In a previous post on instantly creating a Table of Contents, I promised to tell you about an additional feature on Google Docs that would increase the ease of navigating a VLD (Very Long Document). By using a bookmark, along with a hyperlink in the footer of your document, you create the option for readers to jump back to the top with one click (instead of excessive scrolling!). Once you learn the 2 basic skills, you’ll be able to use those to make any document more connected. Those connections can stay within the doc itself, or you could hyperlink to any URL (website address) of your choosing.
Skill 1: Bookmark
Making a bookmark in your document is like placing a bookmark in a book. It allows you to get back to that spot more quickly and easily. So, if you have a Table of Contents, you probably want to be able to hop to it, right?
- Click and drag over the text Table of Contents to select it.
- Then, click the Insert menu, and Bookmark.
- You’ll know you’ve done it right when this cute blue bookmark shows up.
Skill 2: Hyperlink in the Footer
Anything you type in the Footer of a document will show up on the bottom of every page. This is a perfect place for inserting a hyperlink to the bookmark you’ve just created.
- Click the Insert menu, then Footer.
- In the Footer, type something like Return to Top.
- Click and drag to select the words Return to Top, and then make it a hyperlink. There are 3 ways to do this.
- Then you’ll get this box. Click on Bookmarks>Table of Contents, and Apply.
- Your words turn blue and underlined to show that the hyperlink is there. Now you can click there to jump up to the bookmarked Table of Contents. And, since you put that link in the Footer, it will automatically be added at the bottom of ALL of your pages.
Using a Table of Contents, along with bookmarks, and a hyperlink in the footer, makes your VLD more user friendly and interactive.
Teach your students these skills, and have them create a clickable textbook together. They can make hyperlinks within the document, and hyperlinks out to additional resources, as well as practice writing headings that will make their Table of Contents helpful to outsiders. Then, they can publish their work and share it with a worldwide audience.