Tip of the week # 450
11 June 2015

Remove hyperlinks (MS Office) *

When you type a Web address or an email address MS Office automatically links the text to the associated Web page or email address. At times you don't want this to happen you can right-click the hyperlink and select Remove Hyperlink from the drop-down list. But did you know you can simply click on the Undo button or press the backspace key on your keyboard if the AutoFormat was the last thing that occurred? But there is more...

Word and Outlook have an even nicer trick up their sleeve... you can remove all hyperlinks from your document or email message, so you can simply ignore the hyperlinks as you type and remove them once you're finished.

Here's how:

  1. Press CTRL+A to select the entire document or email message.
  2. Press CTRL+SHIFT+F9.

By the way, this trick does not work in Excel or PowerPoint, but could make a brilliant time-saver in Word or Outlook.

Oh, and if you really cannot stand the automatic formatting of hyperlinks, go to the File tab, select Options, select the Proofing category and click on the AutoCorrect Options button. On the AutoFormat As You Type tab untick the Internet and network path with hyperlinks check box.

* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.