How to Insert a Hyperlink in Microsoft Word

Hyperlinks are a great way to connect your document to other pages and resources available online and offline. In this way, users can check the information and learn more about the topic discussed. Hyperlinks can redirect you to other online or offline resources, part of the document you are reading, and even images.


In this guide, you will learn how to create and insert hyperlinks in Word in detail. All the methods are quite simple and shouldn’t take much time!


In Word, you can insert hyperlinks to other documents, existing web pages, and other locations within the same document through the Insert tab. You can also insert hyperlinks in Google Docs, but we’ll focus on Microsoft Word today.

This method shows how to insert a link in the text of Word to an online source or a computer file in the easiest way. We’ll explore the types of hyperlinks and the different ways to add them in more detail later.

If you link to another file on your computer and send your current document to someone else, the link you added won’t work unless you also share the file you’re linking to.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Launch Word and select the targeted text you want to add the link to.
  2. Type CTRL+K or right-click on the text and choose Hyperlink from the context menu.
  3. In the next dialog choose Existing file or web page from the left pane.
  4. Now insert the link in the text field to Address. You can also add the file manually by choosing one of the options in the Look in scrolling menu.
  5. Click on OKAY to save changes.

If you cannot find the Hyperlink option in the context menu, go to the Insert tab with the targeted text selected. Click on the Hyperlink option in the ribbon and insert the hyperlink by following the steps given above.

When working on a document, you usually have sections that are closely related to each other. Rather than scrolling the reader to find relevant information, it’s better to insert a link that directs them directly to that part of the document, which saves a lot of time and effort.

However, before creating the link, you need to set up a bookmark. Here’s how you can insert a bookmark and a hyperlink to a different location in the same document:

  1. Click on the location where you want to insert the bookmark.
  2. Head to the Insert a tab and choose bookmark in the ribbon menu.
  3. In the next dialog box, enter a name for your bookmark and click To add.
  4. Once done, select the targeted text and right-click on it.
  5. Picking out Hyperlink from the context menu.
  6. In the Insert Hyperlink box, choose the Place in this document option in the left pane.
  7. You should now see a list of available bookmarks. Choose the one you recently created and click OKAY.

You should be redirected to the chosen bookmark in your document by clicking on the hyperlink.

There are two ways to hyperlink to images in Word: either by adding a link to an image online or by linking to an image file on your computer.

  1. If you want to add a link to an image online, first open the image in your browser and right click on it.
  2. Picking out Copy image address from the context menu.
  3. Now navigate to your Microsoft Word document.
  4. Select the text where you want to place the link and right click on it.
  5. Picking out Hyperlink from the context menu.
  6. Add the link in the text field for the address and click OKAY.

You will now be automatically directed to the image after clicking on the hyperlink. But if you want to add an image from your computer, follow the same steps above. However, instead of pasting the link into the Address field, navigate to the folder where your image is kept, select it, and press OKAY.

It’s a simple way to share photos and images with your readers without increasing your file size. But if you don’t know where to find images to share, here are some sites that offer royalty-free photos.

Now you know the different methods of inserting hyperlinks in Word. Your documents will look neater if you use hyperlinks, because you won’t have to insert long links directly into the text.

Now if you want to remove a hyperlink you just need to right click on the link and choose Remove Hyperlink from the context menu.

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