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How can I generate a table of contents which has links to the paragraphs?

I know how to create a auto-generated table of contents:

  1. Apply the Heading 1 style to that paragraph.
    • On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the Heading 1 thumbnail.
  2. Generate table of contents.
    • Choose References > Table of Contents and select one of the stiles

The actual problem is creating one with links to the paragraphs. I remember that in earlier versions of word this was easy to achieve. I would like to avoid manually creating the links in label and ref style. I have searched for answers but I found them hard to understand and follow. Some easy clear steps would be much appreciated.

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    Can you explain what you mean by links to the paragraphs, or post links to some of the answers you found hard to follow? – Nattgew Jul 3 '14 at 21:42
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By default (say, using "Automatic Table 1") they are created with hyperlinks. If you hit "Insert Table Of contents..." (instead of just picking a premade style) it will show you a Web Preview:

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The trick is, you just can't see them while in the "Print Layout" view, because you usually wouldn't want to print a hyperlink. :)

Switch to another layout like "Reading" or "Web Layout" to make them more accessible and/or visible:

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Having said all that, you can use them in the Print Layout, by pressing Ctrl while clicking them; they just aren't visibly displayed.

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  • Thank you! The thing that got me confused is that when I pick a premade stile it does not say Ctrl+Click to follow link when keeping the mouse over. – Alexandru Cimpanu Jul 4 '14 at 4:55

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