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How To Remove Hyperlinks from Microsoft Word Documents

Sometimes when you copy text from a webpage and paste it into Word, it can be annoying when the hyperlinks transfer with it. Today we take a look at how to easily remove the hyperlinks if you don’t want them in the document.

Here we will cover a few different ways you can remove hyperlinks from emails or webpage data that you enter into a Word document using Paste Special and Keyboard Shortcuts.

Remove Hyperlinks in Word Using Paste Special

In Word 2010 we copied part of an article from How-To Geek, as you can see the hyperlinks were copied into the document as well.

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To remove the hyperlinks right-click on the document and you’ll see three icons under Paste Options.

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We want to select the third one to the right which is Keep Text Only…the text in in the document changes so you can get a preview of how it will look.

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After selecting Keep Text Only, you can see the hyperlinks have been removed. However, you’ll need to change the fonts and other layouts if you’re not happy with the default of Calibri.

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In Office 2007 under the Home tab click the dropdown menu under Paste and select Paste Special.

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In the Paste Special screen select Unformatted Text then click OK.

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In Office 2003 copy the text into the document, hover your mouse over the clipboard, click the dropdown menu, then select Keep Text Only.

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Keyboard Ninja Style

If you’re a Keyboard Ninja, an easy way to remove all hyperlinks is to use “Ctrl+A” to select everything, then use the key combination “Ctrl+Shift+F9”…We tested this key combination and it works in Word 2003-2010.

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This will remove all of the hyperlinks and keep the original format of the text.

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Conclusion

There are several different ways to get rid of hyperlinks in text pasted into Word documents. The method you use will depend on your preference and the version of Word you’re using…but the “Ctrl+Shift+F9” keyboard shortcut works in all versions of Word and might be the easiest way. If you always want just text in Word 2007, you can disable automatically disable them.

If you have a different method you use to remove hyperlinks from Word documents, leave a comment and let us know!

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  • Published 05/3/10

Comments (10)

  1. Myra

    Great tip! How do you do the same in Excel? Ctrl+Shift+F9 doesn’t work in 2007.

  2. izzy

    Does anyone know if there’s a way to do this in Google Docs? I do like GD, but it does lack some of the important features from Word.

  3. Isabella_OTeam

    This is a great tip on how to easily remove hyperlinks in Word.

    Myra: Removing hyperlinks in Excel is also possible. For step-by-step directions, check out this section on the Office Help page: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/HP100963041033.aspx?pid=CH100648181033#RemoveHyperlink.

    For more tips on using Word and other Office programs, check out the Microsoft Office Facebook page! There is a different page for each program where users post tips and advice and help each other answer questions: http://www.facebook.com/Office.

    Cheers,
    Isabella
    MSFT Office Outreach Team

  4. knight rider

    dude great tip…!!!
    specially the second 1….
    works even with ms office 2010

  5. Rodrigo Galiza

    thanks brother for the tips, this really helped me with a paper work that I was already 1 day over it trying to remove all hiperlinks of about 80 pages. after I read your tip in 3 seconds I did it all…thanks

  6. Paul Baer

    Great tip! Very nicely done. Do you ever work with Word 2008 on a Mac?

  7. Diana O

    This was a great tip, but I found that after I used it on one Word document (Office 2007), it applied to all future Word docs. Now when I create a new Word doc and WANT the hyperlink, I get this instead:

    {HYPERLINK “http:// . (and the corresponding url). . “}

    I tried to hit Control+A then Control + Shift + F9 to revert back to allowing the hyperlinks, but it won’t restore. (I’ve tried it in multiple documents and it won’t work). How do I restore this? This is very annoying!!

    Thanks for your help!

  8. HoX

    For Mac just select the text (Command A to select all) and use the following keyboard shortcut to remove all hyperlinks at once:

    Command Shift F9

    Note 1: Control on Windows is usually changed to Command on Mac. For instance, to search you use Control F on Windows, but Command F on Mac.

    Note 2. The Command key is the one with the Apple logo (), on the left of the spacebar. The key nearby towards the left is the Option (alt), and then the Control (ctrl) on Apple keyboards. That is, from left to right: Control Option Command.

  9. Alexsg

    @Diana O – in 2007 go to the Office Button (in 2010 the File tab) and click on the Word Options button (Options tab in 2010) then click on Advanced and go to the Show Document Content section. Clear the tickbox for “Show field codes instead of their names” then click the OK button.

  10. Bes

    Myra, you made it so easy

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