Microsoft Word tip: Strip hyperlinks from pasted text

Tired of unwanted e-mail and Web links in your Word documents? This handy (and little-known) shortcut gets rid of them

I don't know about you, but I'm constantly copying text from e-mails, Web pages, and other online sources into Word documents, and always with the same result: a bunch of unwanted hyperlinks for Web links and e-mail addresses.

Good luck plumbing the depths of Word's menus to find a way to remove these links.

One solution is to right-click any linked item and choose Remove Hyperlink, but that's a pretty slow method if you have multiple links you want to, well, unlink.

Thankfully, there's a fast, easy, and automated solution: Select the entire block of text, then press Ctrl-Shift-F9. Presto: no more hyperlinks. All that's left behind is plain text.

To my knowledge, this works in all versions of Word.

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