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Stop Microsoft Word from Turning URLs into Hyperlinks

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You may not want Word adding hyperlinks when you type in a URL. We’ll show you how to stop Word from Turning URLs into Hyperlinks.

By default, Word will turn URLs you type into hyperlinks which may not be what you want depending on your document. But you may want to stop Microsoft Word from turning URLs into hyperlinks in your documents.

When you click the link, it will open your web browser to the inserted address. This can be an irksome feature, especially if you print a lot of documents. But the good news is that you can disable the behavior.

Once you change the setting, URLs will no longer turn into links in your Word documents. We’ll show you how to change the setting in this guide.

Stop Word from Turning URLs into Links

By default, when you type a full URL in a Word document, it creates a hyperlink. If you don’t want the URL to be a hyperlink, you need to manually undo it each time by right-clicking it and selecting Remove Hyperlink from the menu. Luckily, there’s an easier option by  adjusting the AutoCorrect settings.

Note: These steps are for Office 365 and the steps on your version of Office may vary slightly. This guide will show you what to look for regardless of the version of Office you’re using.

Turning URLs into Hyperlinks

Manually changing URLs as links can be a tedious process but you can change Word’s behavior.

To Word from Turning URLS into Hyperlinks

  1. First, click the File tab then click Options at the bottom of the left panel.file options
  2. Now select Proofing in the left panel. Turning URLs into Hyperlinks
  3. Clike the AutoCorrect Options button in the left panel.autocorrect options
  4. Click the Autoformat As Your Type tab at the top of the window that opens.Turning URLs into Hyperlinks
  5. Uncheck the Internet and network paths with hyperlinks box and click OK twice to close out of Microsoft Word options. Internet and network paths with hyperlinks
  6. Now when you type in URLs or network paths, a hyperlink isn’t automatically created.Stop Microsoft Word from Turning URLs into Hyperlinks

Stopping Microsoft Word from Turning URLS into Hyperlinks

If you are annoyed by Microsoft Word’s behavior of turning URLS into hyperlinks, you can turn the feature off using the above steps.

Turning the feature off is nice when you’re writing a term paper or any document that you’ll be typing in a lot of site URLs that you don’t want to make links. And if you print a lot of documents, it can be helpful to not have links display on paper.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Ewa

    April 4, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Thanks! I really needed this!

    I never use the links in World and it really annoyed me when I accidentally clicked on a hyperlink…

  2. Jim and Grace Smyth

    March 8, 2022 at 11:20 am

    Very helpful. Thank you for your competence, and clarity. This worked. God grant you His blessings in Jesus Christ the Lord.

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