You know those emails you get from your friends with a link to a web address that is seven rows long, and looks like it’s made up of ancient hieroglyphics? What about ‘directions’ on where to find a file on a shared folder from your co-workers? Do me a favor well-meaning person in my life, check this out:
Do you see what I mean? Why send an ugly web address or file location when you can send a hyperlink!
Hyperlinks are the clean, efficient way to send your friend, loved one or co-worker(s) to another location without driving them crazy, or having to figure it out for themselves. Not convinced? We’ll lets take a look. I could tell you to check out the main page of our blog at: http://inefficiency.sucks/ (which is an amazing blog, even though you’re getting there in a not-so-amazing way). Or I could hyperlink to our amazing blog! In my opinion, there is no contest, the hyperlink is better.
When creating your document or sending an email, first you’ll want to select the text for your hyperlink by highlighting the text. You can do that in one of two ways:
Next, you can either right-click and select the Hyperlink option, OR you can press CTRL + K (that’s right, this is so awesome it has a hotkey).
Now this is where we get to decide what we’re going do. You have 4 main option to choose from (found on the left-hand side). Let’s go through these one-by-one.
Once you’ve selected and updated your main option, update the “text to display” field if necessary. This field is found at the top. Once you’re done, hit OK and your hyperlink is ready! Want to use more than one word for your hyperlink? Go ahead you, can make the link as long or short as you want. Need to edit or remove the hyperlink? Just right-click on the selected text, and select the “edit hyperlink” option.
Pro tip: Did you know you can also hyperlink using a photo?
Hyperlinks are an easy win if you are sharing information with others, want to create professional documentation, or just want to be cool. Go ahead, and give them a try on your next document or email. Thanks for reading! If you’ve learned something, or at least found it entertaining, please share this post!