Adding MS Word Hyperlinks to Your Documents

MS Word stylized logoHere’s a quick tip to add hyperlinks to a Microsoft Word 2010 document.

1. Use Internet Explorer to go to the Web site you want to link to from within your Word document.

2. Alt-Tab back to your MS Word 2010 document and highlight the text that you want to turn into a hyperlink.

3. From the MS Word Menu bar, click on Insert. Then select Hyperlink from the Links section of the ribbon under the Menu bar.


Find the Hyperlink button in the Links area of Word's Insert ribbon

Find the Hyperlink button in the Links area of Word’s Insert ribbon (click to enlarge)

4. This will bring up the Insert Hyperlink screen shown here. Click on the Existing File or Web Page button in the left-hand pane of the screen. Then click on the Browsed Pages selection in the middle of the screen. This will display URLs for all the Web pages you recently browsed from Internet Explorer. Click on the link that you want to attach to your text and that link will automatically be inserted into the Address field on the screen.

MS Word--Insert Hyperlink screen

The Insert Hyperlink panel in Word 2010 (Click to enlarge)

Click on the OK button and the link will automatically be attached to your highlighted text as a link in your Word document. When someone reads your document, they can access this Web site by holding down the ctrl key and clicking on the link. This text will also display as a hyperlink when your document is displayed in a browser.

And that’s all there is to adding MS Word hyperlinks to your documents.


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