How to: Display URLs as Links in the Editor

You can choose to have the Code Editor treat Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) in your code as active links. When you use this feature, URLs:

  • Appear underlined.

  • Display a ToolTip when you hover over them.

  • Attempt to open the Web site indicated when you CTRL + left-click on the link. By default, the Web site is displayed in the internal Web browser.


The dialog boxes and menu commands you see might differ from those described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Visual Studio Settings.


  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.

  2. Click Text Editor.

  3. To change the option for only one language, expand the folder for that language and choose General.


    To change the option for all languages, expand the All Languages folder and choose General.

  4. Under Display, select Enable single-click URL navigation.

See Also


Customizing the Editor

Other Resources

Setting Editor Options

Editing Text, Code, and Markup