by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 1, 2019)
Let's say that you somehow get a document that contains a whole bunch of e-mail addresses, and they appear as plain text. (By "plain text," I mean that you cannot click on them and have Word start up your e-mail program so you can send an e-mail out.) Rather than have them remain plain text, you want the addresses to become hyperlinks so that you can click and mail something.
The easiest way to convert the actual e-mail addresses to hyperlinks is to use Word's AutoFormat feature. All you need to do is make sure that AutoFormat is correctly configured, and then it will convert all the e-mail addresses to usable links. Unfortunately, the AutoFormat feature is not available from Word's ribbon. You can add it to the Quick Access Toolbar, however, by following these steps:
To use the newly added AutoFormat feature, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The AutoFormat dialog box.
Figure 2. The AutoFormat tab of the AutoCorrect dialog box.
If you want to make sure that AutoFormat doesn't change anything else in your document, you can do that by making sure, in step 3, that all checkboxes are cleared, except for the Internet and Network Paths with Hyperlinks check box.
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