How to insert a hyperlink in Microsoft Word

Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope

The Microsoft Word logo.In Microsoft Word, there are times when a link to a web page is required. Or sometimes, a link to a location in the same document is needed as some are quite lengthy. Links can be useful for directing others who read the document to a specific site or adding a bibliography to a school assignment. Adding this type of link, called a hyperlink, can be done by following the steps below.

Inserting a hyperlink

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Type the appropriate text in the Word document.
  3. With your mouse or keyboard, highlight the text you want to turn into a hyperlink. For example, in the picture below, the text "ComputerHope website" is highlighted.

Highlighted text in Microsoft Word document

  1. In the menu bar or Ribbon at the top of the Word program window, click the Insert tab.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Links section, click the Hyperlink option.
  3. In the Insert Hyperlink window, type in the web page address you want to set the highlighted text to link to in the Address text field, then click OK.

Tip: You can also press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+k to insert a hyperlink on any highlighted text.

Insert hyperlink window in Microsoft Word

As you can see in the image below, the highlighted text is now a hyperlink, set to the desired web page.

Hyperlink text in Microsoft Word

Tip: To set the highlighted text to link to a location in the same document, click the Place in This Document option on the left side. You can then select a place to link to in the document.

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