Add a link to a document

If you want to insert a link into a document, use the instructions below. Note that you can only add a link on desktop and Android devices at the moment.


To add a link to your document, follow these instructions:

  1. Click anywhere in your document where you'd like the link to appear or highlight text that you would like associated with the link.
  2. Choose from the following options:
    • Click the "Insert" drop-down menu and select Link.
    • Click the link icon in the toolbar.
    • Right click in your document and select the Link option.
    • Use the Cmd + K keyboard shortcut.
  3. In the "Text" field that appears, type or edit the text you'd like the link to be associated with in your document. If you selected specific text when opening the tool, the text will already be visible. Leave this field blank if you want the full link to be displayed in your document.
  4. Type in the "Link" field to begin a search of relevant links and avoid having to copy and paste the exact address you are looking to use. This search can include results from:
    • Web content
    • Your Google Drive files (not available if you use Google Apps at work or school)
    • Headers, bookmarks, and slides from the document or presentation you're editing
    You can select one of these options or manually paste a web or email address into the field to use as the link. You can also click Find more below the search results to browse additional options.
  5. Click Apply.
See an example

Add a link

To insert a link into a document:

  1. In the Docs app, open your document.
  2. Highlight text or touch the area in the document where you want the link to appear.
  3. In the top right, touch the plus button +.
  4. Choose Link.
  5. Add the text and URL for the link you want to add, or choose from the headings, web links, or document links that may appear. You can also search for a link to add by typing in the box next to “Link”.
  6. To save, touch the checkmark icon .

Remove a link

To remove a link from a document:

  1. In the Docs app, open your document.
  2. Select the text with the link you’d like to remove.
  3. Touch Remove link.

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