Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Hyperlink Formatting.

Hyperlink Formatting

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 25, 2015)


By default, Word recognizes network and hyperlink addresses and formats them much as you would see them appear on a Web page. Normally, this means that the text shows up as blue and underlined. Word provides the ability for you to change the way in which hyperlinks are formatted throughout your document. This is because default formatting for hyperlinks is done using a defined character style.

To change the formatting of your hyperlinks, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Styles task pane by displaying the Home tab of the ribbon and then clicking the small icon at the lower-right corner of the Styles group.
  2. Click Options at the bottom of the Styles task pane. Word displays the Style Pane Options dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Style Pane Options dialog box.

  4. Using the Select Styles to Show drop-down list, select All Styles.
  5. Click OK to close the Style Pane Options dialog box.
  6. In the list of styles, hover the mouse pointer over the Hyperlink style. You should see a drop-down arrow appear at the right side of the style name.
  7. Click on the drop-down arrow and choose Modify. Word displays the Modify Style dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  8. Figure 2. The Modify Style dialog box.

  9. Click on the Format button and choose Font from the resulting drop-down list. Word displays the Font dialog box. (See Figure 3.)
  10. Figure 3. The Font dialog box.

  11. Modify the font settings for your hyperlinks, as desired.
  12. Click on OK to close the Font dialog box. The Modify Style dialog box is still visible.
  13. Make sure the New Documents Based On this Template radio button is selected, at the bottom of the Modify Style dialog box.
  14. Click on OK.
  15. Close the Styles task pane.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10249) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Hyperlink Formatting.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


Double-Clicking to Widen Columns Won't Work

One way you can widen the columns in a worksheet to fit whatever is in the column is by double-clicking the right edge of ...

Discover More

Finding Documents Containing Multiple Occurrences of a Word

Searching for documents that contain a particular word is rather straightforward. The task becomes a bit trickier when ...

Discover More

Disabling All Function Keys Except One

Disabling function keys is rather easy to do when you rely on the OnKey method in a macro. This tip looks at how you can ...

Discover More

Comprehensive VBA Guide Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is the language used for writing macros in all Office programs. This complete guide shows both professionals and novices how to master VBA in order to customize the entire Office suite for their needs. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2010 today!

More WordTips (ribbon)

Creating a Hyperlink to a Specific Page

Most people add hyperlinks in a document to reference pages on the Web. You can, however, create hyperlinks to other Word ...

Discover More

Creating Hyperlinks from E-mail Addresses

Got a document that has a whole raft of e-mail address in it? You can easily convert all of them to clickable hyperlinks ...

Discover More

Adding Hyperlinks

Adding a hyperlink to a text selection is easy to do in Word. All you need to do is make a couple of clicks and specify ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is six more than 2?

2019-10-10 08:57:58


Great tip!!!, thank you.

2017-10-07 04:20:53


Fully Utilize Stall Designing? To Enhance You’re Business.

If you are someone, who is largely dependent on the exhibitions, for showcasing your products, you might be in search of exhibition stall design services. There are many companies out there which offer premium quality exhibition stands for shows. Their tempting stand designs help in creating a wonderful brand impact. They are capable of gathering to every specific need of the exhibitors, irrespective of the place where they want their stands to be. The highly skilleddesigner’s help in having state of the art exhibition stands of and the experienced project managers assure that a meaningful and a hassle free show is the order of the day.

Here's What No One Tells You about Various Kinds of Exhibition Stall Design Services

Customized exhibition stall designs: Made-to-order exhibition stands have the advantages of both the creativity and experience of the stall designers. This new concept is specifically meant for aligning with the typical marketing strategy, an owner might have. These stands have personalized exhibition stall characteristics. The correct choice of the exhibition stall is meant for the correct place, the right time and comes in a very competitive budget. Once, as the exhibitner, you convey your needs and requirements, a dedicated implementation squad will be allotted for the project and your dreams will be converted into a reality.

Portable and modular exhibition stall: Those of you who are searching for exhibition halls which can be used frequently and whose purpose will never be wasted, you can obviously go for portable and modular exhibition halls. These are some of the best pre-planned exhibition stalls to suit your special needs. The stalls have a pretty unique structure so that they can be put to use for a plethora of reasons. This is the reason why budgets can be reduce to a great extent. After examines the design and the graphics, the whole exhibition stall is put into special cases, only meant for them and taken to the place of exhibition.

Global exhibition service: If you want to participate regularly in shows held outside India, you should always be in touch with a system of trustworthy exhibition minds who can help in building stalls. If support is obtained from the, exhibition stalls can be built in any part of the world. Like an exhibition stall design can be created, in any part of the world. A
Timely help from them will help you to control everything related to your exhibition and have a tension free event.

Innovative Stall and design ideas: Good companies always motivate of having highly efficient designers who employ their best of expertise to carve out the best stall design for you. You can just brief them about the entire motive behind our brand and you can see them converting it into a wonderful stall design concept. Your special skills are converted into ideas and you are definitely a step ahead of your competitors. They stick on to the specific requirements of the show and help get the best well-crafted idea for exhibition stalls which are also completely unique.
A proficient designer for exhibitions will always help to sell your products and services in the best possible way. Obviously, this will result in increased gross sales and progress rate. To render a sense of appeal to the exhibition stalls, one should always pay close attention to the exhibition design, which should be good enough for the purpose meant. Their main purpose is to advertise and market the brand identity to the maximum number of people. Though the designs of the stalls, offered by the booth designers are plenty, they always try to make them simple to understand. The banners, graphics and the contents need to be clear and striking and the basic thought related to the particular merchandise and the products should be highlighted. In case, a new product is launched, the relevant information should be focused upon by increasing the light around it or by making the structure and the location of the display boards, more attractive. This should also be the case for discounts, if any.

