Microsoft Word 2010 is much more than just a simple word processing program. It is able to accept and display document objects that trigger actions, like hyperlinks. In fact, if you copy and paste text directly from a website and that text includes hyperlinks, then the pasted text will retain those links. However, your audience or desired document format might not require or allow links, so you need to delete them. If there are a lot of links then it can be tedious to remove them individually, which might leave you wondering how to remove all hyperlinks in a Word 2010 document at once. Fortunately Word 2010 includes a feature that will do precisely that, leaving you with a document consisting of only text.
Breaking All Links in the Selected Text of a Word 2010 Document
The act of removing a hyperlink is known as breaking the link. This will allow you to keep the text that was hyperlinked while removing the actual link itself. You can remove a single link by right-clicking the link, then clicking the Remove Hyperlink option.
If you only have a couple of hyperlinks, then this is a good solution. However, you can also remove all the hyperlinks in your Word 2010 document if there are too many for this method.
Step 1: Begin by opening the Word 2010 document that contains all of the hyperlinks that you want to remove.
Step 2: Press Ctrl + A to select all of the text in the document, or use your mouse to highlight the block of text that contains all of the links that you want to remove.
Step 3: Press Ctrl + Shift + F9 on your keyboard to remove all of the links in the highlighted text.
Step 4: You can then click anywhere in the document to deselect your text. Be sure to save the document after making these changes.
If you have all of your text copied already, but have not yet pasted it into the document, you can also use a Paste Special option to paste the copied text and remove all of the hyperlinks. Simply position your cursor at the location in the document where you want to paste the copied text, right-click, then click Keep Text Only under the Paste Options section.
All of your copied text will then be inserted into the document with all of the offending links removed.