Hyperlinks are great when you need to redirect attention to important sections in your document. This is like a jump-to button that can be used to move to other parts of the document without repeating yourself. Wondering how to make Word Online table of contents hyperlink? read on to find out.
To have a clickable table of contents you will need to hyperlink all the headings. Start by selecting the headings in the document and bookmarking them or formatting them as headings. You can then go to the table of contents and link them.
The best thing about hyperlinks is that you can add them to text or graphics. In most cases, they are used to redirect users to sections of the document that explain certain concepts. This section looks at how to add hyperlinks to your table of contents.
To have hyperlinks that are accessible from the table of content you will need to have topics or subtopics that are clearly marked out.
- Locate and open the Word online document you would like to work with.
- Start by making a list of all the topics, sub-topics, or headings in your document. This will also serve as your table of contents.
- Now go back to the document and select the first heading or topic.
- After the heading is selected click on Insert in the top ribbon of the document.
- From the options select Links. You will then have a dropdown menu.
- Select Bookmark. You will have a window on the screen titled bookmark.
- You can specify the name of the bookmark here. It is advisable to use the topic or heading as your bookmark name. This way it is easier to link it to the table of contents.
- After specifying details click on Add.
You can do this with all the headings. Here is how to link them to your table of contents.
- Select the first heading in the table.
- Click on Insert in the top ribbon of the document
- Go to the section titled Links and from the dropdown select Link
- Go to the This document section
- Select bookmarks and click on OK
- You will now have a list of the bookmarks. Click on the one you use as a hyperlink.
How to create a clickable table of contents in Microsoft Word?
The section above looks at how to add hyperlinks to the table of contents by using bookmarks. In this section, we will look at another way by which you can have a clickable table of contents.
- Select the heading that you would like to link the table of content to
- Click on Home in the top ribbon of the document
- Select the Heading type by scrolling through the options
- Now click on it to select and it will apply to the selected text.
After you have added headings to the document you can go to the table of contents and add hyperlinks. Here is how.
- Go to the first heading in the table of contents and select it
- Click on the Insert tab in the top ribbon of the document.
- Under the section titled Links Select Link
- You will have a popup window.
- Go to the section titled This Document
- From the options available click on Heading
- You can now choose the heading you would like to link it to.
Do this with all the topics listed in the table of contents.
Are you wondering how do I fix the hyperlinks in Word Table of Contents? This section will take you through the reason why the hyperlinks don’t work and how to fix it.
This is a common problem when a word document is converted to a PDF. This can be because you have not enabled hyperlinks. To fix this problem follow these steps.
- Open the Documents and Click on the Reference tab
- Now click on Contents and under this select Custom Table of contents.
- You will have a popup menu
- Make sure that the box next to Use hyperlinks instead of page numbers is checked. Click on OK.
This is a default function but if you have turned it off in the past you will need to manually check it.
Another reason why the hyperlink doesn’t work is that, it doesn’t exist. To check if the hyperlink is applied do this
- Go to the table of contents and right-click on the hyperlink that’s not working.
- From the options click on the Context menu.
- You will now see all the hyperlinks added. if the one you are looking for doesn’t exist simply add it.
To add a hyperlinked from the context menu follow these steps
- Select the text you need to add the hyperlink to
- Right-click and choose link or hyperlink from the menu.
- You will see the insert hyperlink dialogue box.
- Select Place in Document
- Now choose the heading you would like to use
- Click on Ok.
How to edit a clickable table of contents in Word?
Here are the steps you can follow if you want to edit a hyperlink added to the table of contents of your word document.
- Scroll down to the table of contents
- Right-click on the hyperlink that needs to be edited
- You will have the context menu
- Select Edit Hyperlink or Edit link.
- You will then have the editing dialogue box
- Select the option that fits best
- Click on OK
if you need to change the hyperlink altogether you might also need to edit the bookmark. To do this simply go to the heading in the document and remove or edit the bookmark. You can then go back to the table of contents and reapply the hyperlink.
This article looked at how to make Word Online table of contents hyperlink. It took you through the different ways in which a hyperlink can be added to the table of contents of a document. Lastly, it aimed at finding a solution to problems one might face while adding a hyperlink.
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