How to Create Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word
In Microsoft Word, you can create hyperlinks to specific parts of a document or links to external files, websites, or emails. Here’s how it works!
Hyperlinks are a convenient way to refer your readers to external pages or even internal sections of your Word document. With hyperlinks in Word, you can create clickable text or graphics that take your reader to a specified destination.
This destination can be a web page, a section of the Word document, an email address or even a local file on the computer. Creating a hyperlink is easy and will certainly be better than a typed web page address. Read on to learn all about hyperlinks in Word!
How to Create a Hyperlink in Word
Creating a hyperlink in Word is quite simple. The destination of your hyperlink can be one of the following:
- A Web page
- An existing folder
- A place in the current document
- E-mail address
The process of creating a hyperlink in Word is the same for all except for the final step, which is determining the destination. We’ll cover all four in this article.
Link to an existing webpage or file
The most common form of hyperlinks is one that directs to a web page. Web pages and local files are in the same category when you insert a hyperlink in Word. Let’s start with a simple example and create a hyperlink to the MakeUseOf home page. Here’s how to create a hyperlink in Word:
- Highlight the text you want to use as an anchor. Skip this step if you want to hyperlink to an image.
- Right-click the highlighted text or image.
- From the context menu, select Link. This will open the Insert hyperlink the window.
- Select Existing file or web page.
- In the text box next to Address, enter the address of the target web page. If you want to link to a file, select it in the file browser.
- Click on OKAY.
In the default word theme, the anchor text will be blue and underlined. Of course, you can change the style just like you would any other text in Word. You can remove the underline and change the font color to your liking, but it’s a good idea to let the reader know that this specific piece of text is a hyperlink so they don’t accidentally click on it.
Link to a location in the document
You can also create a hyperlink that takes the reader to different sections of your documents. Naturally, the requirement for creating such a hyperlink is to have structures such as headings or bookmarks in your document to target. However, you can still link to the top of the document.
- Select your text or image and right click on it.
- From the context menu, select Link.
- In the Insert Link window, select Place in this document.
- Select the hyperlink target destination.
- Click on OKAY.
You now have your hyperlink. You can click on it while holding down CTRL on your keyboard to see it in action.
Link to an email address
Email addresses can also be the target destination of your hyperlink in Word. When the reader clicks on such a link, their default mail app or browser will create a new mail to the address given in your hyperlink.
- Select the text or image to which you want to add a hyperlink.
- Right click on it and select Link in the context menu.
- In the Insert a link window, select E-mail address.
- Insert target email as E-mail address. You can also enter a custom subject for the email under Matter.
- Click on OKAY.
Now whenever someone clicks on that hyperlink, they will be redirected to their mail app or browser with new mail at that address ready to be sent.
Hyperlinks in Word add convenience
You can make your documents more practical and elegant by creating hyperlinks, rather than just dumping link addresses into your document. This way, you can attach the hyperlink to anchor text or image and keep your document looking professional.
You can link to web pages using hyperlinks, but hyperlinks in Word are capable of more than that. You can link to existing files, email addresses, or sections of your document. And now you know how to do it all!