When you type a web or email address in Word, you may notice that the program automatically formats it as a live hyperlink. This is a setting in Word’s AutoFormat feature that is on by default but can be easily turned off.

Live web hyperlinks in Word allow you to press “Ctrl” and click on a web hyperlink to open that web address in a browser. For live email address hyperlinks, you can press “Ctrl” and click on the email address to open your default email program and automatically insert the email address in the “To” field.

If you don’t want your web and email addresses converted to live hyperlinks, we’ll show you how to turn this AutoFormat setting off. Click the “File” tab.

In the list of items on the left, click “Options.”

On the “Word Options” dialog box, click “Proofing” in the list of items on the left.

In the “AutoCorrect options” section, click the “AutoCorrect Options” button.

On the “AutoCorrect” dialog box, click the “AutoFormat As You Type” tab.

In the “Replace as you type” section, select the “Internet and network paths with hyperlinks” check box so there is NO check mark in the box.

NOTE: The “AutoFormat” tab has some of the same settings, but it’s a slightly different feature. The settings on the “AutoFormat” tab are for automatically formatting existing Word documents, instead of automatically formatting text as you type.

Click “OK” to accept the change and close the dialog box.

You are returned to the “Word Options” dialog box. Click “OK” to close it.

Now, when you type web and email addresses, they will remain formatted as plain text and not converted into live hyperlinks.

If you have a document that already contains web and email addresses formatted as hyperlinks and you want to remove the links, select the whole document and press “Ctrl + Shift + F9” to remove all hyperlinks.

NOTE: Pressing “Ctrl + Shift + F9” will unlink every type of field, such as field codes, in your document, not just web and email links.

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