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How to create a table of contents link to pages in Word document?

In Word, most of time, you may type a large of contents into the document. And for reading pages better, you may split them into several parts, such as list of figures, list of tables, abstract and so on. But have you ever tried to create a table of contents’ links to pages as below screenshot shown, so that you can quickly go to the specific part while clicking at the link? In this tutorial, I introduce the method on list a table of clickable contents in Word document.
doc table of content link to page 1

Create a table of contents link to relative pages in Word

Create a table of contents link to relative pages in Word

1. Firstly, use Styles under Home tab consistently throughout your document to create your own structure in your document.
doc table of content link to page 2

In this article, my structure looks like this:

  • List of Figures (Heading 6)
  • List of Tables (Heading 6)
  • Acknowledgements (Heading 6)
  • Abstract (Heading 6)
  • 1. Introduction (Heading 1)
  • 1.1 Introduction sub-section (Heading 2)
  • 1.2 Introduction sub-section (Heading 2)
  • 1.3 Introduction sub-section (Heading 2)
  • 1.3.1 Sub-section (Heading 3)
  • 2. Hypotheses and Goals (Heading 1)

2. Now place the cursor at the position you want to insert the table of linkable contents, click References > Table of Contents > Custom Table of Contents.
doc table of content link to page 3

3. In the Table of Contents dialog, keep Show page numbers, Right align page numbers and Use hyperlinks instead of page numbers options checked, click Options.
doc table of content link to page 4

4. In the Table of Contents Options dialog, give the level to the relative heading you use, in my case, I give the Heading 1 and Heading 6 the level 1.
doc table of content link to page 5

5. Click OK > OK. Now the list of contents link to page have been created. You can press Ctrl key to display the clicking hand doc table of content link to page 6 , then click at the content to jump to the relative page.

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    Tom · 7 months ago
    Excellent!  Thank you so much for this, extremely helpful and easy to follow!