hyperlinks in table of contents

Posted on 2008-11-16
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Last Modified: 2013-11-05
using word 2003 how do you generate a table of contents so that each entry in toc is a hyperlink to the relevant section header or sub header. by default the page nos are hyperlinks and not the headings
Question by:andieje
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Expert Comment

ID: 22970453
Goto Insert -> Reference -> Index and Tables. A dialog will come up for helping to create the TOC.
Also notice that by default, you should have used H1, H2 and H3 styles in your document for the links to come up by default.


Expert Comment

ID: 22970470
You need to select (highlight) the area where you want the link to go. Then select "insert" from the top menu. Select bookmark, you will than have to give the bookmark a name and click ok. Then in the table at the top, highlight the link to the relevant area, go to insert and select hyperlink. On the window that opens, look on the left hand side and you will see an icon for a place in this document. Click on that and your bookmark listed. Just highlight the required bookmark and select ok. You will need to make a bokmark for each link.

Author Comment

ID: 22972111
i was actually incorrect in my question. i am using word 2003 and neither the section headings or the page numbers are hyperlinks when you make the table of contects. surely you can set up the TOC so that the section headings are hyperlinks automatically rather than have to edit each one it turn as described in the answer given (very kindly) by whega?
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Author Comment

ID: 22972119
i should alos point out that i have the 'user hyperlinks instead of page numbers' check box ticked and it still generates the toc with page numbers and without hyperlinks


Author Comment

ID: 22972132
i should also point out that i right clicked the toc and did toggle field codes. this was displayed

{ TOC \o 1-33 \u }.

i changed it to this

{ TOC \o 1-33 \h }.

and still no hyperlinks


Accepted Solution

whega earned 2000 total points
ID: 22988692
Right, I think what you might want to do here is use style and formatting a bit. You can format certain area's of your documents with headers. Then you can use Insert>Reference> Index and Tables to create links to the headers.

On the Format menu, select Styles and Formatting. On the left of Word you should then see Styles and Formatting window. Right Click Header 1 and select Mofify. Change the setting so they look and feel as you like. Click OK. Next, what you need to do is highlight area that you would like to link to from the TOC, Then click on Header 1 in the Style and Format window. Do this for every entry you want on the TOC.

You can then go to Insert>Reference> Index and Tables. Click on the TOC tab set you options and click ok and you should be done

I have attached an example file and there is a screenshot there of my settings incase it helps.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31517234
many thanks

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