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Disabling a pasted hyperlink in iWork Pages ’09

Don’cha just hate it when you paste some text into Pages, and it copies in hyperlinks, so that they’re all blue and underliney, and when you click anywhere in their vicinity, you pop up a stupid web browser window?

It even happens when you use Edit > Paste and match style!

And to fix them, you have to have to click and drag very precisely to highlight the hyperlink and only the hyperlink, no spaces or punctuation to either side of it, and, in the Inspector, on the Hyperlinks tab, unclick “Enable hyperlink.” Good luck highlighting exactly what you want without accidentally clicking the link!

So here’s my super-secret tip. First, Paste and match style. (If you don’t, you can disable the link, but it will still be blue and underlined if that’s how it appeared in the source.) Now, right click on the link that you want to disable. This brings up a drop-down menu, which you can ignore, and you now have your hyperlink and only the hyperlink highlighted, without any clumsy dragging and without accidentally opening the link. Unclick “Enable hyperlink,” in the Inspector as described above and you’re good to go.


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