Microsoft Word Tip: Strip Hyperlinks From Pasted Text

I don't know about you, but I'm constantly copying text from e-mails, Web pages, and other online sources into Word documents, and always with the same result: a bunch of unwanted hyperlinks for Web links and e-mail addresses.

Good luck plumbing the depths of Word's menus to find a way to remove these links.

One solution is to right-click any linked item and choose Remove Hyperlink, but that's a pretty slow method if you have multiple links you want to, well, unlink.

Thankfully, there's a fast, easy, and automated solution: Select the entire block of text, then press Ctrl-Shift-F9. Presto: no more hyperlinks. All that's left behind is plain text.

To my knowledge, this works in all versions of Word.

In case you missed them, yesterday's Word tip was on printing multiple copies of individual pages, and Friday's was a keyboard shortcut for quickly moving paragraphs.

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