How to Create Hyperlinks in a Word Document

By Katelyn Kelley

Microsoft Word enables users to include hyperlinks in the body of a document. The hyperlinks can link text or images to a website or another document on the computer, or pull up an email address to send a message to. The hyperlinks are automatically formatted to the standard blue underlined text after insertion and can be edited or removed by simply right-clicking them. If the Word document is saved in HTML format, the links will remain active.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word

Step 1

Open the Microsoft Word document you want to add hyperlinks to.

Step 2

Click and drag over the text in the document you want to become a hyperlink. This will highlight the text in the Word window.

Step 3

Click the "Insert" menu and choose "Hyperlink."

Step 4

Type the web address of the page you want to link to in the "Link to" box. Make sure you include the "http://" prefix.

Step 5

Check that the button for "Web" is selected as the type of link. You can also create email links and links between Office documents with this command.

Step 6

Click "OK" and the text you highlighted will now display as a hyperlink in blue underlined text. If you place your cursor over the text it becomes a pointing finger cursor, indicating the link is active.

Step 7

Click the link in your Word document to test it. Your default browser will open and display the page you typed into the hyperlink dialog box.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also right-click on selected text and choose "Hyperlink" from the pop-up menu to insert a hyperlink in the document.