Whenever you copy text from the web and paste it on Google Docs, the hyperlink in the copied text remains the same when you paste it. There are a few methods that you can use to prevent the text from pasting hyperlinks in your document. In this guide, you will learn about those few techniques.
Using “Paste without formatting” option
The first method that would prevent Google Docs Pasted text to have hyperlinks is by using the “Paste without formatting” option. Here’s how you can use this feature:
(Copy the text that contains a hyperlink)
- Launch the browser and head over to the Google Docs and open a new document.
- Now click on “Edit” in the menu bar and select the “Paste without editing” option.
- You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+V when using Google docs on Windows/ChromeOS. if you are using macOS, press Cmd+Shift+V.
The pasted text will be in the same font as of your document. Check out the next method to remove hyperlinks from your copied text.
Removing Hyperlinks Already existing Document
Google docs don’t have an option to remove all the links at once so you have to individually remove them. Here’s how you can remove the hyperlink from an already existing document:
- Launch the browser and head over to Google Docs. Now open an already existing document that contains the text with hyperlinks.
- Click on the hyperlink, a dialogue box will appear. Click on the “Unlink” icon.
Repeat the steps for all the hyperlinks that you want to remove from your documents.
Disabling “Automatic Link Detection” feature
When you type or paste text that contains URLs or email addresses, Google docs automatically detects it as a link. Disabling the “Automatic Link Detection” feature will consider URLs or email addresses as plain text.
This method doesn’t prevent hyperlinks to appear when you paste text in your document. It only works for URLs and email addresses. Here’s how you can disable the Automatic Link Detection option:
- Open browser, head over to the Google Docs file. Click on the “Tools” in the menu bar and select “Preferences” from the drop-down list of options.
- From preferences, uncheck the box next to “Automatically Detect Links” to disable this feature. Click on “OK” to return to your document.
Now when you will paste the URLs or email addresses into your document, it will appear as plain text instead of a link. You may also like to check out How to Create Custom Templates In Google Docs