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In computing, a hyperlink (or link) is a reference to data that the reader can directly follow, or that is followed automatically. a hyperlink points to a whole document or to a specific element within a document. hypertext is text with hyperlinks. a software system for viewing and creating hypertext is a hypertext system, and to create a hyperlink is to hyperlink (or simply to link). a user following hyperlinks is said to navigate or browse the hypertext.