Create or edit a hyperlink in Word 2016 for Mac

Word automatically creates a hyperlink for you when you press Enter or the Spacebar after you type a URL, such as

If you want to create a link to text or a picture, or a specific place in a document, you can do that too.

Link to a file, Web page, or blank email message

  1. Select the text or picture to use as a link, and then click Insert > Hyperlink.

    On the Insert tab, Hyperlink is highlighted

  2. In the Insert Hyperlink box, do one of the following:

    Shows the options for inserting a hyperlink to a Web page, e-mail address or document

    • To link to a Web page or file, click Web Page or File, and then in the Address box, type a URL or click Select to browse to a file.

    • To link to a specific place within the document, click This Document, and then select the location for the link (such as the top of the document or to a specific heading).

    • To link to a blank email message, click Email Address, and type an email address and a subject for the message.

      Tip: To change the ScreenTip that appears when you rest the pointer over the hyperlink, click ScreenTip and then type the text. If you don't specify a tip, Word uses the path or address of the file as the tip.

  3. Click OK.

Create a hyperlink (bookmark) to a specific place in a document

Creating bookmarks is a two-step process: you mark the link destination, and then you add the hyperlink. The hyperlink can be within a document or between documents.

Step 1: Mark the link destination

First, insert a bookmark or use a heading style to mark a location. Heading styles work only when you’re linking to a location in the current document.

Insert a bookmark

In the current document or the document you want to link to, do this:

  1. Select the text to which you want to assign a bookmark, or click where you want to insert a bookmark.

  2. Click Insert >Bookmark.

    On the Insert tab, Bookmark is highlighted

  3. Under Bookmark name, type a name.

    Bookmark names must begin with a letter and can contain numbers. You can't include spaces in a bookmark name, but you can use the underscore character to separate words — for example, First_heading.

  4. Click Add.

Apply a heading style

When you’re linking to a location in the same document, you can apply one of the built-in heading styles to the text at the location you want to go to. In the current document, do the following:

  1. Select the text to which you want to apply a heading style.

  2. Click Home > Styles Pane, and select the style you want.

    On the Home tab, Styles Pane is highlighted

    For example, if you selected text you want to style as a main heading, click the style called Heading 1 in the Apply a style gallery.

Step 2: Add a link to a location in the current document

  1. Select the text or object to display as the hyperlink.

  2. Click Insert > Hyperlink.

  3. Click This Document, and then click to expand Headings or Bookmarks depending on what you want to link to.

    The This Document tab is highlighted

  4. Click the heading or bookmark you want to link to, and then click OK.

Turn off automatic hyperlinks

If you do not want Word to automatically create hyperlinks in your document as you type, you can turn this off.

  1. On the Word menu, click Preferences > AutoCorrect (under Authoring and Proofing Tools).

  2. Click AutoFormat as You Type, and then clear the Internet and network paths with hyperlinks check box.

    Autoformat as You Type is highlighted in Preferences

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