While hyperlinks are an effective means of enhancing Web content, the formatting of a hyperlink in a printed document can be sloppy and ill-placed. When copying and pasting a hyperlink into an OpenOffice document, you may notice that it defaults as a hyperlink; also, if you type a uniform resource locator (URL) into a document as reference, the URL Recognition function will take over and turn it into a hyperlink. Removing the hyperlink is a simple procedure and turning off URL Recognition will take no time at all.
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Select the hyperlink on which you want to remove the formatting. The default formatting for a hyperlink in Writer is an underline and a blue or purple colour; a hyperlink in Calc will have a grey background for the URL.
Identify the hyperlinked text that you want to fix. You only need to have the cursor somewhere in the hyperlink to affect all the hyperlinked text.
Remove the hyperlink formatting either by going to "Format" and "Default Formatting," or by pressing "Ctrl" and "M" on your keyboard. You can also access this by right clicking on the hyperlink and selecting "Default Formatting" from the drop-down menu. In Writer, you can also select "Remove Hyperlink" from the same right-click drop-down menu.
Removing Hyperlinks from OpenOffice Programs
Go to "Tools" and "AutoCorrect Options."
Select the "Options" tab. In Writer you will want to remove the check mark from "URL Recognition" under both the "[M]" and the "[T]" columns. In Calc there is only one box from which you need to remove the check mark.
Click "OK" to close the AutoCorrect dialogue box; you should now be able to type a URL without the program turning it into an automatic hyperlink.
Removing the URL Recognition Function
Tips and warnings
- Clicking the hyperlink in Calc will automatically open the URL in your Web browser. To open a URL from Writer, you must hold the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard while clicking the link.
- If you want to keep the text hyperlinked but want to remove the formatting, select the text and go to "Format" and "Character." This will allow you to change the colour of the hyperlink and remove the underline, but will leave the text hyperlinked in your document.
- Even if you turn off URL Recognition in your OpenOffice programs, you will still end up with hyperlinks when copying and pasting the link from another program. You will have to remove the hyperlink manually.
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