If you can’t stand the automatic hyperlinking in Microsoft Word, you might be hard-pressed to find the right place to disable it in Office 2007, since all the settings are hidden so well compared to previous versions.

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Update: We have a newer version of this article that covers Word 2013 and up.

Disable in Office 2003

Simply go to Tools \ AutoCorrect Options \ AutoFormat As You Type and uncheck “Internet and Network Paths”.

Disable in Office 2007

To disable in Word 2007, you’ll have to click the Office Button in the upper right-hand corner.

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Then choose Word Options from the bottom of that menu.

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On the left-hand pane choose Proofing, and then the AutoCorrect Options button.

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Then on the “AutoFormat As You Type” tab, uncheck “Internet and network paths with hyperlinks”.

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This should get rid of the problem.