Word – Restore default hyperlink color in MS Office

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In the default (blank) MS Word document template, the Hyperlink style definition includes the attribute Font Color: Hyperlink. I have a particular Word document in which the Hyperlink style has been modified to include Font Color: Black, among other attributes. I want to restore the original "Hyperlink" color definition, but I cannot find a way to do so. In the Modify Style dialog, I can completely remove, for example, the explicit specification of a particular font face, changing it from Times New Roman to null, by drilling down through the Format combo-button at the bottom of the Modify Style dialog, then clearing the text from the combo-box, but I cannot do the same for font color with its color picker. Nor is there a text entry position in which I could attempt to type the word "Hyperlink" as a color name.
I could of course set it to Font Color: Blue, but that would force it to be blue for any user, even one who has set a different system color for hyperlinks on their machine (as does the current setting of Black).
With the default setting (if I'm understanding correctly), the Hyperlink style, with its Font Color: Hyperlink parameter, will make hyperlinks display using the system-defined color – so if Bob has configured his computer to display links in hot pink, and Mary prefers burnt orange, they'll each see hyperlinks in that color when they open the document, while I see good ol' blue. This is what I would like to have happen.

Of course, I know I could just copy all of the text out of the document and paste it into a brand new document with all of the default styling, but is there any way to modify the style definition embedded into this existing document, so I can preserve all of the other elements defined for the style, and only revert the color?


Note: This is definitely not the same issue as Turning active hyperlinks back to blue, because in that question, the (unmodified) Hyperlink style was removed from the linked text and just needed to be reapplied. In my situation, the definition of the Hyperlink style has been changed – I can apply the style all day long and never get blue text.

Best Answer

As far as I know there's no way to redefine it back to the hyperlink colourtheme colour using the Style Modify dialog. However here are two methods you can try.

VBA Method

Alt + F11 to open up VBA Window. Alt + G to open Immediate Window. Then run the following command in the Immediate Window:

ActiveDocument.Styles("Hyperlink").Font.TextColor.ObjectThemeColor = wdThemeColorHyperlink

Style painter method

You can use style painter to copy the formatting back and use that to update the Hyperlink style.

  1. Create a new document type some text, ensure it's formatted as Normal and then format it as hyperlink
  2. Select that text and press Ctrl + Shift + C (this will copy the formatting)
  3. In your target document type some new text to work with, format it as Normal and apply Hyperlink to it
  4. Select the new text and press Ctrl + Shift + P (this will paste the formatting)
  5. If it's not already visible open the Styles Window (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S)
  6. Locate the Hyperlink style in the style window
  7. Make sure your hyperlink formatted text is still selected
  8. Hover over it and then click the drop down menu and select "Update Hyperlink to Match Selection"
  9. Delete the working text you added in step 3

You should now have the hyperlink text back to it's defaults. Check the other Hyperlink text in your document. If you had any other modifications to the Hyperlink style you can now re-apply those.