How to Find All Hyperlinks in a Word Document: A Step-by-Step Guide

Finding all hyperlinks in a Word document can be a handy skill, especially if you’re editing or reviewing a document with a lot of links. It’s quite a straightforward process – so let’s get to it.

How to Find All Hyperlinks in a Word Document

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let’s understand what we’re about to do. We’re going to use Word’s Find and Replace feature to quickly highlight all the hyperlinks in your Word document. This will make it easy for you to see, edit, or remove them as needed.

Step 1: Open the Find and Replace Window

Press Ctrl + H to open the Find and Replace window in Word.

The Find and Replace window is a powerful tool in Word that lets you search for specific text, formatting, and even special items like hyperlinks.

Step 2: Open More Options

Click on "More >>" to expand the window for more options.

By expanding the Find and Replace window, you’ll be able to access additional search criteria and settings that will help us locate hyperlinks.

Step 3: Set the Search Criteria

In the expanded window, click on "Format" and then select "Style."

Styles in Word are used to apply consistent formatting across a document. Hyperlinks have their own style, which is what we’ll use to find them.

Step 4: Choose the Hyperlink Style

From the list of styles, choose "Hyperlink" and then click "OK."

The Hyperlink style is the default style applied to all hyperlinks in Word. Selecting this ensures that we’re only searching for hyperlinked text.

Step 5: Perform the Search

With the style selected, click "Find Next" to jump to the first hyperlink in the document.

Once you’ve found the first hyperlink, you can continue clicking "Find Next" to go through each hyperlink in the document. Alternatively, you can click "Find In" and select "Main Document" to highlight all hyperlinks at once.

After completing these steps, all hyperlinks in your Word document will be highlighted, making it easier for you to manage them.

Tips for Finding Hyperlinks in a Word Document

  • If you’re using a version of Word that does not have the "Format" button, try looking for a "Special" button in the Find and Replace window instead.
  • Remember that the "Hyperlink" style may not be applied to all links if someone manually changed the formatting of the hyperlink.
  • Use the "Reading Highlight" feature to keep the hyperlinks highlighted even after closing the Find and Replace window.
  • You can modify the "Hyperlink" style if you want to change how all hyperlinks look in your document.
  • If you’re working on a long document, use the "Find In" feature to quickly access a list of all hyperlinks and jump to specific ones.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I remove all hyperlinks at once?

Yes, you can remove all hyperlinks by using the "Replace" feature in the Find and Replace window. Set the search criteria as mentioned above and replace with blank text.

Will this method find hyperlinks in headers, footers, or footnotes?

By default, the Find and Replace feature only searches the main document. If you want to include headers, footers, or footnotes, you’ll need to select these options in the "Find In" dropdown menu.

Do I need to remove the Hyperlink style to remove a link?

No, you don’t. Removing the Hyperlink style will only change the formatting. To remove the actual hyperlink, right-click on the linked text and select "Remove Hyperlink."

Can I save a list of all hyperlinks in my document?

While there’s no direct feature to save hyperlinks, you can copy them to a new document as you find them using the Find and Replace feature.

What if the document has links that aren’t using the Hyperlink style?

For links not using the Hyperlink style, you’ll have to search for them manually or use advanced macro scripts that are beyond the scope of this article.


  1. Open the Find and Replace window.
  2. Expand for more options.
  3. Set search criteria to find hyperlinks.
  4. Choose the Hyperlink style.
  5. Search for hyperlinks in the document.


Finding all hyperlinks in a Word document doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the simple steps outlined above, you can quickly identify and manage all the links in your document. This can be a lifesaver when you’re reviewing a document and need to make sure all your links are correct and up to date.

Whether you’re a student, a professional, or just someone who works with Word documents regularly, knowing how to find hyperlinks efficiently can save you time and headache. Plus, it’s a neat trick to show off to your coworkers or classmates. And who knows, maybe it’ll inspire you to learn even more about the powerful features hidden within Microsoft Word. So go ahead, give it a try, and take control of your hyperlinks today!

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