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Alice Keeler

How to Create a Hyperlink

How to Create a Hyperlink

Control K


Click Here to open a graphic for keyboard shortcuts in Google Slides. Using “Click Here” for hyperlinks is significantly more visually appealing than using the URL: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vf3IfLea_sk4AIYjZHcR25EfIpyDwaHG4Xvo1loXrYk&authuser=0



Hyperlinking text means that you point your text to another location or website. If you notice text is a different color or underlined it is probably hyperlinked. Click on the hyperlinked text to see what location the author of an email or website wants to direct you to. For example I have a blog post on 10 easy things to try in 2015. Notice that the words “blog post” are hyperlinked.


A habit I get into is to hold down the Command key on a Mac or the Control key on a PC when clicking on a hyperlink. This will open the hyperlink in a new tab, thus enabling you to stay on the webpage you’re on.

Create a Hyperlink

The first step to creating a hyperlink is to type the text you want to hyperlink. Such as “CLICK HERE.”


You will want to highlight the text you want to hyperlink. You can do this by using the mouse to highlight the text. Another trick is to put the cursor at the end of the text you want to hyperlink and to hold down the shift key while pressing the left arrow. This will highlight one letter at a time. This also works the opposite direction by using the right arrow key.

Chain Link

Most Web 2.0 tools have a chain link icon to allow you to create a hyperlink. Click on the icon in the toolbar to give you the option to paste the URL web address of where you want the hyperlinked text to go. Be sure to include the http:// in your URL when hyperlinking.
Chain Link



Control K

I would recommend you get into the habit of using the keyboard shortcut Control K (Command K on a Mac). After you highlight your text, hold down the Control key and press K. This should open the hyperlink

Google Doc

Pressing Control Key and K after highlighting text in a Google Doc will bring up a box underneath the text to allow you to paste a URL. Google Docs also suggests Google Docs and links that you might want to link to so you do not have to look up the URL manually.

Google Sheets

Click once on a cell in the spreadsheet and use Control K to hyperlink the text in the cell.
Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 6.12.00 AM


Pasting links into an email is unattractive. You can hyperlink in an email also. In Gmail type the text you want to hyperlink, highlight that text and use Control K to prompt the hyperlink box. Paste the URL into the “To what URL should this link go?” box and click ok.
Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 6.25.39 AM


Control K hyperlinks text in the blogging software WordPress (which is what I use for this blog).

Office Documents

The shortcut Control K also works in Office documents. For more Office keyboard shortcuts CLICK HERE.

1 thought on “How to Create a Hyperlink

  1. Hello Alice – this seems so simple, yet effective hyper-linking can be such a time-saver! Students and teachers appreciate clean and simple navigation. And as you know, hyperlinks add detail and depth for the readers looking for more information. Here is my post on using URL shorteners; http://goo.gl/k9ORNO
    I hope you don’t mind me piggy-backing your post – it’s a related topic that your readers may find of value. As always, thanks for this learning platform! Bob

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