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Old 05-31-2005, 01:33 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how to get rid of the ugly blue www and e-mail links in Word documents after they've been imported into InDesign?

At the moment, I'm painstakingly copying them singly into a bland BBEdit document and then copying them back into the InDesign but it's a slow process for some of the articles I'm working with.

Normally, I'd drop the entire articles into BBEdit before placing them in InDesign, but these have quite a lot of italics distributed through them, and I'd lose that. It's easier to find and fix the blue links after importing them into InDesign than the italics.

Hmm, maybe there's a way to fix them in Word before I import...

   
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Not sure about Word but in WordPerfect, there's a pref you can set to turn the links off...might be worth browsing around in prefs to see if you can find it...

Alternatively, copy/paste the text into something like WordPad or Notepad and that should turn the links off...

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Not sure about Word but in WordPerfect, there's a pref you can set to turn the links off...might be worth browsing around in prefs to see if you can find it...
Where is this preference. I sure wish I had known about it a lot sooner!

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>>susie: Where is this preference. I sure wish I had known about it a lot sooner!

Try Tools > Settings > Environment > General tab > UNcheck "activate hyperlinks on open" and see also Tools > Hyperlink (I've got the general tab thingie Unchecked so I'm not sure how global Tools > Hyperlink would be if "activate hyperlinks" option were checkedmarked and then unchecked.)

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Thanks, Terrie. I just looked past that completely!

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>>susie: Thanks, Terrie. I just looked past that completely!

You're welcome...it *is* a bit buried...'-}

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Not sure about Word but in WordPerfect, there's a pref you can set to turn the links off...might be worth browsing around in prefs to see if you can find it...
In Word, in my experience, that doesn't change existing text. :-(

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Alternatively, copy/paste the text into something like WordPad or Notepad and that should turn the links off...
That's what I'm doing now with each occurrence, but as I mentioned, I don't want to do it with the entire document because of all the italics.

   
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>>annc: In Word, in my experience, that doesn't change existing text. :-(

Bummer...works like that in WordPerfect...

>>That's what I'm doing now with each occurrence, but as I mentioned, I don't want to do it with the entire document because of all the italics.

Ahhhh...bummer again...

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Either I'm not understanding what you're trying to accomplish, or there is a simpler way of going about this. In Word, control click on the hyperlink. Go down to "Hyperlink", then "Edit Hyperlink." At the bottom of this box there is a "Remove Link" button. Click that and hit OK. Do this for each link.
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Either I'm not understanding what you're trying to accomplish, or there is a simpler way of going about this. In Word, control click on the hyperlink. Go down to "Hyperlink", then "Edit Hyperlink." At the bottom of this box there is a "Remove Link" button. Click that and hit OK. Do this for each link.
Oh, I see that button now! Thanks.

But what a pain to do. Some of these articles have 50-60 links in them.

I'll experiment with Shane's AppleScript for InDesign, I think.

Thanks for pointing it out.

   
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