Improved copy and paste of URLs in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge has an improved way to copy and paste paste web URLs from the address bar into your content. This feature copies and pastes a URL as a hyperlinked title instead of as a web address.

Using the improved copy and paste

Using the improved copy and paste for address bar URLs is simple. The default behavior is for the link to paste as a hyperlinked title:

  1. In Microsoft Edge, copy the URL you want from the address bar by either right-clicking it and selecting Copy from the context menu or by selecting the address and pressing Ctrl + C.

  2. In an app, press Ctrl + V to use the default paste, which adds a link with the title of the page as the link text.

    Default link paste

    If you're pasting into an app or website in Microsoft Edge, you can also right-click, select Paste as on the context menu, and then select Link (Default) from the sub-menu.

    Select Paste as Link (Default)

Alternately, you can paste the URL as a web address instead of a hyperlinked title:

  1. In Microsoft Edge, copy the URL you want from the address bar by either right-clicking it and selecting Copy from the context menu or by selecting the address and pressing Ctrl + C.

  2. In an app, press Ctrl + Shift + V to paste the web address.

    Paste as web address

    If you're pasting into an app or website in Microsoft Edge, you can also right-click, select Paste as on the context menu, and then select Plain text from the sub-menu.

    Context menu paste as plain text

Notes: 

  • Some apps may override the enhanced copy and paste feature and allow pasting only the web address or will paste using their own formatting.

  • When you paste into an app outside Microsoft Edge, such as Word for desktop, Ctrl + V pastes in whatever format is chosen in the app settings. When you right-click, the app may bring up its own context menu, not the one for enhanced copy and paste.

Change the default behavior

Rather than have the default paste result in a hyperlinked title, you can change the default so that Ctrl+ V pastes a web address instead and offers a linked title as the alternative in the context sub-menu.

  1. In Microsoft Edge, select More , and then select Settings .

  2. Under Settings, select Share, Copy & Paste.

  3. Under Share, Copy & Paste, select the default option you want: Link, to paste the URL as a hyperlinked title, or Plain text, to paste the URL as a web address.

    Share, Copy & Paste settings

    Now, when you right click, Plain text (Default) is the default option and  Link is the alternative to paste a hyperlinked title.

    Context menu for enhanced copy and paste

Alternately, you can go to Settings directly:

  1. In the Microsoft Edge address bar, type edge://settings/sharecopypaste, and then press Enter.

  2. Under Share, Copy, & Paste, select the default option you want:

    • To paste the URL as a hyperlinked title, select Link.

    • To paste the URL as a web address, select Plain text.

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