Word: Converting a link to a full URL

February 26, 2020

I saw this technique on a Facebook page for editors—thank you, Karin H for sharing it with the group!

Scenario: You have clickable links in your Word document that are written like ‘this website’ (or the more meaningless ‘click here’). When you hover over the link, you can see the URL, which has been hidden behind readable text by the author. You want to extract the URL perhaps for use in another document, or even in the current document (especially if the document will be printed on paper where such links will never work). And you want to do it quickly.


  1. Right-click on the link in the Word document.
  2. Select Copy Hyperlink.
  3. You can now paste it wherever you like. If you want to paste it into a Word document as plain text, then press Alt+h+v+t (longer method: Home > Paste > Paste Special > Unformatted Text)

One comment

  1. So simple! Thanks for sharing this tip, Rhonda.

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