Why Is EveryoneTalking About Interactive Technology?

First of all first, what interactive technology exactly is? In simple words, interactive technology combines all forms of digital technology that motivate innovation and human-centric approaches. It makes the various types of technology more easy to use. So, the development of digitalization ensures to offer a full platform to the exhibition world, thereby provides you much wider scope of promotion and interaction.

Bring touch screen technology into use

A very popular form of interactive technology is to show touch screen technology into the exhibition stall design, which attracts maximum interaction from the user or visitor. While you are exhibiting, people can moves up to your exhibition stall and play a video games, write reviews on a PDF and can also email these bits of information to themselves or other, if they wish to. All these moves by the user are tracked and recorded, which can be later used as your personal own database. You can use these same data for future emails and social media marketing campaigns too, thus targeting a specific group of audience. So, the use of touch screen technology aims to fulfill two goals, namely creating a more interactive experiential space and building a reliable database of potential customers.
Employ better engaging relationships with interactive technology

As an exhibitor, your main and prime focus is to gather the visitors in your exhibition stall. Getting noticed among a crowd of an odd 50 exhibition stalls requires few appealing and interesting elements. Try out some of the following points of digital and physical attributes to your exhibition stall design.
• a seamless video wall to show high definition presentations and product demonstrations
• 2D and 3D exhibition stall designfor animated content and 360-degree branding
• Use of smartphone technology to showcase personalised survey
• Project mapping and virtual reality to highlight your exhibition stall design

Beyond the conventional lines of exhibition stall designs is an impressive technology that easily attracts the maximum attention of the visitors. The innovative ideas of the latest interactive technology and digital media calls for an immersive exhibition stall fabrication. These creative add-ons help in building buzz during an exhibition, thereby bringing in more exhibition stall attendees and generating more business for you.
With the coming of interactive technology, you can attract networking professionals or self-serve visitors and transform your exhibition stall design to get an interactive and immersive experiential space.

2017-04-20 21:32:41


Thank you so much! I haven't been able to find this information anywhere, this was perfect :)

2016-07-19 05:18:00

Max Dempsey

Excellent advice as always. This will save me a lot of bother.

2016-03-30 10:34:50


I came across you looking for an answer to why some of my hyperlinks simply will not link and some do. I perform the same function each time, highlighting what I want linked to on the page,Command K to bring up the hyperlink box, selecting web page,entering the web address to link to, and it just takes me to the top of the Word Doc, without letting me click on "location" before clicking OK. The dozens of other times I have done this, it has worked fine. But for about 3 of the last links, it just won't link. Word 2011 on Mac 10.6.8

2015-11-16 11:15:25

Paul Franklin Stregevsky

Dave K,
You raise a good question. Some printers let you "print all text as black," but not Adobe Acrobat. Nor will Word let you "print all text as black." And even if it did, you might want to print some text in color; just not the hyperlinks.

2015-11-15 09:50:01

Dave Kinsella

But how do I modify in bulk all the hyperlinks in a document I've already finished. I need one that is suitable for printing, so the hyperlinks need to be black in order to look clear and sharp on the printed page, but I also need them in blue for the digital version. Anyway I can select them all and then do one action to change them all? Seems like there must be, but nothing I do works. Thank you.

2015-10-21 17:43:42

Donna H

Hi PaulFranklin Stregevsky ,
I have discovered this same problem in Microsoft Office 13. It used to work in older versions of Office.

2015-10-18 19:39:46


Question for you please.

At the end of several articles I've written, I'm posting a hyperlink to my site
for an additional article, sign up, etc.

When I or anyone pastes the link in the browser, it takes them there effortlessly. Perfect.

Interestingly and kinda frustratingly, when I just click the blue type hyperlink
to: https://www.myarticleblahbla
it tells me: Cannot Locate Internet server or server proxy.

I was told try dropping the S from http to see if eliminating the secure
portion of transfer protocol would make a difference. It did not

Microsoft offers a Downloadable 'FixItForMe software but it comes as an
msi file which I've never seen and don't have an application to open it.

Is there an easier way to get my hyperlink clickable do you know?

I am using Office: Microsoft Word for Mac Version 11.6.6 on a Mac OSX Version 10.6.8.

Assistance appreciated

2015-10-01 12:11:42

Paul Franklin Stregevsky

Has anyone found a way to apply the HyperLink character style to an internal cross-reference, like "Figure 3"? When I try to applyh that style, it won't "take." I must use a separate character style, "cross-reference."

2015-09-29 16:06:29


Thanks for this tip. I'd also recommend modifying the FollowedHyperlink if necessary to ensure that it appears as you desire.

2015-09-15 00:04:54


I have a document where the colour of the links was changed accidentally, I don't know how, and is now the default. I have tried to follow your instructions to change it and the only way I can get it to work is to select everything and then it will change, but all the other text is the same colour as well. If I don't select anything to change, or just change one link at a time, the default colour for pasting in new links remains the same. Help!

2015-06-02 14:00:58


I have a document that displays hyperlink dates as "May 30" but gives the full date and time of day in Alt Text when I hover over the links. Is there a way to permanently display the full time stamp so that it prints out (and shows up without having to hover over it). I don't need to preserve the hyperlinks (which is not the text I want to display) butentries that are all "May 30" without hovering is useless. Many thanks!

This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the ribbon interface (Word 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the menu interface.

Newest Tips

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.