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How to format URLs (Uniform Resource Locators : http://...) in the same way as the rest of the document


  • URL = is an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator.

To change the default behavior

  • select Tools ▸ AutoCorrect ▸ AutoCorrect Options ▸ Options [tab];
  • browse the list until you find URL Recognition;
  • uncheck the check box to turn it off; and
  • Click OK at the bottom of the dialog box.

The URLs detection will also detect everything written with the @ symbol like an email address, so turning the option off will remove the detection of mail addresses.

To selectively determine what should be treated as a hyperlink

Leave the URL Recognition on, but turn off individual links this way:

  • select the whole address;
  • right-click to display the contextual menu; and
  • select Remove Hyperlink.

An address that has been converted to a hyperlink could be converted again to normal text by pressing Ctrl+Z immediately after the first conversion. That is called “Undo.”

To change the color of a hyperlink

  • go to Tools ▸ Options ▸ LibreOffice ▸ Application Colors;
  • check Unvisited links and chose the color you want; and
  • click OK.

To know more about automatic corrections, please read the FAQ item 025 – These automatics annoy me!.