Microsoft Word/table of contents


I have a very large 230 page + document. Is it possible to, in the table of contents, insert a link on the page number of the section you want to go to, click it and it goes directly to that section?

By default, in all versions of Words, the page numbers in a TOC are hyperlinked to the relevant page. In Word 2000 and above, the entries themselves are also hyperlinked by default. In both cases, unless you have changed Word's settings, you must Ctrl+click to follow a hyperlink, and you should get a popup indicating that when you mouse over a TOC entry.

A limitation of the TOC for this purpose is that returning to the TOC is not always easy. In some versions of Word you can add a "Go to TOC" button to a toolbar or the QAT. In all versions Alt+Left Arrow will take you back where you started when you click on a hyperlink. But for navigating in a document, you may find that the Document Map or, in Word 2010 and above, the Navigation Pane, is more useful since you can keep it displayed next to the document at all times and easily click on a heading to go directly to it.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library

B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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