MS Office 2007 has been the workhorse for me and I still depend on it for my writing needs. And there are some extras that I wish I can take with me when the new version finally rolls out. One of these is a useful and free Word add-on called the Document Hyperlink Checker.
Whether it’s drafting a document or sending across a final copy in the DOC format, a regular piece is often not without hyperlinks and references to external sources. The Document Hyperlink Checker as its name suggests does one job alone – it runs through all the hyperlinks in the document and checks up on their correctness.
The free Word 2007 add-on can quickly find suspicious and broken internal links in Microsoft Word documents of any size. That’s important when a manual re-check is wearisome.
For a writer, a preoccupation with correct reference links is important. A broken link or a link which points to the wrong source dumbs down his work. This is where the simple functionality of the Document Hyperlink Checker becomes important in the review phase.
Download & Installation
The Word Hyperlink Checker add-in is designed for Microsoft Word 2000, 2002, 2003, and Microsoft Word 2007.
A Single Button Checkup For All Links
A press on the Hyperlink checker for Word brings up the interface of the program. The Show All button brings up the entire listing for the links in a document. The total number of links is indicated.
The Suspicious button filters all the hyperlinks which the program finds problematic (marked with a ?) for some reason. The reason is displayed in the status bar of the add-on.
You can also limit the hyperlink check using the three page range options given.
One useful help for checking the hyperlinks is the easy navigation between the URL listing in the list and the corresponding source in the document.
The Good & The Bad
The add-on is good in the way it catches all the links in a document. But it has a very narrow definition of what a suspicious link is. For instance, a hyperlinked website (written as) Amazon will show up in the suspicious list because the name is capitalized and the URL is not. Written as “˜amazon’, it will pass the test.
The add-on also does not give any means to checkup the link through a browser. For that you have to fall back on Word’s CTRL-CLICK shortcut. A way to correct a broken link in the add-on interface itself is definitely on the wish list.
I believe it’s the only tool that catches the links in a Word document. For this reason alone and minus its shortcomings, it could be helpful when you have a multipage document to deal with and need to run through the links.
Have you used the Document Hyperlink Checker? Do you think it helped you with your hyperlinks?