Sometimes you want to link within a document so that when you click a link you leap to the relevant bit without having to scroll, this can easily be done in Google Docs using the Bookmark facility. On web pages it’s usually known as anchors.
The thing buried at the bottom of your document that you will bookmark is ‘the pointee’ and the link in your table of contents that points to it is ‘the pointer’. The pointer points to the pointee 🙂
Quick ‘tl;dr’ instructions
- Select your Pointee (the bit of area you want to point to), click Insert » Bookmark
- Select Pointer (text that will hyperlink to it), click Insert » Link and expand the Bookmarks section, to select your bookmark. Done!
- An example here: make a copy of this document to edit and try it yourself.
Detailed instructions with pictures
- Select the text of the Pointee. It could just be the first word in a heading or paragraph, or a full sentence.
- From the menu at the top click Insert » Bookmark, it will then have a little blue flag next to it.
- Select the text of the Pointer. That could be a word or phrase in a table of contents, or any word or phrase that you want to make clickable so that clicking it takes the reader to the pointe
- Click Insert » Link, then expand the Bookmarks sections (it’ll have just one bookmark in it for now) and select the one you’ve previously created. Click Apply.
- Go to your pointer, click on its new link, it will pop up a “where you’re going to be taken to” tiny window, click on the link again and off you go.
- Try it out yourself, make a copy of this document and edit it.