Google Docs is equipped with multiple ways of jumping to specific parts of a page, whether it’s a particular paragraph or heading. Not only are there several methods, but each one is incredibly easy to implement. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse.
If you were wondering how to link to a specific part of a page in Google Docs, here’s what you can do.
Assign Links to Headings
Chances are your document is going to be broken up into several sections, each new section being separated by a heading. Think of each heading as a chapter. It just so happens that every new heading you create in Google Docs can be linked to.
This is how it works:
1. Highlight a portion of your text you want to apply a heading to. At the top, click Normal Text. This will reveal a drop down menu. Pick one of the Heading options.
2. Now, you can highlight a portion of text and insert it as a link. Either choose Insert > Link or press CTRL + K.
3. In the Link box, you’ll notice that a new option is available: Headings. Click on it. From here you’ll see a breakdown of every heading you can link to. Choose one.
4. Click Apply. If you click on the link, it will transport you to that exact heading within the document.
Use Bookmarks to Link Specific Parts
Linking someone to a specific section in Google Docs is great and all, but what if you want to get even more specific? Say, a particular paragraph? Well, you can do that too using bookmarks. No, not the kind that you save in your browser.
Placing a bookmark in the document itself can provide everyone who views it quick access to a specific sentence or paragraph. It’s an excellent tool if you’re providing a reference or need to include context. This too can be done with the ribbon at the top.
1. Your first move is to place the text cursor at the location you want to link.
2. Next, click Insert at the top of Google Docs.
3. In the following drop down menu, go to the very bottom and click Bookmark. This will place a blue ribbon where the text cursor was, followed by a box that says ‘Link’ and ‘Remove.’
4. Right-click on Link and choose Copy link address from the drop down menu.
Take Advantage of Document Outline
Google Docs has the ability to create a document online, an index that you can use to quickly maneuver around sections of your work without linking anything. And Google Docs is pretty smart about it. While generally it labels each heading you insert as a new entry in the index, it’s smart enough to even add an entry into the index if something looks like a heading. For example, if you underline and bold something, it would treat it as a new entry.
Here’s how it works:
1. Go to the top of your document. See all the menu options? Click View.
2. In the following drop down menu, click Show document outline.
Note: Alternatively, you can press CTRL + ALT + A or CTRL + ALT + H, but it doesn’t seem very responsive.
3. Click on one of the outlines on the right-hand side and Google Docs will teleport you to that specific location.
Now, this is something that’s disabled by default. If you hand off a document for someone to look at, let them know they can get around easier if they enable document outlining.