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How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

When you look at the text in a Microsoft Word document, it is easy to identify the hyperlinks. Hyperlinks provide additional information related to the word or phrase they are embedded in. You’ll see text underlined blue font which means that link wasn’t clicked lor an underlined purple font which means it was clicked.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Although blue or purple fonts represent hyperlinks, they can be adjusted to suit users’ preferences. For example, if you would rather have the hyperlinks in your document italicized or with a red font, Word has features that allows you to do so. Here’s how it works:

Changing the Color of the Hyperlink

With the default colors of a hyperlink being blue or purple, here are the steps to change to a different color.
Step 1: Launch the Word document containing the hyperlink.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 2: On the Home tab, click on the pop-out icon under Styles to launch a dialog window.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 3: Scroll down the Styles dialog window and click on the drop-down beside Hyperlink.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 4: From the drop-down, click on Modify. The modify option will only show up if the document contains hyperlinks.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 5: On the Modify Style dialog window, click on the drop-down beside the Underline feature. This drop-down contains font colors.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 6: Click on your preferred color option.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 7: Click on OK to apply your change and your hyperlink should reflect the new color.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

That’s it for how to change the color of the hyperlinks in a Word document. Note that the underline will still be present after you change the color of the hyperlinks. Check the next section to learn how to remove underlines from your hyperlinks in Microsoft Word.

Removing the Underline from the Hyperlink

One of the signs that a part of your text is a hyperlink is that it will have an underline. When you change the color of the text, the color of the underline changes, but it doesn’t disappear.  To remove the underline from your hyperlinks, here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Launch the Word document containing the hyperlink.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 2: On the Home tab, click on the pop-out icon under Styles to launch a dialog window.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 3: Scroll down the Styles dialog window and click on the drop-down beside Hyperlink.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 4: From the drop-down, click on Modify. The modify option will only show up if the document contains hyperlinks.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 5: On the Modify Style dialog window, click on the Underline feature.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 6: Click on OK to apply your change.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 7: Close the Styles dialog window, and you should see that all the underlines in your hyperlinks have disappeared.

Changing the Style Name of a Hyperlink

The Hyperlink style includes the font, font color, and font size. The steps above already explain how to change the color of your hyperlink and remove underlines. The process of changing the style name of hyperlinks is slightly different depending on the type of hyperlink. In this section, we will look at the two types of hyperlinks – followed and unfollowed,.

Followed Hyperlink

Followed hyperlinks are links that a Word document user has clicked or selected. They are usually purple by default. Here’s how to format the style of a followed hyperlink in Microsoft Word:

Step 1: Launch the Word document containing the hyperlink.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 2: On the Home tab, click on the pop-out icon under Styles to launch a dialog window.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 3: Click on Manage Styles under the Styles dialog window.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 3: Go to the Sort order menu and select Alphabetical.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 4: Click on FollowedHyperlink under the Select a style to edit the list and click on Modify.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 6: Click on the drop-down beside ‘Style based on’ option and choose a preferred style for the hyperlink.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 7: Click on OK to save changes.

Unfollowed Hyperlink

Unfollowed hyperlinks are links that a Word document user hasn’t clicked or selected. Such hyperlinks are blue and they have an underline. Here’s how to format the style of an unfollowed hyperlink in Microsoft Word:

Step 1: Launch the Word document containing the hyperlink.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 2: Hover your cursor over an unfollowed hyperlink.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 3: On the Home tab, click on the pop-out icon under Styles to launch a dialog window.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 4: Scroll down the Styles dialog window and click on the drop-down beside Hyperlink.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 5: From the drop-down, click on Modify.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 6: On the Modify Style dialog window, change the font by going to Formatting and changing the font type, size, and color depending on your preferences.

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

How to Format Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

Step 7: Click on OK to apply your change.

Manage Hypering in Microsoft Word

Hyperlinks help you link to an additional reference sources and redirect users to that webpage. It’s different than adding a bookmark. You can manage the hyperlinks and make them look easily understandable for other readers.


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