In most documents, both on and offline, the default styling of hyperlinks (the clickable words that take you to a web page or document) are underlined and coloured blue. Most of the time this is fine, and is useful for your reader so that they can easily identify the links within your document, however there are other times when you might want to change the default styling. Perhaps to match the formatting of an ebook or PDF guide, or because the document is going to be printed.
Before you start changing the colour and style of your links, you should consider how it might affect your readers. According to Joe Clark (Building Accessible Websites, 2002) “Red and green are the colours most affected by colour-vision deficiency. Almost no one has a blue deficiency. Accordingly, nearly everyone can see blue, or, more accurately, almost everyone can distinguish blue as a colour different from others. It was pure good luck that the default colour of hyperlinks is blue with underlining but a good choice”
You can of course edit the style of a hyperlink the manual way, by highlighting the text and using the text formatting options in the toolbar to change font, underline style and colour. The issue here is that if you modify the link in any way, or click on it, then the formatting will change. which is no good at all!
The best way to get consistency for links throughout your document is to modify the hyperlink style itself. This is done through the ‘styles’ group in the main ribbon.
Modify the style of your hyperlinks
- To start with, click onto an existing hyperlink in your document
- Open the styles dialog box which is found under the ‘home‘ tab > ‘styles‘ group > click the small icon in the right hand corner of this group. You will then see the styles window
- Find ‘hyperlink‘ in the list of styles displayed, click the drop down arrow to show more options and select ‘modify‘.
- You’ll then see the modify styles box, where you can change all sorts of options – font, colour, underlining and more! Make your changes as you like. You can see in the example below I’ve changed the colour and font of my links so that they are bigger than the rest of my text.
Tip: Try clicking the ‘format’ button for even more options on borders, shading, font and more
- The default option will change the hyperlink style in the current document only. If you want to apply this style to all future word documents select the option ‘new documents based on this template’
- When you are done, click ok