How to Create Hyperlinks in a Word Document

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.

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

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Text Highlighted in Word

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

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"Insert Hyperlink" Command in Word 2008

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

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"Insert Hyperlink" Dialog Box

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

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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.

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Hyperlink Created in the Word Document

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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.

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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.