Use Meaningful Hyperlink Text (Word)

Posted: June 7, 2020 at 9:50 pm

Hyperlinks should inform users where clicking the link will actually take them.

To create meaningful hyperlink in Microsoft 365 Word, do the following:

  • Select the URL that you would like to replace with meaningful hyperlink text.
  • Go to the Insert tab. Select Links.

 

  • Enter the descriptive link text in Display text text box.
  • Enter the URL in the Address text box.

  • Click Insert.

 

Why is this important?

Screen reading applications allow users to list the links on the page in a separate dialog window. This feature allows a user to quickly scan through all of the links on a web page. Unfortunately, it also strips away the surrounding content leaving the user only with the link text provided.

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Write to Korey Singleton at ksinglet@gmu.edu