How to Link to Items in the Same Word Document

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Hyperlinks and bookmarks are usually associated with the Internet and Web pages, but Microsoft Word makes it possible to do this kind of jumping and linking directly within a Word document. Through its own bookmarking process, Word allows linking to items in the same Word document, which may be useful for a clickable table of contents, indexes and other purposes. Insert links and bookmarks to a Word document, no Internet connection required.

  • Open Word. Click the "File" tab. Click "Open." Locate the document to add linking to and double-click its file name.

  • Scroll to the section of the document to serve as the destination, the place readers will be taken to when they click the link.

  • Click the "Insert" tab. Click the "Bookmark" button on the middle of the ribbon below the tab.

  • Type a name for the bookmark in the "Bookmark name" field; this is just to jog your memory and won't show up on the page. Click the "Add" button. No changes to the Word document are visible at this time.

  • Scroll to the section of the document to serve as the anchor, the place the reader will click to jump to the linked area.

  • Highlight the text to appear linked. Right-click the highlight and select "Hyperlink." When the "Insert Hyperlink" window opens, click the "Bookmark" button. Click the name of the bookmark you just added.

  • Click "OK," then click "OK" again to close the window and return to the text, which is now underlined and in blue symbolizing a link. Hover the cursor over the linked area for a pop-up window showing the name and destination of the link.

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