How to Create a Hyperlink in Google Docs and Add Clickable Links to Text

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You can hyperlink in Google Docs to attach links to websites in documents. Shutterstock

  • Hyperlinks in Google Docs can be used to link to other websites or documents.

  • To create a hyperlink in Google Docs on a computer, select the text and choose Insert Link from the toolbar.

  • To create a link in the Google Docs mobile app, select the text and tap Insert link.

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Hyperlinks are an essential part of almost any document, so it’s no surprise that Google Docs makes linking to websites a few clicks (or, if you’re editing on your mobile device, a few clicks).

Google Docs not only allows you to link to external websites, but also to other documents.

Here’s how to add a hyperlink on your computer or mobile device.

How to Create a Hyperlink in Google Docs Using a Computer

1. Open a document in Google Docs using a web browser.

2. Select the text you want to turn into a hyperlink.

3. Click it Insert a link in the toolbar (which looks like a link in a chain).

A Google document with the link options dotted.

You can click the Insert Link button on the toolbar or use the context menu to select Link. Dave Johnson/Insider

4. In the pop-up Link dialog box, type or paste the URL you want to link to. The URL must be a valid web address, but you don’t need to include the “http://” part. For example, you can enter “businessinsider.com”. As a general rule though, it’s a good idea to copy and paste the URL from a web browser’s address bar, so you know the link is error-free.

5. Click on To apply to finish.

You can also display the link text box shown above by highlighting the text and pressing Command + K on a Mac computer or Control + K on a PC, then inserting your link in the same way.

If you need to change the URL later, you can click the link and choose an option from the pop-up menu. You can copy the URL, edit it, or delete it entirely.

How to Create a Hyperlink in Google Docs Using the Mobile App

1. Open a document in the Google Docs app on your iPhone or Android phone.

2. Select the text you want to turn into a hyperlink. A toolbar should automatically appear below the selected text.

A Google Doc opened on iPhone with the Insert Link option highlighted.

The option to create a hyperlink appears automatically when you select text in the mobile app. Dave Johnson/Insider

3. Faucet Insert a link.

4. On the Insert Link page, type or paste the URL to which you want to link.

5. When you’re done, tap the checkmark in the top right of the screen.

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