Making Text “Hyperlink Blue” in Microsoft Word

Microsoft WordThe Problem

For anyone upgrading from Microsoft Word 2003 to a newer version, there’s one annoying issue. The color we’ve all come to know as “hyperlink blue” is no longer one of the default options in the font color picker.

With this color no longer a default option for authors to select, we’ve seen documents using varying shades of blue. A submission won’t be rejected because of this. However, it is a concern if we want to ensure that the FDA reviewers experience a consistent look for every document in a submission.

So, here’s how to make text “hyperlink blue” in Microsoft Word.  (The images below are from Word 2010; however, the process is the same for both Word 2013 and Word 2016.)

The Solution

Start by selecting the text you wish to turn blue.  Then select the font color tool from the “Home” ribbon and click on “More Colors …” from the drop-down menu.

From the “Colors” menu that pops up, select the “Custom” tab.  Make sure that the “Color model” selected is “RGB” and enter “255” in the “Blue” box.  Click “OK.”

The selected text is now the proper shade of blue.  You may now select additional text to turn blue.  This shade of blue should now appear in the “Recent Colors” list in the font color picker’s drop down menu. Now you can quickly select it again in the future, without having to repeat the steps above.

Note that this color will remain in the “Recent Colors” menu only as long as you keep a Word window open.  If you close all Word windows, you’ll need to repeat this process in order to use “hyperlink blue” again.

[Editors Note: This post was originally published on 25 April 2011. I've updated it with info covering the latest versions of Microsoft Word.]