Hotlinks In Microsoft Word; Clickable Table of Contents

May 16, 2009 by lindac

When you’re creating a Word for an ebook or pdf, it’s helpful to be able to add links to other parts of the Word document. For example, hotlinking your table of contents makes it much easier for readers to click on the chapter they want to re-read instead of having to scroll through the entire pdf every time. Here’s how to do it.

1) Click your mouse in the position that you want to link TO. (ie; the destination) Then, in the top menu, click Insert –> Bookmark.


2) A window will open. Type in “chapter 1″ - or any other indicator. For example, if you’re linking to a quotation or image, type in a word to identify the bookmark. Click “Add”


3) Scroll to the place you want to make the link, such as the table of contents. Highlight the text or image that will form your link, and then click Insert –> Hyperlink


4) A window will pop open. Select the bookmark you want to link to and click okay.


Voila. It’s that easy to hotlink within Microsoft Word documents. Have fun!


  1. Debbie Foster said :
    May 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Linda,

    Do you know of a word to pdf converter that keeps the links intact? 123PDFConverter says it does this, but it doesn’t and their support desk is non responsive.


  2. lindac said :
    May 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Deb… does. There’s a paid and a free version. The free version should be all you need, it converts links.

  3. Cheri Merz said :
    May 19, 2009 at 3:20 am

    The one I ws using, cutepdfwriter, doesn’t either, so thanks for the question, and the recommendation!

  4. Debbie Foster said :
    May 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Linda, worked great. Thanks so much!


  5. lindac said :
    May 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    You’re welcome! :)

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