How to use Link Checker for Microsoft Word

Use Link Checker for Word to easily check your document for suspicious and broken links.

Link Checker looks for valid, suspicious, and broken links in Word documents. Perform the following actions to find links in your file:

  1. Open your MS Word document with the links you want to check.
  2. Open the add-in by clicking on its icon under the tab:
    The Link Checker icon.
  3. Select the range where the add-in will search for links:
    Select the range where the add-in will search for links.

    • You can choose the Entire document option to scan through the whole Word file.
    • You can scan only a selected piece of the document if you choose Selection from the drop-down menu.
    • To check only the page you are on, select Current page.
    • If you want to scan some particular pages of the document, choose Pages and specify the initial and final page numbers in the corresponding fields.
  4. Tick the Check external links box to search both bookmarks and hyperlinks:
    Check external links.
  5. Click the Find links button and you will see the list of all the found links.

    Note. If you cancel the search when it is still in process, some links may be left unchecked. To review them, press the Filter icon and then choose Unchecked:

    The Unchecked option.

Depending on the settings you select, the add-in will find good, suspicious, and broken links in the document.

  1. You can choose to work with broken, suspicious, or valid links by clicking the Filter icon and selecting the type of the links you need:
    Suspicious links only.
  2. Click on the link to see it in your Word document. If the link is suspicious, broken, or external, there will be a comment to it in the Description section:
    The Description section.
  3. If you need to see where the link refers, you can right-click it in the pane and pick the Go to destination option from the list:
    Go to destination.
  4. To edit a link, right-click it and select Edit hyperlink. You will see the standard Word dialog box, that allows you to introduce the necessary changes.

    Note. It is not possible to edit cross-references.
  5. You can also remove a link. Right-click it in the list and choose the Remove link(s) option.

    Note. This will completely remove the selected link(s) from your document.
    Tip. You can delete several links at once by keeping the Ctrl key on your keyboard pressed and selecting the links you want to remove.
  6. Sometimes you may need to see the code field of all the links instead of their values. You can do this by right-clicking a link and selecting the Show field codes instead of their values option in the context menu. It can be useful if the add-in detects a broken link but when you click on it in the pane it doesn't go anywhere. If you choose this option, you will see the codes of these "invisible" links so that you can edit or delete them.

You can export the found links to a new Excel or Word document for further reviewing:
Export your links to Excel or Word.

  • To export the links to a Word document, click the Export button at the bottom of the add-in pane and select Export to Word.
  • If you want to see the results in a new Excel workbook, click the same arrow and select the Export to Excel option. Then you will see a new table with the values.


Hi there, the free trial of the link checker of word is expired. Would you please let me know how can I purchase it? I can not find the link. All the links posted in your website are for EXCEL and Outlook. Thanks!


Hi Alice,
Thank you for your interest in our product.

We are currently working on the upgrade for our Link Checker for Word and can't provide you with a link to purchase this add-in at the moment. As soon as it is available, we'll be sure to let you know.

Thank you for your patience.

Kevin Broccoli says:
September 20, 2019 at 7:05 pm

I'm trying to check links to for a website that I have to log into. Is there a way to do that with Link Checker?


Hello Kevin,
Thank you for contacting us.

Our Link Checker for Word scans your document and checks if the links there are valid, unsuspicious, and not broken. You can install this add-in in a trial mode to make sure it works for you:


Hi Ablebits,

I came across your useful tool for links in words can i know few details from you.

When can I purchase this tool and how?
What will be the cost of this tool?
How many days will the trial version work?

Thank you

Ekaterina Pechyonkina says:
March 3, 2020 at 11:26 am

Hi Sripad,

Please install the fully function 7-day trial of the tool using the link below:
If the tool works correctly for your environment I will be glad to provide you with a free license key.

Mark Moriarty says:
April 27, 2020 at 2:26 pm

It appears to work for my use. Could I please obtain a key?

Hello Mark,

Thank you for contacting us. We have just replied to you via email. Please provide us with the requested information and we’ll send you the license key. Thank you.

Andrew Hodges says:
April 30, 2020 at 4:23 pm

Could I also obtain a free license key?
Do you have a version that works on Macs as well?

Best wishes,

Andrew Hodges


Hello Andrew,

Thank you for your comment. Sorry, Link Checker is designed for Windows only and doesn't work on Mac. As for your license key request, please check your Inbox. Thank you.


could I also obtain a free license key for Link Checker for Word?

eric | singapore


Hello Eric,

I have just sent you a key by email. Please check your Inbox. Thank you.


May I have a license key, please?
Thank you,


Hi Jennifer,

The key has just been emailed to you. If you have any questions or need some assistance with the tool, please email us back. Thank you.


It failed to find links created under Comments Section of Microsoft Word File. Other software I used, worked and found links even in Comments section.



Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, our add-in searches links in a document itself, it doesn't check links in comments to the document.

Diptarshi Sen says:
July 6, 2020 at 4:22 am


I failed to find a download link for the add-in. Can you share the same? Also a license key along with it?


Hi Diptarshi,

Thank you for your comment. I have just replied to you via email.


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