Enable or Disable Hyperlink Warnings for Office programs

Microsoft has loaded Office with a lot of features. For example, previously for editing a PDF, we need to rely on other tools. But with Office 2013/2016, you can edit PDFs very easily. There are a lot of examples of such kind. As a concern of security, Office components have always warned you about the links which are harmful. So if you embed such links in any of the component, you will receive a warning pop up.

The blacklisted sites, as per Bing and Google, are generally considered as harmful links as far as Office components are concerned. But sometimes, you may get false positives and Office may display a harmful link warning. If you would like to disable the hyperlink warnings alert feature, this article will show you how to do it.

Disable Hyperlink Warnings in Office programs

Manual Method

1. Open any Office program, click FILE.


2. Now from the left pane, click Options.


3. Moving on, now in the following window, firstly select Trust Center and then click Trust Center Settings.

Disable Hyperlink Warnings

4. Finally, in the Trust Center window, uncheck the option Check Microsoft Office documents that are from or link to suspicious Web sites to Disable suspicious hyperlink warnings. Click OK.

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In this way, you will have successfully disabled alerts for harmful site links. Now lets see another way to do this.

Using Registry Editor

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put Regedt32.exe in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

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2. Navigate to the following location:



Disable Hyperlink Warnings

If it does not exist, create it.

3. Now in the right pane of this location, create a new DWORD using Right click -> New -> DWORD Value. Name this newly created DWORD as DisableHyperlinkWarning. Double click the same DWORD to modify:


4. In the above shown box, input the Value data as 1 to disable suspicious hyperlink warnings or 0 to enable them (default setting). Click OK. You may close the Registry Editor and reboot to get results.

That’s it!

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