Updating hyperlinks in a Word document

Sandra Mahan recently found a cool tip for a customer who needed to update hyperlinks in a Word document, preferably without having to edit each hyperlink separately. She found the keyboard shortcut of ALT-F9 which displays the underlying hyperlink so you can do replacing. Here’s how that works…

In this document, I have two links to the Bing and Google search engines:

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When I press ALT-F9, Word exposes the underlying hyperlinks in a format that I can use with Find and Replace. In this case, both links start with “http:”:

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Using the Replace function under Home > Editing, I can change “http:” to “https:”:

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Using Replace All, my hyperlinks are now all changed:

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After saving, closing, and reopening my document, I see that my changes are out there:

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