How to Remove Hyperlinks from Microsoft Word Documents

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If you’re copying text from the web and pasting it into Word, it can be awkward when the hyperlinks transfer with it. Here’s how to easily paste text without hyperlinks or remove hyperlinks from text already in Word.

As an example of pasting text into Word without the hyperlinks, we copied part of a How-To Geek article and pasted it into Word. As you can see, the hyperlinks have also been copied into the document.

Hypertext text in a Word document

Here are two ways to avoid this.

Paste text into Word without hyperlinks using Paste Special

Your first option is to remove the links when you paste the text. So, starting with a blank document, copy the desired text and open Word.

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To paste the text without the hyperlinks, make sure the Home tab is active. Next, click the down arrow on the “Paste” button and click the “Keep Text Only” button. When you move your mouse over the “Keep Text Only” button, the text in the document changes to show you a preview of how it will look.

You can also right-click in the document and click the “Keep Text Only” button in the context menu.

Paste Special, Text Only option in Word

Hyperlinks have been removed. However, the Normal style is applied to the text, so you’ll need to change the fonts and other layouts if that’s not the formatting you want.

Pasted special for text only in Word

Remove hyperlinks from text already in your document

If the text containing the hyperlink is already in your document, select the hyperlink text and press Ctrl+Shift+F9 on Windows or Command+fn+Shift+F9 on Mac.

Linked text selected in Word

All hyperlinks are removed from the selected text and the original formatting is retained.

Selected text without links in Word

To remove a single hyperlink, right-click on the hyperlink and select “Remove Hyperlink” from the context menu.

Remove hyperlink from Word context menu

There are different ways to get rid of hyperlinks in pasted text in Word documents. Which method you use depends on your preference. However, the Ctrl+Shift+F9 keyboard shortcut works in all versions of Word and might be the easiest way.

RELATED: How to Disable Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word

By default, hyperlinks are automatically inserted when you enter email addresses and URLs in Word documents. However, if you don’t want hyperlinks to be inserted automatically, you can disable this feature as well.

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