Creating a hyperlink in a Google Doc is simple. One reason you would want to create a hyperlink is for cleanliness. Having a large URL (short for Uniform Resource Locator) is messy on a document. Instead, I link a word or phrase to a particular web address. For example, if I am talking about Order of Operations in 5th grade I would link the words ‘Order of Operations in 5th grade’ to a particular web address like so:
This is a great resource for Order of Operations in 5th grade.
That is much nicer to look at than https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zanq7gmXY88
Now, let’s check out how to do this in Google Docs (this also works in Gmail and Slides):
- Find the resource you want to link in your document and copy the URL. To copy highlight the URL, go to Edit > Copy. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut (Mac) command + C or (PC) control + C
- Now that it’s copied to your clipboard (this is a virtual clipboard) navigate to your Google Doc. Find the word or phrase that will be connected with your site. Highlight the word or phrase. Now go to your menu bar and select Insert > Link
Or highlight the word or phrase then find the chain (or links) in the toolbar.
And there is always the keyboard shortcut. After highlighting the desired text, (PC) control + K or (Mac) command + K
- This will bring out a pop-out window which asks what you want the words to link to. Paste in the link. Go to Edit in the toolbar and select ‘Paste’.
Keyboard shortcut – (PC) control + V, (Mac) command + V
- And there you have it! A hyperlink in your doc.