Q. Should I use automatic hyperlinks in APA Style?


The APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) contains no guidelines regarding the use of automatic live hyperlinks in your academic papers. Because there is no rule, the APA Style Blog recommends that you take your audience and delivery method into account when deciding whether URLs should become active hyperlinks in your paper. In some cases, it may be necessary or beneficial to provide the reader with quick access to your online references through the use of automatic blue hyperlinks. In other cases, the blue font and underlining may be distracting to the reader. In short, if there is a question about whether or not to include hyperlinks, you should ask your Professor or Dissertation Chair.

In Word 2010, you can deactivate the auto-hyperlink feature by going to the File tab, clicking on Options, Proofing, and Auto-Correct Options, then on AutoCorrect As You Type. Deselect “Internet and network paths.” Once you have selected this, there will be no more automatic hyperlinks when you type.

Alternatively, you can leave the links live, but remove the underlining and set the font color to black. For instructions on how to change the Word style for hyperlinks, click here.

Finally, you can also eliminate the problem when cutting and pasting URLs by using the Paste Special feature. If you select the Plain Text or Keep Text Only options, the URL will not turn into a hyperlink.


  • Last Updated Jan 09, 2017
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