How do I create clickable links

Part 2 - Create a link to click (Hyperink)

Since I do not attach importance to the optics and prefer to put a few important links on your own web browser start page, we move the further graphic design to the back.
Hence the most important point first:

How are the web links created for clicking?

In OpenOffice and the other word processing programs it is possible to set hyperlinks. This is a shortcut as it is known from the desktop. The only difference is that images are linked there and, in our case, mostly texts are preferred.
In order to create a clickable web link, we need two things: a link text that we can click on and the web address that should be opened in the browser.
There are several ways to create a hyperlink:

  1. Copy the web address and paste it into OpenOffice. Press the Enter key, the web link is ready.
    Problem 1: The complete web address can be read as the web link text.
    If the web link is to represent the Internet address, e.g. only instead of, we simply delete the characters that are too many.
    Problem 2: If the text is to be read as something completely different from what can be seen in the URL, you must click into the text with the mouse and enter the desired information. The rest of the left and right will be deleted. In this case it is probably better if one of the other methods is used
  2. Write the text for the web link and mark it completely with the mouse. Then the hyperlink symbol click.
    Now the hyperlink window appears (picture on the right)
    The address must be entered for the jump destination. At the bottom under Text we see the text that we wrote before and now marked.
    With Apply we save the whole thing and exit the menu with Close.
  3. First the cursor is placed at the position where the clickable web link should appear. The hyperlink symbol is clicked with the mouse and the Window menu opens. First the jump target is inserted, as before. Since no text is available yet, it must be entered below under Text. Apply to save and finally click close, done.

Now we can test the link or links in the web browser.

Test and change the hyperlinks

In order to test the function, behavior and appearance of the hyperlink, we call up our start page in the browser. To do this, we can select our page on our PC via the web browser menu (preferably use the key combination Ctrl + O) and call it up, or go to File -> Preview in the web browser in OpenOffice.

Let's assume that we are not satisfied with the result


  1. font size is too big or too small. Hardly think that there should be problems, everyone should be able to use the options in the menu bar at the top
  2. Wrong colour. Is solved as in the first point via the menu bar (mark text and click on the A)
  3. Link opens in the same window, but should open in a new tab or window. The HTML attribute _blank is used for this. This function opens a link in a new window. But since most browsers are set in such a way that a new tab opens instead of a window, a new tab is opened with it. In order to have a link open in the new tab, the hyperlink must be changed or set when creating it. To change it must be clicked in the link text (do not mark it completely, as is necessary with some different options for creating a homepage. Unfortunately, OpenOffice causes some problems here and the text field below has been deleted, so that the text must be re-entered if the web address should not be visible later). Therefore just click into the text link and call up the hyperlink menu. The Frame field is located above the text field; the _blank attribute can be selected here. Don't forget to click Apply. But the whole thing is not necessary. Just doing unnecessary work. Have been using the Ctrl key yourself for a long time when clicking on a link so that it opens in the background tab. A click on the mouse wheel to scroll also brings the same result.
  4. Image instead of text link to click. The desired image is best copied into the start page folder first. Even better, a separate folder is created for images. This means that the picture cannot be lost if it is deleted on the PC or is no longer displayed because the picture has been moved.
    Click on the place where the picture should appear with the mouse. Go to Insert -> Image -> From File in the menu. Select and confirm the picture. Now click on the picture and click on the hyperlink symbol. Enter the web address for the jump destination, accept and that's it. Clicking on the picture leads you to the website.

Continue with part 3: Designing the start page graphically