How to Change the Style of Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Most people are familiar with the default hyperlink format: it’s a blue underlined font. But if the design you have in mind for your Microsoft Word document requires a unique link appearance, we’ll show you how to change it.

You can certainly change the font of one hyperlink at a time in Word. However, you can save time by changing the style of all the links in your document at once. Let’s look at both options.

Change a single hyperlink format

By default, Word applies blue underlining to text that you select and link. So changing the style of this link is as easy as changing the font format. This is a good way to go if you only have one or two links in your document.

Select the linked text by dragging your cursor over it. Then do one of the following to change the font.

  • Go to the Home tab and the Font section of the ribbon.
  • Use the floating toolbar that appears when you select text.

You can select the Underline button to remove the underline and use the Font Color button to change the blue to any color you want.

Font color dropdown list in the floating toolbar

If you have another link that you want to apply the same style to, you can simply use the Format Painter to copy it.

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Select the linked text with the new style you just applied. Go to the Home tab and click the Format Painter icon in the Clipboard section of the ribbon.

Format Painter in the Word Ribbon

Drag your cursor over the other hyperlink text.

Drag text to change format

You should then see the new style you chose applied to the additional hyperlink.

Linked text edited with the Format Painter

Change all hyperlink formats

If you have many links in your document and want to change the appearance of each one, you can change the default hyperlink style for the Word document. This changes not only the existing links, but everything new ones that you add to the document.

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Go to the Home tab and click on the small arrow in the lower corner of the Styles section to open the Styles box.

Arrow in the Styles section of the ribbon

When the Styles box appears, select the Hyperlink style from the list. Then click on the arrow to the right of it and choose “Edit”.

Edit in the Hyperlink Styles drop-down menu

The Edit Style dialog box opens and displays the current blue underline format for hyperlinks. Use the Formatting section to change the font color, remove the underline, and apply any other formatting you want, such as bold or italic.

Edit style box before and after formatting changes

At the bottom of the window, confirm that Only in this document is checked. If you want to save this style for new documents based on the template or in the Styles gallery, you can check these options.

Only in this selected document

Click “OK” then close the Styles box using the X in the top right.

When you display the links in your document, they should all appear with the new hyperlink style you just created, as well as any new links you add.

All hyperlinks have been changed in Word

You may have a document that has a particular theme or color scheme that you want to match. By taking a moment to change your Word document’s default hyperlink style, you can make those links look the way you want.

To learn more, watch how to remove hyperlinks in Word when copying and pasting from another location.

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