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: Adding Hyperlinks.

Adding Hyperlinks

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated July 3, 2021)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


Word allow you to add hyperlinks to your documents. This can come in handy if want active links between documents, or if you are creating a Web page using Word. You create hyperlinks by following these steps:

  1. Select the text in your document that you want to use for the hyperlink.
  2. Click on the Insert Hyperlink tool on the toolbar, or choose Hyperlink from the Insert menu. Word displays the Insert Hyperlink dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box.

  4. The text you selected in step 1 shows up in the Text to Display box, except in Word 97. You can change the text if you want.
  5. In the Link to File or URL box (Word 97), the Type the File or Web Page Name (Word 2000), or the Address box (Word 2002 or Word 2003), specify the address for the page that will be loaded when the user clicks on your hyperlink. Typically this is a URL, but it can also be a document or resource on your system. You can also select an address from the drop-down list or use the Browse button to help locate the resource.
  6. When completed, click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1916) 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: Adding Hyperlinks.

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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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