Documents that you create in Google Docs can often be improved with the addition of objects other than text. For example, by learning how to link to a website from Google Docs you can provide your readers with a way to easily see a relevant web page.
A hyperlink is something that you can click in a document, then a Web page will open in your Web browser. You have likely seen them on Web pages that you visit, but they can be added in applications like Google Docs as well.
Since links are very useful, Google Docs has made it easy for you to add one to your document.
Our guide below will show you how to add a hyperlink in Google Docs so that someone reading the document can click on the linked text in the document and visit a Web page of your choosing.
How to Link to a Website from Google Docs
- Open your Google Doc.
- Select the text to which you want to add the link.
- Click Insert.
- Choose Link.
- Enter the address into the Link field.
- Click Apply.
Our guide continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps.
How to Create a Hyperlink in Google Docs
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser. They will also work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Edge.
This guide will assume that you already know the address of the Web page for the link, or that you have a tab open with the page for the link. You can copy a link by selecting it from the address bar at the top of the page’s window.
Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the document to which you want to add the link.
Step 2: Select the text that you want to link.
This text is called “anchor text” and can be any of the text in your document. It’s typically most useful to select anchor text that lets the reader know something about the page to which you are linking.
Step 3: Choose the Insert tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Select the Link option at the bottom of the menu.
Step 5: Click inside the Link field and either type the page address or paste the copied address into the field.
You can paste by pressing Ctrl + V on your keyboard (Windows) or Command + V (Mac.)
Step 6: Click the Apply button.
Your selected text should now be underlined, and if you click on it a pop-up window will appear that you can click to open the linked Web page.
You can also use the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl + K to add a link to selected text. This is a bit faster as it doesn’t require you to click the Insert tab at the top of the window.
You can adjust the size of your margins in Google Docs if your school or organization has specific requirements about margins that are different than the ones being used in your document.
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