Word: Descriptive Hyperlinks

Creating descriptive hyperlinks in Microsoft Word can help make them more accessible/descriptive to people using a screen reader. Typically, when a screen reader encounters a hyperlink (such as http://www.plu.edu) in a Word document, the text may be read out letter-by-letter, which can be confusing to those using screen readers. You can change the display text for a hyperlink so it's more meaningful to everyone.

Open the 'Insert Hyperlink' dialog box

To add descriptive text for links, you will use the 'Insert Hyperlink' dialog box. You can open this dialog box in one of two ways:

  • Via keyboard shortcut: Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+K. This will let you insert a new link where the cursor is positioned, or edit a link when the cursor is on a link.
  • Via the ribbon: On the ribbon, click the Insert tab, and then, in the Links group, click Hyperlink.

The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will appear:

Insert Hyperlink dialog box

To add descriptive text to a hyperlink in Word:

1. Copy the hyperlink you want to include in your text (for example, http://www.plu.edu).
2. In Word, place your cursor where you want the hyperlink to appear.
3. Open the Insert Hyperlink dialog box by pressing Ctrl+K on your keyboard or using the ribbon (See instructions above)
4. In the Address: field, paste the hyperlink you copied as part of step 1.
5. In the Text to display: field, type the text you want to use to represent the link.
6. Click OK to finish adding the link.

Instead of showing only the URL for a web page, the hyperlink now uses descriptive text indicating where the link leads.

Keywords:word hyperlink link   Doc ID:103056
Owner:Lee T.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2020-06-15 12:13 PSTUpdated:2020-06-15 12:34 PST
Sites:Pacific Lutheran University
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