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Frequently asked questions about hyperlinks in Word
Article ID: 291182 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q291182
For a Microsoft Word 97 version of this article, see 159940
For a Microsoft Word 98 Macintosh Edition version of this article, see 182343
For a Microsoft Word 2000 version of this article, see 211955
This article answers the most frequently asked questions about creating and using hyperlinks in Microsoft Word 2002 and in later versions of Word.
When I type a file address with spaces in it, Word replaces the address with a hyperlink after I press SPACEBAR. How can I finish typing an address that includes spaces before Word converts it to a hyperlink?To ensure that Word will recognize an address that includes spaces as a single hyperlink, enclose the address in quotation marks. If the address is not enclosed in quotation marks, Word creates the hyperlink when you press SPACEBAR.
How do I turn off automatic hyperlinks?To turn off automatic hyperlinks, follow these steps, as appropriate for the version of Word that you are running:
How do I change the display text or image of a hyperlink after it has been created?You can change the display text or image for a hyperlink in the same way that you edit any text or image in your document.
To follow a hyperlink, press and hold CTRL, and then click the hyperlink.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279090/ )Cannot click to activate hyperlink
How do I remove a hyperlink without losing the display text or image?To remove a single hyperlink without losing the display text or image, right-click the hyperlink, and then click Remove Hyperlink.
To remove all hyperlinks in a document, press CTRL+A to select the entire document and then press CTRL+SHIFT+F9.
Note Performing this operation converts all fields, not just hyperlinks, to plain text.
How do I change the underlying Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for a hyperlink?To change the underlying URL for a hyperlink, follow these steps:
How do I create hyperlinks to locations within the same document?To create a hyperlink to a location within the same document, use one of the following methods:
What is the difference between a relative hyperlink and an absolute hyperlink?An absolute hyperlink uses the full address of the destination document. A relative hyperlink uses the address relative to the address of the containing document. This is also known as the hyperlink base.
For example, suppose that a document has the following address:
C:\My Documents\1999 report.docThis document has absolute and relative hyperlinks to a document that has the following full address (and absolute hyperlink):
C:\My Documents\April\Sales.docThe relative hyperlink contains only the relative address to Sales.doc. The relative address is as follows:
April\Sales.docUse a relative link if you want to move or to copy your files to another location, such as a Web server.
When I click a hyperlink in Word, I receive a message that indicates that no program is registered to open the file. What do I do to open the file?You receive this message when Windows is unable to find the program that is associated with the type of document that is specified in the hyperlink path. This information is encoded in the extension of the hyperlink address.
To view the hyperlink, turn on the Tool Tips option, and then position the mouse pointer over the hyperlink.
To locate the Tool Tips option, use one of the following procedures, as appropriate for the version of Word that you are running:
The file name extension is the group of characters that follow the last period in the address. The following table lists some of the Office document types and their file name extensions.
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