MS Word Chapter 4: Links


When creating links, they need to be easy to see and not URLs. To make them visible for readers, have the link stand out a little. A good way to make the link stand out is by having the link underlined, and changing the color. To do this,

  1. Copy a URL into Microsoft Word.

    A URL to YouTube.
  2. Right-Click the URL and click Edit Hyperlink.

  3. In the Edit Hyperlink Box, go to the Text to Display box and type in a name for the URL. Make it simple, like YouTube Homepage, or Fredonia Homepage.

    Edit Hyperlink Panel.png

Rule 1: Always include meaningful text.

This link only has a URL, and no meaningful text to tell the reader where the link will take them.

This link displays meaningful text “Fredonia Homepage”. It is easy for anyone to read it and know what will happen if they click on it.

Rule 2: Do not include words like “Click Here” or “This Link”.

This link may look right, but if a screen reader read only the links, there would be missing context. This means that the reader would not know what the link was for.

Rule 3: The full hyperlink should be included in the document.

Rule 4: You may use a full URL if you are using it as an example. Just be sure to not make the URL a link.