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How to Remove All Hyperlinks from Google Docs

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When working on something using Google Docs, you might decide to get rid of the hyperlinks. Sometimes, hyperlinks are created when you copy and paste texts from the web.

No matter how the hyperlinks got into your Google Docs document, we will discuss how to completely removed them and avoid adding texts with hyperlinks in the future.

How to Remove Hyperlinks from Google Docs

Removing a hyperlink from Google Docs is quite simple. It is as easy as avoiding adding text with a hyperlink. However, if you want to remove multiple hyperlinks, it is another story, though, not impossible to accomplish. Here are some methods you can do.

How to Use Paste without Formatting Feature in Google Docs

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In order to leave out the hyperlinks when copying and pasting content from the web, you can use the “Paste without Formatting” capability of Google Docs.

  • Once you have copied the text with a hyperlink from a website, go to your Google Docs document.
  • On the menu bar, select “Edit” and then “Paste without Formatting”.
  • You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+V (for Windows and Chrome OS) or Cmd+Shift+V (for macOS) to easily accomplish the same “Paste without Formatting” function.

Google Docs strips off all the formatting from the source of the content you pasted and use the default formatting rules. This effectively removes the links from your copied content.

How to Remove Individual Hyperlinks from Google Docs

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If you have a document that has a hyperlink that you want to be removed, you can easily do so using these steps:

  • Open the Google Docs document that contains the hyperlink you wanted to be removed.
  • Once opened, click on the link.
  • A dialog box will pop up.
  • Click on the unlink icon to remove the hyperlink.

That’s how easy it is. The link will be instantly removed. If you have other links you want to remove, just repeat the same process and you’re good.

How to Remove Multiple Hyperlinks from Google Docs

Technically, Google Docs does not allow removing of hyperlinks in bulk. But there are workarounds we can use to completely remove multiple hyperlinks from a Google Docs document.

Using the same “Paste without Formatting” we have used above, we can use it to remove all the hyperlinks in your document. Just follow these steps:

  • To start, highlight all the existing text content in your Google Docs document.
  • You can do that by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + A or Cmd + A.
  • Then copy every bit of it by selecting Edit > Copy from the menu bar or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + C or Cmd + C.
  • After that, you need to the copied content with your existing text still highlighted. You can use Ctrl-Shift-V or Cmd-Shift-V to do it. You can also select Edit > Paste without Formatting.

By doing this, you have safely pasted over the existing text and effectively replaced it with the same content without the hyperlinks in it. Please note that this process also removes all the other formatting you have in place such as italics, bold, font sizes, and colors. So, it is better to plan your action if you don’t want your current formatting to be wiped out.

How to Prevent Links from Generating Automatically in Google Docs

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Normally, when you type an email address or a URL in your document, it will automatically be converted into a hyperlink. This is due to the Automatic Link Detection feature that is turned on by default in Google Docs. To stop this, you can easily turn off the feature by doing this:

Click on the Tools tab in the menu bar, and select “Preferences”. Uncheck the “Automatically detects links” option in the resulting window.

That’s it! If this article has helped you remove those hyperlinks from your Google Docs document let us know in the comment section below.

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