How to Create a Link to Another Part of a Document in Word

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While the idea of a Microsoft Word document may be something a person opens and reads from start to finish, Word offers ways to make the document come more alive. Readers can plot their own course by reading the document on a computer and taking advantage of links, or jumps, to other parts of the material to gather more information. They're not actually leaving the document, just skipping around. Create these links with just a few clicks in Word.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word. Click the "File" tab at the top of the screen. Select "Open." Browse to the document to use for linking and double-click the file name. The document opens in a new Word window.

Step 2

Scroll to the section of the document where the reader should end up — the destination for the clickable link.

Step 3

Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen. Click the "Bookmark" button in the middle of the toolbar/ribbon. Type the name of the bookmark; this is only for your reference in a later step; it does not appear in the document. Click the "Add" button. No changes appear on the document.

Step 4

Scroll to the section of the document to be the clickable link or jump — the place the reader clicks to be taken to the destination.

Step 5

Highlight a word or line of the text and right-click the highlight. Select "Hyperlink."

Step 6

Click the "Bookmark" button on the right side of the window. Double-click the new bookmark under the "Bookmarks" section. Click the "OK" button. The highlighted section or word turns blue with an underline, symbolizing a link.

Step 7

Hover the cursor over the link to view a small pop-up window with the name of the link.