Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Editing a Hyperlink.

Editing a Hyperlink

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated October 8, 2022)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


Once a hyperlink is placed in your document, it is not unusual to periodically need to change the link in some way. This is quite easy to do, using any of the following methods:

  • Position the insertion point within the hyperlink, and then click on the Insert Hyperlink tool on the toolbar.
  • Position the insertion point within the hyperlink, and then choose Insert Hyperlink from the Insert menu.
  • Right-click on the hyperlink, choose Hyperlink from the Context menu, and then choose Edit Hyperlink.

At the conclusion of any of these steps, the Edit Hyperlink dialog box is visible. (See Figure 1.) The difference between this instance and actually adding a hyperlink is that all the information in the dialog box is already filled in. You can make edits to your heart's content, and then click on OK to save your changes.

Figure 1. The Edit Hyperlink dialog box.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (90) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Editing a Hyperlink.

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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. ...

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