How to link paragraphs or sections in Google Docs


The ability to jump from one section or page to another using hyperlinks is one of the many reasons people love digital documents. Of course, in a short document with a handful of pages, it’s easy to quickly switch back and forth to find the sections you’re looking for. However, the same cannot be said for longer documents (contracts, reports, thesis, etc.) containing hundreds of pages. Without internal links, you will be forced to scroll or search for words to find sections or paragraphs.



How to link paragraphs or sections in Google Docs

You can add internal links to a document in Google Docs and give the reader access to specifically related sections. It helps if you are creating a brochure in Google Docs or creating a custom template.

We’ll cover ways to link specific paragraphs, lines, and create a table of contents in Google Docs.

How to link sections in Google Docs

In Google Docs, you can directly link particular section / chapter headings in a document using the link option. Here’s how.

Step 1: Go to the section or chapter of the document you want to link.

2nd step: Now style the title of this section as a title using the Style menu. To do this, move the cursor over the title. Expand the Style menu from the top and choose one of the available title styles.

To apply Header 1 for example, go to Header 1 and select the Apply ‘Header 1’ option. If you want to apply the title without changing the text format, choose the “Update Title 1 to Match” option.

Alternatively, you can also use Ctrl + Alt + (header number) to quickly style the headers.



Apply titles in Google Docs

Step 3: Once the titles are created, locate and highlight the text to create a hypertext. Use the Ctrl + K shortcut to open the link dialog box and choose the appropriate header name from the list.



Link Headers in Google Docs

This way, you can easily create “Back to Top” or “Go to Conclusion” links in a document. To remove the hyperlink, tap on the blue underlined text and select the “Remove link” option.

How to link a paragraph in Google Docs

It is easy to link a chapter or section of a document using the Title option. If you want to link a paragraph, line, or word, you can use the bookmark option in Google Docs. Here is how you can use it.

Step 1: Open the document in Google Docs. Move the cursor over the paragraph or line you want to link.

2nd step: Now select from the Insert menu at the top and choose the Bookmark option from the list. A bookmark will appear where the cursor was placed.



Insert bookmark

Step 3: Now head to the text you want to link to this bookmark.

Step 4: Highlight the text and use the Ctrl + K shortcut to open the links menu. There, expand the “Headers and Bookmark” option to select the bookmark created in step 2.



Headers and Bookmarks in Google Docs

The linked text will appear as blue underlined text and you can navigate to that particular bookmark by clicking on the linked text. To delete the created bookmark, just tap the bookmark icon next to the text and choose Delete.

How to create a table of contents in Google Docs

Google Docs has a built-in function to automatically create a table of contents.

Step 1: Style each chapter title that you want to include in the table as titles.

2nd step: Now move your cursor to where you want to add the table. After that, click on the Insert menu at the top and navigate to “Table of Contents” to choose between a table with numbers or with links.



Inserting the table of contents in Google Docs

To apply the changes, right-click anywhere on the table and select the update or delete option from the list.

Bonus: Link a web page in Google Docs

Similar to linking a header or bookmark, you can also add external links to web pages in Google Docs using the link option.

Step 1: Go to the web page you want to link and copy the corresponding URL from the address bar.



Linking external web pages in Google Docs

2nd step: Open the Google Docs document and highlight the desired text to add a link. Right click on the highlighted text and select the Link option from the list. Paste the copied URL into the link box and press Enter.



Add a link to external web pages in Google Docs

That’s it. You can move the cursor over the blue underlined text to quickly open the linked page.

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Last updated on June 11, 2021


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