Keyboard Shortcut to Insert a Hyperlink in Microsoft Office

I use this blog to act as a repository of useful technology tips and tricks – not only for you, but for myself. If I don’t use a trick every day I tend to forget the steps and find myself straining to remember and end up wasting a bunch of time on Google looking for an answer. I managed to train myself to remember this keyboard shortcut by sticking a paper post-it to my monitor so it was literally in my face for 30 days straight. Now I don’t need to look it up.

Before I learned this trick, I needed at least five mouse clicks to reach the same result. Now right clicking on a piece of highlighted text to insert a hyperlink seems about as effective as banging two rocks together. I can only speculate that I’ve saved myself HOURS of wasted time since I learned this shortcut on July 11, 2014 via the @Office Twitter feed:


To insert a hyperlink without touching your mouse:

1. Make sure you have the URL you want to insert on your clipboard.

2. Use SHIFT + right or left arrow keys to highlight text.

3. Use CTRL + K to open the Insert Link menu.



16 responses to “Keyboard Shortcut to Insert a Hyperlink in Microsoft Office

  1. It is recommending to all the users to access the keyboard in an efficient manner all the users must use all kind of necessary shortcut technique that will be really very fruitful for them. It deals with the inserting process of a hyperlink on Microsoft Office.

  2. Hi Kelly,
    I was searching for this once in a while again and again. I only found the lengthly descriptions how to click through menues…. Not even Outlook Manuals list these (?)
    Thanks a lot for sharing this.

  3. This is really great such kind of article on keyboard shortcut keys. I really impressed with that. It’s really helpful for me. If you give me all the shortcut keys of Linux then it’s much better for me.

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