Having utilized several hyperlinks within an Office document, you’re likely to have realized they change color after being used. This behavior is typical; albeit, detrimental where formatting is essential. However, as you might expect, there’s a means to resolve this issue — present in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
How to prevent followed hyperlinks changing color in Microsoft Suite:
- Open a document in which you utilise hyperlinks.
- Access the style settings window.
- Right-click followed hyperlinks.
- Select modify.
- Set the font color to one of preference.
This post aims to instruct users on the methods involved with preventing Office applications from altering the color of followed hyperlinks.
-  How to prevent hyperlink color changing in Microsoft Word
-  How to prevent hyperlink color changing in Microsoft PowerPoint
-  How to prevent hyperlink color changing in Microsoft Excel
-  Recap & Farewell
How to prevent the followed hyperlink color changing in Microsoft Word
Step 1 – Open a document
Before we begin, you must first open a document. While you are not required to open a document containing a used hyperlink, we recommend doing so; it will allow you to see your changes take effect visibly.
Step 2 – Enter the styles settings window
The home tab contains the “Styles” category; you may access the styles settings window by selecting the dropdown icon within its bottom right. Alternatively, you may instead use the shortcut provided below to save time.
CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + S
Step 3 – Access the followed hyperlinks modify window
After scrolling, you can locate the “FollowedHyperlink” option within the “Styles” dropdown. Right-click the option and left-click the “Modify” option in its dropdown. Now: you may proceed.
Step 4 – Set the default color to your preferred color
You may now find the color bar within the “Formatting” category; its dropdown will reveal an assortment of colors. Choose one of your preferences. Once finished, click “OK.”
Step 5 – Observe the changes
Look upon your document once more. Locate your hyperlinks — you’ll notice a pleasant difference.
How to prevent the followed hyperlink color changing in Microsoft PowerPoint
When hyperlinks are changed
As you know already, newly made hyperlinks are initially blue and purple when used; this is consistent across Microsoft 365; however, some applications handle the issue differently. If you’re a PowerPoint user, that’s a good thing.
Preventing the change
You need only create a hyperlink, highlight it, and open the font color dropdown via the “Home” tab. From there, you may select your intended link color. Following the link will not alter this color. This solution differs significantly from Word’s bothersome process.
How to prevent the followed hyperlink color changing in Microsoft Excel
When hyperlinks are changed
Much like with Word, Excel changes the color of your hyperlinks after you click them. However, this will only occur if you do not manually assign a color to the hyperlink like with PowerPoint.
Preventing the change
You need only create a hyperlink, select its cell, and open the font color dropdown via the “Home” tab. From there, you may select your intended link color. Following the link will not alter this color. This solution differs significantly from Word’s bothersome process and directly mirrors PowerPoint’s.
Recap & Farewell
Office changes hyperlinks to avoid confusion where several hyperlinks are present; however, this can sometimes disrupt formatting choices- prompting your frustration. This predicament’s solution varies between applications. For example, while you must alter advanced font options in Word, you need only manually set a color for your hyperlink to prevent any automated changes in Excel and PowerPoint.
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