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How to change the color or remove the underline from hyperlinks in Word?

When you insert hyperlinks in Word, the default hyperlink color is blue. And if you want to change the hyperlink color or remove the underlines of the hyperlinks, you can do as following steps:

Change the color of the hyperlinks in Word

Remove the underlines from hyperlinks in Word


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1. In the Hometab.

2. Click the small icon under Change Styles to open Styles window.

3. Click the Hyperlink drop down menu > Modify…

Note: this option will only appear if your document contains hyperlink.

4. In the Modify window, click on the blue color (default color) and choose your preferred color from the dropdown menu.

5. Click OK to apply the change.


arrow blue right bubble Remove the underlines from hyperlinks in Word

1. Click Home tab, and go to click the Styles launcher button to display the Styles pane. See screenshot:

2. In the Styles pane, click on the drop-down icon or right click on Hyperlink, and then click Modify from the Hyperlink drop-down menu. See screenshot:

3. In the Modify Style dialog, click the Underline button then click OK to close the dialog. See screenshot:

4. Then close the Styles pane if you do not need it any more. You can see the result as shown as below:


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Thank you!!! I have a large Word 2010 document with numerous hyperlinks which I copy and paste from as a business email template. Some links were blue after the paste and others black. After long Internet searching, I found your page :). Simple to follow instructions and appears to be exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for posting. Ecgringo
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It was pretty helpful. Thank you.
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as you know when we select a hyperlink in an office document it changes in color. how we can prevent this.
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Is there a way to have different coloured hyperlinks in the same doc or will they all automatically change to the same selected setting?
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Thank you! I don't understand Word's explanation for anything. It is sorely lacking, so a big THANKS!
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Thank you, it was very easy to implement!
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You neglect to point out that this works for a new placement of a hyperlink but NOT for a VISITED hyperlink. For that you must first go to Styles-> options -> followed hyperlink and fiddle with that. Otherwise you'll be as frustrated as I was! Thanks
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Thanks a lot Larkin, This helped me!
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Thank you, my friend, you have saved half a head of hair from being ripped out in frustration. If only I had found your comment before the demise of the first half... But thank you. :)
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Thanks so much. The direction are clear. I selected my whole document and then was able to carry out the color change for the hyperlinks on all links.
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This doesn't work. Instructions are dead simple, but the colour of the link doesn't change.
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My goal is for hyperlinks to be black with no undlerline. This is possible, but getting FOLLOWED HYPERLINKS to remain black with no underline has been, so far, not possible.
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hyperlinks and followed-hyperlinks are different styles. From the “Home” tab, click the small arrow icon in the lower-right corner of the “Styles” box. Alternately, you can use Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S . Select the “Options…” link in the lower-right corner. In the “Select styles to show:” dropdown menu, select “All styles“. You will now have an option for “FollowedHyperlink” in the “Styles” list.
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Awesome! Totally worked, thanks :)
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does not appear to work in Office 2016
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I have a "home" document and am linking daughter docs into it. So if I have three linked docs and click anywhere in any of them, the text that whole linked doc is highlighted in grey. It's very distracting, because you inevitably click where you are reading, so it's always high-lighted. Is there any way to turn off that highlighting?
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OK - took a while to figure out how to disable the FollowedHyperlinks - As stated you click on the little arrow at the top where Styles are. Then click on Options (bottom). From there you have to select which styles are displayed (default is suggested) - change this to all. Close options, and repeat above. Now you can right click on "FollowedHyperlink" - and change it's setting. Then go back into Options, and change "All" back to "suggested". Now both Hyperlinks and Followed Hyperlinks are good.
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THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thank you! It would be great if this page is updated to include this as well.
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Big ups - this is crucial addition - thank you!
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This one has been buggin me for awhile. This extra bit of info was the trick I needed. Thank you so much GG!!
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REALLY HELPFUL!!!!!!!!!
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I didn't have "hyperlinks" show up in the Styles window.

I had tried several sites to figure this out. I had just added some bookmarks and links to those bookmarks in a document we use at home. I did the steps as this blog and several others said, but it wasn't showing me all the Styles. It turns out when I hit "Options" in the bottom right, it popped up a Style Pane Options window. In there, at the top under "Select Styles to show:" it had "recommended" selected. I chose "all styles" ("in use" or "in current document" both do NOT work for whatever reason), then "ok" and then I could do as your article stated. It was odd to me the MS would not include that in recommended styles. After all, I've gone this far in to try and change something -- there's probably a good chance hyperlinks would be something I'd want to see.
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Thanks a lot
you always help me in word
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Hi, thank you for the really helpful guide. Is there any way to have a number of different coloured hyperlinks within the same doc?
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