The ability to jump between sections or pages using hyperlinks is one of the many reasons people love digital documents. Of course, it’s easy to quickly go back and forth to find the sections you’re looking for in a short document of several pages. However, the same cannot be said for longer documents (contracts, reports, dissertations, etc.) consisting of hundreds of pages. Without internal links, you will have to scroll or search for words to find chapters or paragraphs.
In Google Docs, you can add internal links to a document and have the reader jump to specially linked sections. This is helpful if you are creating a brochure in Google Docs or creating a custom template.
We’ll cover ways to link paragraphs, specific lines, and create a table of contents in Google Docs.
How to Link Sections in Google Docs?
In Google Docs, you can directly hyperlink specific chapter/section headings in a document using the link option. Here’s how.
Stage 1: Navigate to the section or section of the document you want to link to.
Step 2: Now style the title of that section as a title using the Style menu. To do this, move the cursor to the title. Expand the Top Style menu and choose any of the available header styles.
For example, to apply Heading 1, go to Heading 1 and select ‘Apply Heading 1’. If you want to apply the title without changing the format of the text, select ‘Update Title 1 to Match’.
Alternatively, you can also use the Ctrl+Alt+(Title number) keys to quickly format titles.
Stage 3: Once the headings are created, locate and highlight the text to create a hyperlink. Use the shortcut Ctrl+K to open the link dialog and select the corresponding title name from the list.
This way, you can easily create ‘Back to Top’ or ‘Skip to Conclusion’ links within a document. To remove the hyperlink, tap the blue underlined text and select ‘Unlink’.
How to Link a Paragraph in Google Docs
It’s easy to link a part or section of a document using the Header option. If you want to link a paragraph, line or word, you can use the bookmark option in Google Docs. Here’s how you can use it.
Stage 1: Open the document in Google Docs. Move the cursor to the specific paragraph or line you want to link.
Step 2: Now select the Insert menu at the top and select the Bookmark option from the list. A bookmark symbol will appear where the cursor is placed.
Stage 3: Now navigate to the text you want to link to this bookmark.
Step 4: Highlight the text and use the shortcut Ctrl+K to open the link menu. There, expand the ‘Titles and bookmark’ option to select the bookmark created in Step 2.
The linked text will appear as blue underlined text and you will be able to jump to that particular bookmark by clicking the linked text. To remove the created bookmark, tap the bookmark icon next to the text and select Remove.
How to Create Table of Contents in Google Docs
Google Docs has a built-in function to automatically generate a Table of Contents.
Stage 1: Style each section title you want to include in the table as a title.
Step 2: Now place your cursor where you want to insert the table. After that, click the Insert menu at the top and go to ‘Contents’ to choose between a table with numbers or links.
To apply the changes, right-click anywhere in the table and select update or delete from the list.
Bonus: Link a Web Page in Google Docs
Similar to a link title or bookmark, you can also add external links to web pages in Google Docs using the link option.
Stage 1: Go to the web page you want to link to and copy its URL from the address bar.
Step 2: Open the Google Docs document and highlight the text you want to add a link to. Right-click on the highlighted text and select Link from the list. Paste the copied URL into the link box and press Enter.
This much. You can move the cursor to the underlined blue text to quickly open the linked page.
Navigation Friendly Documentation
Link paragraphs or sections is a useful feature to make your documents richer in Google Docs. This is for long documents, brochures, custom templates, etc. Useful for solving problems with scrolling and scrolling between sections while working on