I want to format the default style for text links—currently the color is blue & are underlined.

Is this possible? And if yes, how can I do it?

3 Answers 3


I just published a free add-on for precisely this task. It's called Link Style, and is available here.

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  • Thank you! Any chance to get it for other producs like slides or sheets? Nov 13, 2019 at 12:48
  • thanks, very helpful. To clarify for future readers, it doesn't (currently) work with live updating but needs applying to the whole doc periodically/at the end Jan 16, 2020 at 11:56
  • Is this addon safe to use? Clicking on the website forwards the user to a Glassdoor ad. Is there a way to view the source code before installing?
    – jrefior
    Sep 22 at 15:23

It does not appear to be possible to update the default style for links in your Google doc. This is because Google docs does not treat links as styles. This is understandable, as a link might be applied within text formatted with any other style (e.g., Heading 1, normal text, etc.)

If you try highlighting a link and checking the context menu, note that the option is given to Update 'Normal Text' to match. This indicates that the style of the text is designated exclusively as 'Normal Text' (i.e., does not have a link style).

style menu

Workaround to remove link underlines

I really wanted to be able to change the default for links in the body text to prevent them being underlined. I realise that underlining links is a usability plus online, but aesthetically I felt that it often ruined the flow of a body of text within a document. My workaround is as follows.

If you do not use underlines anywhere else*

  • After writing your document, select all text
  • underline
  • remove underline

This will remove underlines from all text in the document, including links.

If you want to retain underlines elsewhere (e.g., headings, tables)

  • Select a paragraph of Normal Text
  • Underline
  • Right click (ctrl-click on Mac) the selected text
  • Update 'Normal Text' to match
  • Remove underline
  • Update 'Normal Text' to match

This will remove underlines from all Normal Text, including links. You could alternatively use this to change the colour of links to the same as the body text, but you would have to leave the underlines in place, otherwise there would be no clue that the links were there.


I came across the same problem. All you need to do is alter the colour of the text the same way you would normal text.

Google doesn't seem to mind if it's a link or not.

  • @pnuts Yeah, you got what I mean ^^ i.e. the default style
    – Nam G VU
    Nov 28, 2014 at 3:56

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