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How to Create an Link in Microsoft Word

by David H. Rodriguez

You can use links in Word documents to give your work a more professional look and feel. It is also great for citing sources and giving your readers more information without changing your document’s length.

You can use both External and Internal Links in Microsoft Word. Internal links are links from page to page in a document or website. External are links that go from your material to a website. Internal are great for creating quick and easy navigation for your readers. It only takes a few steps to create each type.

Step 1:

Select the words you want to link. If you are creating an internal one, you will need to create a bookmark for the destination text.

Step 2:

Right-click on your selection to open the menu.

Step 3:

Select the Hyperlink option. It usually looks a piece of chain, or it says Hyperlink. This will open the menu.

Step 4:

Here is where you choose which type you want. If you want an internal one (page to page ), click on the “Place in This Document” option under the Link To section. This will open a menu for each bookmark in your document. Select your bookmark and click okay.

If you need one to a webpage or external document, cut and paste or type the address to the webpage that you want in the Address Bar section on the bottom of the menu.

Step 5:

Save your document and check it your links by holding down control and clicking on it. If you do not check them, you run the risk of confusing or frustrating your readers. 

Creating links in Microsoft word is not at all difficult. If you read the hyperlink menu, you will notice that you can make one to a new document, create one to a header or link your document to a variety of resources. 

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