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How to Create a Link Within a Word Document

Updated April 17, 2017

A hyperlink is a clickable section of text or an object such as an image. When someone clicks the hyperlinked item it automatically takes them to the location to which the object is linked. In Microsoft Word, you can create hyperlinks to other files, e-mail addresses, web pages or even another location within the same Word document. To link to a location within the same document, you must either bookmark the location you want to link or use a heading style to define the link location.

Click inside the document or select the text where you want the link to direct users when they click it.

Go to the "Insert" menu in Word 2003 and select "Bookmark." Go to the "Insert" tab in Word 2007 and click "Bookmark" in the "Links" group.

Enter a name for the bookmark into the "Name" box of the "Bookmark" dialogue box. Omit any spaces in the name, as a bookmark cannot include these.

Click the "Add" button to add the bookmark to the selected text or area of the document.

Select the text to which you want the hyperlink to go when clicked.

Go to the "Format" menu in Word 2003 and select "Styles and Formatting." Select a "Heading" style and click "OK." Go to the "Home" tab in Word 2007 and click on a "Heading" style in the "Styles" group.

Save the changes to your document.

Select the text to which you want to add a hyperlink. Click the left mouse button. Hold it down and drag the mouse over the text. Click on an image or other object to select it if you want to add the link to an object instead of text.

Go to the "Insert" menu in Word 2003 and click "Hyperlink." Go to the "Insert" tab in Word 2007 and click "Hyperlink" in the "Links" group. Use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl+K" as an alternate way to open the "Insert Hyperlink" dialogue box in any version of Word.

Click "Place in This Document" under "Link To" in the left pane of the "Insert Hyperlink" dialogue box.

Select the bookmark or heading to which you want to link your selected text or object under "Select a Place in This Document."

Click "OK" to create the link. Save the changes to your document.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007
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Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for OfficeUsers.org. She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.