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: Pasting a Hyperlink.

Pasting a Hyperlink

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 26, 2017)

A common editing task is copying information from one document and pasting it in another. By using a minor variation on pasting, you can actually cause your pasted information to appear as a hyperlink in a document. To paste information in this manner, follow these steps:

  1. Select the information to be copied and press Ctrl+C. This copies the information to the Clipboard.
  2. Position the insertion pointer where you want the link to appear.
  3. Choose Paste As Hyperlink from the Edit menu.

The information appears as a hyperlink in the document. If you click on it, you are taken directly to the spot in the original document from which it was copied. (In Word 2002 or Word 2003 you need to hold down the Ctrl key as you click on the hyperlink in order to follow it to the original document.)

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (786) 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: Pasting 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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