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Including Hyperlinks

If you create Web pages, you’re going to want to include hyperlinks. After all, the ability to jump from document to document (or from file location to file location) using hyperlinks is a major drawing point of the Web. Imagine entering a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) in the Address box every time you wanted to visit a Web page! Because hyperlinks play such a large role in text navigation these days, Word provides convenient ways to create and modify hyperlinks in your documents.

Controlling Automatic Hyperlinks

By default, Web and e-mail addresses are automatically formatted as hyperlinks when you type them in a Word document if Word can easily recognize the text as a Web address or an e-mail address. For example, if you type www.creationguide.com, Word will format the text as a Web address, but if you type creationguide.com, Word won’t format the text as a hyperlink. To work around this, you could type www.creationguide.com, and then after Word formats the hyperlink, you could delete the www. portion of the Web address. Similarly, you could add http:// in front of a Web address that doesn’t start with www. to indicate that the text is a Web address, as in http://creationguide.com.

This automatic formatting feature is usually welcome, but at times you might prefer to turn off the feature. To change this setting, you must configure the AutoCorrect options as follows:

Choose Tools, AutoCorrect Options, and then click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.

Clear the Internet And Network Paths With Hyperlinks check box under the Replace As You Type section, and then click OK.

After you turn off this AutoCorrect option, Word will no longer automatically format Web and e-mail addresses as hyperlinks in your documents. As you might expect, existing hyperlinks will not be affected.



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