Hyperlinks allow you to link to other webpages, documents, or locations within a document. By default, Microsoft Word formats hyperlinks as blue underlined text. However, you may want to customize the appearance of hyperlinks to match your document’s design.
Fortunately, it’s easy to change the style of hyperlinks in Word. This article explains how to modify the appearance of all hyperlinks or individual links.
Steps to Change the Default Hyperlink Style
To change the default style for all hyperlinks in your Word document:
- Select the Home tab
- Click the small arrow in the bottom-right corner of the Styles section to open the styles menu Styles menu
- Hover over Hyperlink and click the down arrow next to it
- Select Modify from the dropdown menu This opens the Modify Style dialog box.
- In the Formatting section, customize the appearance:
- Font color
- Underline style and color
- Bold, italic, etc.
- Click OK to save the changes
Now any existing or new hyperlinks will have this new default style.
Changing Individual Hyperlink Styles
To customize a single hyperlink, select the link text and use the formatting options on the Home tab or mini toolbar:
- Font group to change font, size, color
- Underline and bold/italic buttons
Or right-click the link and pick font settings from the shortcut menu.
Using Format Painter
Once you’ve formatted one link, quickly copy the style to other links by using the Format Painter button on the Home tab.
To remove a hyperlink:
- Right-click the link and select Remove Hyperlink
- Or select the link and press Ctrl+Z to undo the link
- Use headings, bullet points, and bold text to make your Word documents more scannable
- Insert images and screenshots to illustrate key steps
- Link to external sources for more information
Following these best practices will help improve the readability, professionalism, and SEO of your Word documents.