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WD2000: Changing Hypertext Display Text Doesn't Change Underlying Link
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When you replace hyperlinked text 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 document:
http://www.microsoft.comboth the hyperlink and the display text are the same.
However, if you change your mind, select the URL link, and replace the original hyperlink with the following URL:
http://www.msn.comthe underlying link is still
http://www.microsoft.combut the display text is now
The hyperlinking feature in Microsoft Word 2000 is designed to automatically create a hyperlink object when you type any text that begins with one of the following protocols:
http://As part of this design, you can change the display text by selecting the hyperlink and typing the new text. Word only replaces the underlying hyperlink if you change the URL in the Edit Hyperlink dialog box or follow method 2 in the "Resolution" section of this article.
To work around this behavior, use one of the following methods.
Method 1: Change the URL in the Edit Hyperlink Dialog BoxAfter changing the hyperlink, right-click it, point to Hyperlink on the shortcut menu, and then click Edit Hyperlink. Type the new URL in the Type the file or Web page name box.
Method 2: Make a Correction as You Type the New URLIn the following procedure, pressing BACKSPACE deletes the underlying link text as well as the display text.