Tech Tip #20: How to Add A Link to Word

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q:  I want to link my Word document (or my Outlook email) to a website. How do I do that?

A:  Follow these easy steps:

  • Go to the website you want to link to
  • Copy the address from the address bar (Ctrl+copy or Edit-paste from the menus)
  • Return to your Word doc or email (from the taskbar at the bottom of the screen)
  • Highlight the words that you want to use to link to the website
  • Press Ctrl+K
  • Press Ctrl+V
  • Push enter
  • The word has turned blue with a line under it, showing it is a link
  • To use it, your readers will push Ctrl+click on the link

There are a lot of sophisticated options that go along with adding links, but this is the quick and easy way.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.comEditorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersIMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.


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10 thoughts on “Tech Tip #20: How to Add A Link to Word

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  5. Is there a way to put in the link so that only a click is needed to use it? ctr-click is hard for some users to get right. Thank you so much for any tip!

    • I agree about the Ctrl click being difficult. Even my fifth graders will try pushing Ctrl and click sequentially–not holding Ctrl down. I suppose you could program a macro for Ctrl+click to be one key, but which key would you do away with? Maybe one of those keyboard links for mail or internet.

      Good question for one of my readers. I’m going to connect with Ramblin’ Rick over at What’s on my PC. See if he has any ideas.

      • Thanks would like to hear his thoughts.
        It seems to depend on which version of Word you have. In Word 2003 it’s a check-box under Tools|Options|Edit tab. This implies it’s at the receiver end whether to have ctrl-click be the default. For most recent versions of Word, it may be true you can set it to be clickable .. check within Word’s Help.


  6. I’m waiting… Rick, where are you? He always seems to have the answers…

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