WD98: Changing Hypertext Display Text Doesn't Change URL

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SYMPTOMS

When you replace text formatted as a hyperlink with new text, the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) does not change; only the display text changes. For example, if you type the following URL in a Microsoft Word 98 Macintosh Edition document
http://www.microsoft.com
both the hyperlink and the display text are http://www.microsoft.com.

However, if you change your mind, select the URL link, and type
http://www.msn.com
the underlying link remains http://www.microsoft.com, but the display text is now http://www.msn.com.

CAUSE

The hyperlink feature in Microsoft Word 98 is designed to automatically create a hyperlink object when you type text that begins with any of the following protocols:
http://
ftp:///
gopher://
Mailto:
As part of this design, you can change the display text by selecting the hyperlink and typing the new text. However, to change the URL, you need to open the Edit Hyperlink dialog box.

WORKAROUND

To work around this behavior, hold down CONTROL and click the hyperlink, point to Hyperlink on the menu, and click Edit Hyperlink. Then, type a new URL in the Link To File Or URL box.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.

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Article ID: 192751 - Last Review: October 10, 2013 - Revision: 1.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Word 98 for Macintosh
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