How to Add or Remove a Hyperlink in Word

Give readers an easy way to jump to additional information

A hyperlink in a Microsoft Word document enables readers to jump from the link to a different place in the document, 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 over a hyperlink, a preview shows where the link goes. When you select the link, you're directed to the other content.

Here's how to use each type of hyperlink and how to insert or remove a hyperlink in a Word document.

Instructions in this article apply to Word for Office 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, 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. For example, if you're writing an article about your camping trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, provide a hyperlink to the appropriate section of the National Park Service so readers can quickly find the information they need to plan a similar trip.

Another use might be if you wrote an article about the National Park Service and the document is available to your readers, link to the Word file you 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 type of link doesn't take the reader away from the document.

When a document is long and includes sections or chapters that are formatted as headings, create a table of contents at the beginning of the document. Include hyperlinks in the table of contents so that readers can 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 create a new document when selected. When adding this type of hyperlink, choose whether to make the document at the time you create the link or later. If you choose to make the new document when you create the hyperlink, 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.

If you choose to make the document later, you're prompted to create the new document when you select the hyperlink after the hyperlink has been created. This type of hyperlink is useful if you want to link new content to the current document but don't want to create the new content yet. Instead, provide the hyperlink to it so you'll remember to work on the document later. When you do create the document, it will be linked in the 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.

Choose a subject for the email and more than one email address that the message should be sent to. This information is pre-filled for readers when they select the hyperlink but they can change this information 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

To add and delete hyperlinks in a Word document:

  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 the version of Microsoft Word).

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

    • Choose Existing File or Web Page, go to the Address text box, then enter a URL.
    • Choose Place in This Document, then select a location within the document.
    • Choose Create New Document, go to the Name of new document text box, then enter 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 the document now or later.
    • Choose E-mail Address, go to the E-mail Address text box, then enter the email address you want readers to send email to. In the Subject text box, type the subject.
    URL Address field in Word
  4. Select OK.

  5. The text now shows up as a hyperlink in the document.

    Linked text in Word
  6. To remove a hyperlink, right-click the link text, then choose Remove Hyperlink.