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Hyperlink when and where you want

How to control Internet and e-mail links in word processing documents, or just turn them off completely.

October 20, 1998
Web posted at: 4:20 PM EDT

by George Campbell

(IDG) -- Word 97 and WordPerfect 8 both create an automatic hyperlink when you type an URL or e-mail address into a document. But editing those hyperlinks is tricky because clicking on them just takes you to a Web browser or an e-mail program. Here are several methods for working with automatic hyperlinks, including a way to turn them off altogether.

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In Microsoft Word 97:

  • To edit the hyperlink's text (that is, the text displayed as a hyperlink -- normally blue and underlined -- not the actual target URL), Ctrl-click within the hyperlinked text. You can then edit the linked URL or e-mail address as you would any text.

  • To apply formatting changes, select the hyperlink, or click immediately to the right of the linked text; then press Shift-Left Arrow. Thereafter, you can apply any formatting needed.

  • To edit the URL or e-mail address, right-click the hyperlink and select Hyperlink, Edit Hyperlink. Change the text in the "Link to file or URL" field in the Edit Hyperlink dialog box, and click OK. If the on-screen text is the same as the URL, it will change, too.

  • To remove the link and leave only the text, right-click the hyperlink and select Hyperlink, Edit Hyperlink. In the Edit Hyperlink dialog box, click Remove Link.

  • To disable the automatic hyperlink feature, select Tools, AutoCorrect, click the AutoFormat As You Type tab, and uncheck "Internet and network paths with hyperlinks."

In WordPerfect 8:

  • To edit the hyperlink's text (again, that is, the text displayed as a hyperlink -- normally blue and underlined -- not the actual target URL), right-click the hyperlinked text and press Esc when the context menu appears. The cursor will remain inside the text, letting you make any changes you want.

  • To make formatting changes in the linked text, click just to the right of the hyperlink and press Ctrl-Shift-Left Arrow. This selects the text, allowing you to apply any formatting needed. Or just select the hyperlink with the mouse -- but don't click anything.

  • To edit the target URL or e-mail address without changing the visible text, right-click the hyperlink and select Edit Hyperlink. Edit the link information in the Document/Macro field of the Hyperlink Properties dialog box. When you're done, press Enter or click OK.

  • To remove the link and leave only the plain text, select View, Reveal Codes, then move the cursor in the Reveal Codes window until it is just to the right of the Hypertext label at the left of the hyperlink. Press Backspace to remove the code.

  • To disable the automatic hyperlink feature, select Tools, Settings, double-click the Environment icon, uncheck the box next to "Activate hyperlinks on open," click OK, and click Close. If you want to turn it back on in a particular document, select Tools, Hyperlink, check the box next to "Activate hyperlinks," and click OK.

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