How to Remove All Links in Google Docs

Written by Emilija Google Workplace / Docs

- 4 min read

Hyperlinks are helpful when a piece of writing needs more context or evidence. However, in some cases, users need a piece of writing without any embedded links.

For Google Docs users removing multiple links at once might be a bit tricky since the tool doesn’t offer a straightforward option for this action.

The hyperlinks can be manually removed from a Google Docs document. Still, users will need to use an add-on or paste the document without formatting to remove all hyperlinks from previously copied documents.

This article will go through all the methods of removing hyperlinks from a Google Docs document.

Method one: paste the text into docs using Paste without Formatting

Paste without formatting option means formatting like line breaks, different font sizes, bolding, or hyperlinks won’t appear in the text you paste.

Using this feature, you won't have to remove formatting elements from documents manually.

The text you copied will appear as if you had typed it directly into the application you're pasting into.

  1. Once you copy a text that contains hyperlinks, open a Google Docs document.
  2. Right-click anywhere in the document and select Paste without formatting.

Paste without formatting in google docs

You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+V for Windows and Cmd+Shift+V for Mac.

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Method two: Use the ‘Text Cleaner’ Add-on

An efficient way of removing multiple hyperlinks from a text in Google Docs is by installing the Text Cleaner Add-on.

text cleaner add on

  1. Open a Google Document and head over to the Extension menu.
  2. Select Add-ons and click on Get add-ons.
  3. Install the Text Cleaner add-on.
  4. Select the text with links and click on the Extension menu.
  5. Select the Text Cleaner and click on Remove clicks and underlining.

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In Google Docs, you can manually remove links from a document if you want to remove only a few from it.

  1. Locate the text with hyperlinks and click on the link you want to remove.
  2. Click on the link button.

google docs remove link option

Although this feature cannot be used to get rid of unwanted links from documents, it might be helpful in situations where you do not wish hyperlinks to be created.

  1. Open the Google Docs file, and on the menu bar, click on Tools, and select Preferences.
  2. Uncheck the Automatically Detect Links option.
  3. Click ‘OK’.
  1. Press the ‘Ctrl + A’ hotkey to select all the text in the document.
  2. Press the ‘Ctrl + Shift + F9’ hotkey to remove all the links.

Wrapping Up

Removing multiple links at once in Google Documents can be tricky since the Google-owned software doesn’t have a built-in feature specifically for this purpose.

Whether you are about to paste a text or already have a text containing hyperlinks, the most efficient solutions are to either add an Add-on or use the paste without a formatting option.

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