How to disable automatic hyperlinking

Hyperlinks are great tools — a quick click and you're on your way some place else, without a map! To create a hyperlink, simply type a Web address (URL) or an e-mail address. Office will automatically format the address as a hyperlink. If you don't want a hyperlink, you get one anyway for your trouble.

You might want the hyperlink, but what if you don't? Perhaps you're typing a list or letter to print and you don't want Web or e-mail addresses underlined and in blue. You could always remove the hyperlink, but that might prove tedious if you have more than just a few addresses. Better yet, just disable the feature.

You can't disable the feature universally, although disabling the feature in Word will also disable it in Outlook. Fortunately, the steps are the same in all the applications:

  1. Choose AutoCorrect Options from the Tools menu.
  2. Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab and uncheck the Internet And Network Paths With Hyperlinks option.
  3. Click OK.

Now, the downside to disabling the feature is remembering later how to create a hyperlink when you really need one. Select the address and choose Hyperlink from the Insert menu (or press Ctrl+K).


Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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