Quick Tutorial: How to Remove Hyperlink in Google Docs

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Removing Hyperlinks in Google Docs: A Step-by-Step Guide

Hyperlinks in Google Docs can be useful for including additional information and resources in your document. However, there may be instances when you need to remove these links. Whether it’s to prevent distractions or to clean up your document before printing, knowing how to remove hyperlinks is a key skill in Google Docs. I’m Tracy, and I’ll walk you through the process, step-by-step.

Understanding User Intent

Users generally want to remove hyperlinks in Google Docs for a few reasons: to reduce clutter, prepare for printing, or to ensure the document’s readability. Recognizing this, our guide is designed with simplicity and efficiency in mind.

How to Remove a Single Hyperlink

Step 1: Open Your Document

Log in to Google Drive, open the desired document, and locate the hyperlink you want to remove.

Step 2: Right-Click on the Hyperlink

Right-click on the hyperlink. This will bring up a contextual menu.

Step 3: Select “Remove Link”

In the menu that appears, find and click on ‘Remove link’. The hyperlink will be instantly removed, leaving behind just the text.

How to Remove Multiple Hyperlinks

If You’re Removing Several Links Manually

You can repeat Step 1-3 for each link, but this can be time-consuming if your document has many links.

If You’re Removing All Links in the Document

Unfortunately, Google Docs does not currently offer a native feature to remove all hyperlinks at once. However, you can use a workaround by copying the text and pasting it into the document without formatting.

1. Select all text in your document with Ctrl + A (Cmd + A on Mac).
2. Copy the text with Ctrl + C (Cmd + C on Mac).
3. Open a new Google Docs document.
4. Paste the text with Ctrl + Shift + V (Cmd + Shift + V on Mac).

This will paste the text without any hyperlinks. Note that this method also removes all other formatting, so you may need to reformat your document after.

FAQs on Removing Hyperlinks in Google Docs

Can I disable automatic hyperlinking in Google Docs?

Yes, you can stop Google Docs from automatically creating hyperlinks. Go to ‘Tools’, select ‘Preferences’ from the dropdown, and uncheck ‘Automatically detect links’.

What is the difference between removing a hyperlink and unlinking a document?

Removing a hyperlink eliminates the link from the text, while unlinking typically applies to breaking the connection between two separate documents, such as in Google Sheets or Google Slides.

Is there a keyboard shortcut for removing hyperlinks?

Google Docs does not have a dedicated keyboard shortcut to remove hyperlinks. You would have to use the right-click method or paste the text without formatting as described earlier.

Can I use Google Docs scripts to remove hyperlinks?

Yes, if you’re comfortable with scripting, Google App Script can be used to programmatically remove all hyperlinks from a Google Docs document.


In this article, I, Tracy, have provided you with precise steps on how to remove hyperlinks in Google Docs to ensure that your document meets your clean presentation needs. While Google Docs could certainly benefit from a ‘Remove all hyperlinks’ feature, the methods described above will get the job done with minimal hassle.

Remember to save your changes and double-check your document to make sure all unwanted links have been successfully removed.

Please note, as of my knowledge cutoff in 2023, Google Docs’ features could have updated. Hence, it’s wise to consult Google Docs Support for the latest on this functionality, though as of now there are no direct references regarding this specific topic.

Happy editing!