Prevent Users from Changing Hyperlinks in Documents

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Sometimes, folks may inadvertently change the Web hyperlinks in Word documents simply because it's so easy for them to accidentally change a link by simply following it.

I'll show you how to make it a bit more difficult for readers to change your links.

When you add a hyperlink to a Word document, you can go to the site by pressing CTRL and clicking your mouse on the link at the same time.

If you want to edit the hyperlink text, you have to click inside it and make your changes. While you are working on the document, you want to be able to easily edit it, so this default setting is very handy for you. However, you may not want your readers to have the ability to change the hyperlink. To prevent readers from inadvertently changing the link, you can change the default setting by following the steps below.

  1. Go to Tools | Options.
  2. Click the Edit tab.
  3. Under Editing options, clear the check mark in the Use CTRL + Click To Follow Hyperlink check box.

Now, when the reader clicks on the hyperlink, the page will connect directly to the location of the Web page. They will have to press CTRL + Link to edit it.

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