In HTML it is pretty easy to insert an anchor (or a bookmark) into a document and reference it from the same document. Can I do the same in MS Word doc?

PS. Without importing HTML content into it.

  • Do you mean you want to use references and add hyperlinks to the references? – JMax Jan 16 '12 at 10:54

You didn't mention what version of Word you are using, but if you have 2007 or later, you'll want to look at Bookmarks which can be used to identify a location or a selection of text that you name and identify for future reference.

You can use bookmarks along with cross-references for the functionality you are looking for.

  • Very nice, it worked! One thing I need to learn though -- When I insert a link to existing bookmark by doing the "Cross-reference" is there any way to automatically mark it with a different color like it's done in most HTML? – ahmd1 Jan 17 '12 at 3:07
  • Not as easily as one would hope. Assuming you checked the box "Insert as Hyperlink", the cross-reference will automatically get associated with the "Hyperlink" style. Unfortunately the attributes of that style (blue, underlined font) are suppressed for cross-references! Take a look at this website for some clues. – kmote Jan 17 '12 at 5:47
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    Thanks again. Man, how is that MS Word still around? I haven't seen a bigger piece of sh*t in my life. I'll never use it again... – ahmd1 Jan 18 '12 at 5:29
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    I disagree. It is a powerful tool, once you get the hang of it. But I do admit that it is quirky, and the learning curve for styles and formatting is particularly challenging. – kmote Jan 19 '12 at 15:33

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