relatively simple. First, you must locate the link location on the page of code. This might seem overwhelming at first but links use a specific set of code to create the hyperlink and text. The standard HTML for a link is link text with some potential variations based on the exact styling. Find that link on the page and only change the text. Save to implement the changes and make them live on the website.