When you type a Web address, or URL, into a document editor, then there’s a high probability that you want people to be able to visit that address easily. Perhaps the simplest way to enable this is by turning that address into a hyperlink, which people can simply click to open that specific page in a Web browser. This is common in many word processing applications, including Google Docs.
But while this behavior is often welcome, there are situations where you would prefer to display the address without automatically turning it into a clickable link. Whether these reasons are merely aesthetic, or your school or organization discourages you from adding links to a document, you might be looking for a way to stop it from happening. Our guide below will show you how to stop Google Docs from automatically turning Web addresses into clickable links.
How to Disable Automatic Hyperlinks in Google Docs
These steps were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome, but will also work in other desktop Web browsers, too. This is going to stop Google Docs from automatically turning any future Web addresses, or URLs, into links. This will not change any of the existing hyperlinks in any of your documents.
Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/my-drive and open any Google Docs file.
Step 2: Select the Tools link from the menu at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click Preferences at the bottom of the list of options.
Step 4: Click the box to the left of Automatically detect links to clear the check mark, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
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