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Unwanted Hyperlinks

Did you ever type an email address in Microsoft Excel (as in a golf, tennis, or bridge game membership list or schedule), or in Microsoft Word (as in an invitation with an email RSVP) and the address automatically became a hyperlink: blue, underlined, and “clickable”?

This is helpful if you wish to generate an email to that person. But, if you plan to print the list or invitation, the blue color can render the address difficult to read and/or be inconsistent with your project design.

To prevent your computer from automatically creating hyperlinks from new text, do the following:

On a Mac

  • Go to the “Preferences” menu under “Excel” or “Word” in the menu bar Click on “AutoCorrect” (In Word, then click on the tab that says “AutoFormat as you type”)
  • Uncheck the box that says “Replace internet and network paths with hyperlinks”

On a PC with Excel or Word 2007 or later

  • Click the Office button on the top left corner of your screen Click “Excel Options” or “Word Options”
  • Click the “Proofing” option on the left
  • Click “AutoCorrect options”
  • Click the “AutoFormat As You Type” tab
  • Uncheck the box that says “Internet and network paths with hyperlinks”

To remove hyperlinks that already exist in your spreadsheet, right click (control-click on a Mac) on the specific address and choose “Remove Hyperlink” (PC) or “Hyperlink,” “Edit Hyperlink,” and then “Remove Hyperlink” (Mac) from the menu.