Creating Meaningful Link Text with Microsoft Word

Last modified 1/3/2022

Providing meaningful link text will help direct people through or from your document. Avoid using generic link text such as "click here" or learn more." Instead when choosing link text, use keywords which indicate the target of the link. 

Step 1. Select Text

Select the text or long URL you wish to hyperlink.

Step 2. Right Click the Text

Right click on the text then choose Hyperlink option from the drop down menu.

Step 3. Text to Display

For web links, make sure Existing File or Web Page is selected. If the link you selected is a long and complicated URL, rename the link by typing your meaningful text into the Text to Display edit box.

 Screenshot of Insert Hyperlink dialogue box with Text to Display filled out with meaning text.


For emails, select E-mail Address under Link to. 

Screenshot of Insert Hyperlink dialogue box with Email address edit box filled out.