Remove clickable links in Word

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Q. When I type Web and email addresses into a Word document, they automatically become blue in color and are underlined, which I don't want. I know what appears in blue with an underline is a clickable link, but how can I prevent that from happening?

A. To remove those clickable Web site and email address links (called hyperlinks) from a Word document, select (highlight) the document's text by pressing CTRL + A, then press CTRL + SHIFT + F9. A faster way to remove a single hyperlink (or married, for that matter) is to right-click and select Remove Hyperlink from the menu that appears.

To prevent future addresses from automatically converting to hyperlinks, click Tools > AutoCorrect Options > AutoFormat as you Type tab, and remove the check mark beside "Internet and network paths with hyperlinks," followed by OK.

Q. I really enjoy your weekly newsletter and have learned a great deal since I became a subscriber. Do you know of an easy way to disconnect from the Internet? I have a dial-up connection, Windows XP, and sometimes I just can't seem to break the connection when I need to get off-line.

A. In Windows XP, right-click My Network Places and select Properties. Right-click again and select Properties for the connection you would like to disconnect. From the menu, select Make Shortcut.

If you're not prompted to place the shortcut on your Desktop, you can simply drag it to the Desktop. Press F2 to rename the shortcut to something you'll recognize, such as "Pull the Plug" or "Adios Earthlink." To jettison your connection to the Internet in a jiffy -- which is slightly faster than "in a hurry" -- right-click your Desktop icon and select Disable. When you're ready to resume your online activities, right-click the icon and select Enable.

If that sounds like too much clicking and dragging -- I need a nap just thinking about it -- you can also disable a connection by right-clicking the little connection icon that appears near the time display in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. The connection icon looks like two little computers connected with a cable. If you don't have the connection icon displayed when you're online, go to your Control Panel and click Network and Internet Connections.

Right-click your Internet service provider or dial-up connection listed and select Properties. Place a check mark beside "Show icon in notification area when connected to network," followed by OK to close and exit.

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