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 AbleBits.com 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.

Responses

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!

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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.

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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?

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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: https://www.ablebits.com/files/get.php?addin=wd-link-checker&f=free-trial

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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

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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:
https://www.ablebits.com/files/get.php?addin=wd-link-checker&f=free-trial
If the tool works correctly for your environment I will be glad to provide you with a free license key.

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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

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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.

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

thanks
eric | singapore

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Hello Eric,

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Hello,

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.

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

Hi,

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

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Hi Diptarshi,

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

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Hello,

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

Thank you,
Lauren.

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Hello Lauren,

Sure, I've just sent you the key for Link Checker via email. If you still don't see it in your Inbox, please check your Spam/Junk/Trash email folders as well. Thank you.

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Hello,
could I get a free license key for Link Checker for Word? It looks like it would solve a problem I am currently having.

Thank you!

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Hello Doug,

Thank you for contacting us. I've just sent you the license key to your email, please check your Inbox. Thank you!

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Hi,
Could I get a free license key for Link Checker for Word?

Thank you very much!

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Hi Oliv,

I've just sent you the license key and download link via email, please check your Inbox. Thanks!

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Adnan Tarcan says:
August 20, 2020 at 3:44 pm

Hi,
Could I get a free license key for Link Checker for Word?

Is useful my needs.

Thank you very much!

Adnan

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Hi Adnan,

Thank you for your request. I will email the license details to you shortly.

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kashyap grover says:
August 26, 2020 at 4:05 am

Hi,
Is it possible to run link check on multiple documents at once. Like accross the whole folder or set of folders.

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Hi,

Thank you for your question. At the moment our Link Checker for Word cannot offer you such functionality.

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Karin M Gilligan says:
September 3, 2020 at 3:12 am

Could I get a free license key for Link Checker for Word?

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Hello Karin,

Thank you for your interest in our add-in. I have just emailed you with the license details as requested.

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Graeme Gordon says:
September 9, 2020 at 9:24 am

Hi!

I have the trial version of the Link Checker for Word installed and wondered how I can get a license key to keep this full functional once the trial period expires.

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Hi Graeme,

Thank you for contacting us. I've just replied to your request by email. Please check your inbox.

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I am loving the trial version of Link Checker for Word, however, unsure how to get a license to keep this amazing product working. Not seeing it under the buy now option. Thank you!

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Hello Josue,

Thank you for your feedback. Glad to hear that you find our add-in helpful. I've sent you the license details by email. Feel free to email back if you have any questions.

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Hi, I have used AbleBits for many years to check the links on my course outlines. It's such a great tool. My trial period for the recent version of the Link Checker for Word has expired. Could you please provide information about how to acquire a license key? Thank you for a great product!

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Hello Rae,

Thank you for your comment. I've just sent you the activation details via email, please check out your Inbox. Thanks!

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Hi! Need a licence key for Link checker too. Pls send me one 🙂 Thanks

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Hi Michael,

Per your request, the key has just been emailed to you. Please check your inbox. Thanks.

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

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Hello Daniel,

Thank you for your interest in our add-in. I have sent you the download link and the license key by email. If you have any other questions or need further assistance, please email us back.

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Could I also get a free license key for Link Checker for Word? Thanks!

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Hello Dan,

I’ve just sent you the activation key via email, please check out your Inbox. Thank you.

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Harald Aarbakke says:
October 3, 2020 at 8:06 am

I too would like to receive a download link and license key, if possible. Thank you!

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Hello Harald,

Sure, I've just emailed the download link and license details to you. Have a nice day!

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I am using the trial version of Link Checker for Word. How can I get a licensed version? Thank you!

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Hello Ron,

Thank you for your question. I've just sent you your personal license key via email. Please check your Inbox. Thank you!

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I'd like a personal license key for Link Checker please.

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Hello Bruce,

Per your request, the license key for Link Checker for Word has just been sent to you via email. I hope you've received it by now. Otherwise, please do not hesitate to email us at support@ablebits.com.

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Anastasiia Iarkavea says:
October 14, 2020 at 3:11 pm

Hi,

I think this Add-in must be really helpful! I've got a situation, where I have to check a huge Word-file for the hyperlinks. Could you tell me please, where could I download this Add-In?

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Hi Anastasiia,

Thank you for your interest in our software.

You can download the most current version of Link Checker for Word using this direct link.

I should also mention that the add-in is being redesigned now. So if you encounter any difficulties with the current version of the add-in or have any suggestions how to improve it, please write to us at support@ablebits.com.

We will greatly appreciate any feedback you may have. Thank you.

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Hello,
I am using the trial version of Link Checker for Word. How can I get a licensed version? Not seeing it under the buy now options.
Thanks.

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Hello Lars,

Thank you for your comment. We don't sell the add-in at the moment, yet, I've sent you a free license key by email. Thank you.

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Hello,
I would use your addon for academic purposes. Can you send me a license?
Thank you.

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Hello Vladimir,

I've sent you a license key via email, feel free to continue using our add-in. In case you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback, please email us at support@ablebits.com. Thank you!

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I want to publicly thank you here for the extremely quick response and donated license.
Truly an extremely useful and fine piece of software. Bravo!

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Vladimir,

Thank you for your feedback, we're glad to help 🙂

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I would like to request a free license key for this product.

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Hello Jacklyn,

Thank you for contacting us. I have just emailed you with the license details requested.

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