How to Create and Use Bookmarks in Microsoft Word

To quickly jump to another spot in your document or mark important locations, here’s how to add and use bookmarks in Word.

Like in Google Docs, bookmarks in Microsoft Word are convenient ways to mark places in your document. You can link to a bookmark from another spot, letting you quickly jump to it when you need to. This is handy for both you and your reader.

Here, we’ll show you how to create, find, link to, and delete bookmarks in Word.

How to Create a Bookmark in Word

Adding a bookmark in Word takes nothing more than a few clicks. And you can bookmark text, an image, or a specific spot.

  1. Start by selecting an item or placing your cursor where you want the bookmark.
  2. Open the Insert tab and click Bookmark in the Links section of the ribbon.Insert a Bookmark in Word
  3. In the pop-up window, enter a Bookmark name. You can use letters and numbers, but the name must begin with a letter, and you cannot use spaces. You can, however, use an underscore to separate words if you like.
  4. Click Add.

Add a Bookmark in Word

Now you have a bookmark attached to your item or document location. And you can continue to add more bookmarks the same way.

How to Find a Bookmark

We’ll show you how to link to a bookmark in your document, but first, it’s important to know how to find them without links.

  1. Head to the Home tab and click the arrow next to the Find button on the right side of the ribbon in the Editing section.
  2. Choose Go To.Home, Find, Go To
  3. For “Go to what,” pick Bookmark.
  4. For “Enter bookmark name,” type in the name or select a bookmark from the drop-down list.
  5. Click Go To.
  6. When you finish with the Go To box, hit Close.

Go to a Bookmark

This will take you directly to the bookmark you entered or selected.

How to Link to a Bookmark

The great thing about bookmarks is that you can link to them in other places in your document. This works like a table of contents in Word, where you click the section you want to visit.

  1. Select the text, picture, or another item in your document to place the link to the bookmark.
  2. Right-click the selected item and choose Link or go to the Insert tab and click Link in the Links section of the ribbon.
  3. In the pop-up window, select Place in This Document on the left.
  4. On the right, you’ll see a section labeled Bookmarks with those you’ve created listed. Pick the bookmark you want to link to.
  5. Click OK.

Link to a Bookmark in Word

You’ll see the item you selected linked with blue underlined text. To visit the bookmark, hold your Control key and click the link.

Control click to follow the bookmark link

Delete a Bookmark in Word

If you create a bookmark that you want to remove later, this is a simple task. Go to the Insert tab and click Bookmark. You’ll see a list of your bookmarks in the box. Select the one you want to remove and click Delete.

Click to Delete a Bookmark in Word

You will not be asked to confirm once you hit Delete, so be sure you want to remove the bookmark.

Remove a Bookmark Link

If you linked text to a bookmark as we described earlier and then deleted the bookmark, you’d need to remove the link from the text manually. This will not happen automatically when you delete the bookmark.

Go to the linked text, right-click, and choose Remove Hyperlink.

Right click and pick Remove Hyperlink

If you choose not to remove the link from the text or forget, holding Control and clicking the link will do nothing.

Bookmark Important Spots in Word

Using bookmarks in Word is a terrific way to jump to specific locations in your document. And if you’d like to link to another file, an email address, or a heading in your document instead, check out our how-to for that as well!

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  1. Mikkelhaas

    Just like in Google Docs – except in Google Docs it’s a lot easier!

  2. Ynnah

    Thank you!

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