How to Turn Off Automatic Hyperlinking in Google Docs

While clickable links in a document can be helpful to people that might want to visit a website, you may not like that any link you type is turned into a clickable link in Google Docs.

Our tutorial below will show you where to find and change this setting so that you can make sure the only links in a document are the ones that you create manually.

It’s possible to add hyperlinks to a lot of different programs in which you might be typing information.

Whether you’re sending a text message, working on a spreadsheet, or typing a word document, there is probably a way for you to hyperlink something.

In fact, hyperlinking is so common, that applications like Google Docs will automatically convert anything that they believe should be hyperlinked into a hyperlink.

This includes phrases like or

While the intention is often for those types of phrases to be made into links, there are times when it’s unwanted.

If you would prefer to manually create hyperlinks in your documents, then the steps below will show you how to change this setting in Google Docs.

Do you have text with a line through it that you don’t want? Our guide to removing strikethrough in Google Docs will show you how to remove it.

How to Stop Google Docs from Automatically Converting URLs to Links

The steps in this article were performed in Google Chrome, but should also be the same for other Web browsers. This change is going to affect the Google Docs application itself, so any future URLs that you type into other documents will also not be converted to hyperlinks.

Step 1: Open Google Drive at and open a Google Docs document.

Step 2: Click the Tools tab at the top of the window.

open the tools menu in google docs

Step 3: Select the Preferences option at the bottom of the menu.

how to disable automatic hyperlinking in google docs

Step 4: Click the box to the left of Automatically detect hyperlinks to remove the check mark, then click the blue OK button at the bottom of the menu to apply the change.

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Summary – How to Disable Automatic Hyperlinking in Google Docs

  1. Open a Google document.
  2. Select the Tools tab.
  3. Choose Preferences.
  4. Uncheck the Automatically detect links box.
  5. Click OK.

Now that you know how to turn off automatic hyperlink detection in Google Docs you will be able to stop the application from turning any Web address that you enter into a document into a clickable link.

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