by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 26, 2017)
When Deborah is inserting a link into a Word document (especially a document that she is preparing to publish) and she tests that link, the link changes color. She wonders how she can get the link to either not change color (except when she wants it to) or at least allow her to return the link to its original color so she can publish the document.
There are a few approaches you can take. Perhaps the easiest is to follow these steps:
These steps should only need to be done once, and you may find that the check box in step 4 is selected already on your system. (It is selected by default when you first install Word.) Now, whenever you close and reopen the document, Word shows those hyperlinks in their pristine, unvisited state.
That, of course, brings up another possible approach. Word uses two built-in styles for its hyperlinks. One is called (appropriately enough) "Hyperlink" and the other is called "FollowedHyperlink." When you first open a document, all hyperlinks are formatted, automatically, to use the Hyperlink style. If you click on a hyperlink, it is switched—again, automatically—to the FollowedHyperlink style. If you want all the followed (clicked on) hyperlinks to look like all the other hyperlinks, then change the colors used by the FollowedHyperlink style so they match those used by the Hyperlink style. (How you edit styles has been covered in other WordTips.)
Finally, you can trick Word into thinking that a particular link has not been followed. You can do this by simply right-clicking the hyperlink and choosing Edit Hyperlink from the resulting Context menu. Word displays the Edit Hyperlink dialog box, and you should immediately click the OK button, without making any changes. Word treats the hyperlink as brand new, and automatically applies the Hyperlink style to it. The result is that the link appears to have never been visited.
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