I would like web links generated by the \href command to be colored in my Beamer presentation. Passing the colorlinks option to hyperref leads to navigation links within the PDF receiving (default, ugly) colors. OTOH, without passing that option hyperref doesn't apply any color to links at all.

\hypersetup{urlcolor=links} % Does not apply color to href's
\hypersetup{colorlinks,urlcolor=links} % href's are correct, but navigation links are magenta

Is there a way to tell hyperref to apply a color only to links generated by \href (or \url), and leave navigation links alone? (I know that I could define a command \myhref to do the color-changing manually; I am looking for a solution that uses the built-in facilities of hyperref/beamer.)

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    Please add a minimal example that illustrates your problem. For example, your other possibly other hyperref options and specifically (x)color options are not clear here. So it's hard to work out.
    – Stefan Kottwitz
    Commented Mar 14, 2011 at 18:49

2 Answers 2


You could add \hypersetup{linkcolor=} in order to remove the coloring of internal links used for navigation purposes:

  \href{http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/13423/how-to-color-href-links-in-beamer}{Your question}

works fine for me as you can see in the headline - the navigation link is colored in the default gray tone, while the links are colored in the desired blue.

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    Perfect -- the blank specification of linkcolor was exactly the kind of trick I was looking for.
    – Aaron
    Commented Mar 23, 2011 at 18:52
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    It did not work for me. I had to input linkcolor=white.
    – Wok
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 10:38
  • I finally chose linkcolor=gray because of this: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/21696
    – Wok
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 12:04
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    Dude... thank you so much. This was driving me crazy. Works like a charm.
    – Luke Davis
    Commented Feb 20, 2018 at 23:46

If you're looking for something simpler, here's another alternative.


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