How to Add or Remove a Hyperlink in Word

Give readers an easy way to jump to additional information

A hyperlink and

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A hyperlink within a Microsoft Word document enables readers to "jump" from its location to a different place within the document, or to a different file or website, or to a new email message. In Word documents, hyperlink text is a different color than other text and is underlined. When you hover your cursor over a hyperlink, you get a preview of where it goes. When you select it, you're directed to the other content. Here we discuss the various types of hyperlinks and how to insert or remove a hyperlink in a Word document.

This article applies to Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, Word for Office 365, and Word Starter 2010. 

Hyperlink Types

There are different kinds of hyperlinks. Choose the one that points your readers to the most helpful information to supplement your document.

Existing File or Web Page 

When you choose this option, the hyperlink opens a website or file upon selection. For example, say you're writing an article about your camping trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. You might want to provide a hyperlink to the appropriate section of the National Park Service so readers can quickly find the information they would need to plan a similar trip of their own.

Another use might be if you've already written an article about the National Park Service and the document is available to all your readers as well. You could link to that Word file you've already created. When the reader selects the hyperlink, that file opens.

Place in This Document

Another type of hyperlink jumps to a different place in the same document upon selection. Often called an "anchor" link, this one doesn't take the reader away from the document.

Say your document is very long and includes many sections or chapters with their own headings. You can create a "live" table of contents at the beginning that provides hyperlinks for readers to jump to a particular heading.

You could also use this type of hyperlink at the end of each section to return to the top of the document.

Create a New Document

A hyperlink can even create a new document when selected. When adding this type of hyperlink, you choose whether to make the document at the time you create it or later. If you choose to make it when you create it, a new document opens, which you can edit and save. After that, the hyperlink points to that document, exactly like the "Existing File or Web Page" option (see above).

If you opt to make the document later, then you'll be prompted to create the new document when you select the hyperlink after it's been created. This type of hyperlink is useful if you want to have new content linked to your current document but you don't want to create that new content just yet; instead, you want to provide the hyperlink to it so you'll remember to work on it later. When you do create it, it will already be linked in your main document.

Email Address

The last type of hyperlink you can make in Microsoft Word is one that points to an email address so that, when selected, the default email client opens and begins composing the message using the information from the hyperlink.

You can choose a subject for the email and you can choose more than one email address that the message should be sent to. This information is prefilled for readers when they select the hyperlink but they can change it before they send the message.

This type of hyperlink is useful for situations when you want readers to contact you to set up a meeting or request additional information.

How to Insert and Remove a Hyperlink in Word

  1. Highlight the text or image that you want to link.

    Highlighted text in Word
  2. Right-click the text and choose Link or Hyperlink (depending on your version of Microsoft Word).

    Link menu item in Word
  3. In the left rail, select the type of destination you want to link to, then fill in the appropriate information.

    • Existing File or Web Page: In the Address field, type a URL.
    • Place in This Document: Select a location within the document.
    • Create New Document: In the Name of new document field, type the name of a new document. If needed, in the Full path section, select Change to change the document folder. In the When to edit section, choose whether you want to edit now or later.
    • E-mail Address: In the E-mail Address field, type the email address you want readers to send email to. In the Subject field type the subject.

    Select OK.

    URL Address field in Word
  4. The text now shows up as a hyperlink in your document.

    Linked text in Word
  5. To remove a hyperlink, right-click it, then choose Remove Hyperlink.