How to remove all hyperlinks from a Microsoft Word and Google Docs

Often when creating an assignment or report, we need to collect references from multiple sources, and we may copy some text from those places to paste it into our document. Even though we can use ‘Ctrl+Shift+V’ to paste text only, and it won’t paste text formatting including links, there are some situations, when we encounter documents with a number of links or hyperlinks that we do not want in the document. Depending on the size of the document, it may be difficult to remove each hyperlink individually, but there is a way in Microsoft Word and Google Docs to remove all hyperlinks at once.

The ability to remove all hyperlinks can come in handy in a magical way when dealing with a document, and today I’m going to talk about how you can do that, here. I will only cover Microsoft Word and Google Docs, as they are the two most popular word processing programs, however, the process will not be much different in other programs as well. I’ll also talk about a way to make Microsoft Word not consider links or email addresses as hyperlinks, as you type them. So, this tutorial is definitely going to be useful to you in many ways.

So, without further ado, let’s start with how you can remove hyperlinks from texts in Microsoft Word and Google Docs.

Remove all links in Microsoft Word with one shortcut

It can be useful sometimes.

Step 1: Open the file or document on Microsoft Word and select the complete document or a certain part of the document, from where all links should be removed.

2nd step: Now use the ‘Ctrl+Shift+F9‘ to remove all hyperlinks from the selected part of the document.

Even after removing the hyperlinks, most of them, which are usually blue in color, will retain their font color. However, you can use your favorite font color or any other formatting option now to make those parts of the document look normal again. In the end, the links are now gone from your document.

Prevent Automatic Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 1: Open Microsoft Word, click ‘File’ then click ‘Options’.

Prevent Automatic Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

2nd step: Under the “Proofing” tab in ‘Word options‘, click on ‘Autocorrect options…‘.

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Step 3: Click on the ‘Auto format as you type’ tab, then uncheck the option that says ‘Internet and network paths with hyperlinks‘, and click ‘OK’.

Auto-Format As You Type tab

This setting will be applicable in Microsoft Word, which means that even if you create new files and enter links or email ids, they will not be hyperlinked either. So this setting is not file specific. If you change your desktop settings for your own convenience, better get a penny for your colleagues’ thoughts.

Remove all links from Google Docs

The ability to remove all hyperlinks from a selected document is not available by default on Google Docs. For this, you need to download a “Text Cleaner” add-on for Google Docs.

Step 1: To do this, click on “Additional modules” in the menu bar of Google Docs, and click on ‘Get add-ons‘.

Remove all links from Google Docs

2nd step: Now type ‘Text Cleaner‘ in the search box, then click on the first link, which I showed below, in the screenshot.

Text Cleaner in Google Docs 60 Search Box

Step 3: Click on the ‘To install’ button followed by ‘Continue’ button that appears.

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Step 4: Next, you will need to choose the Google account, which will be used to download the Text Cleaner add-on. Just click on the account, if you have multiple accounts. Then click on ‘To permit’ accept the permissions required by Text Cleaner to function properly.

Text Cleanup Add-on

Step 5: Click on ‘Ended’after the installation is successfully completed.

Run Text Cleaner as Google Docs Add-on

Step 6: Once the installation is complete, open the document to remove all links. Now, as usual, select the whole document, or the part of the document, from which the links should be removed. Now click ‘Additional modules‘, and click ‘Remove links and underline‘ under ‘Text Cleaner‘.

Remove links and underline

Depending on the size of the document, the link removal process will take some time, and once complete, the links, as well as the underlines, will be removed immediately.

Prevent automatic hyperlinks on Google Docs

Step 1: Click on ‘Preferences’ under ‘Tools’.

Prevent automatic hyperlinks on Google Docs

2nd step: Uncheck the option that says ‘Automatically detect links‘, and click ‘OK’.

Automatically detect links

Now, links will no longer be automatically hyperlinked.

So the question was how to prevent text hyperlinks while typing, on Microsoft Word and Google Docs, or remove all hyperlinks at once. This tutorial can be magically useful at different times. Do you have something to say? Feel free to comment the same below.


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