Using Bookmarks

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 28, 2013)

Bookmarks allow you to mark places (locations) in your document. They are called bookmarks because they function much like physical bookmarks do in the real world. In Docs bookmarks are used to define targets for links so that you can easily jump from one location in the document to another. (Bookmarks in Docs bear little resemblance to the functionality provided by bookmarks in other word processing programs, such as Word.)

To insert a bookmark, follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the bookmark to be inserted. (You can, if you prefer, select some text you want associated with the bookmark, but this action is really not necessary.)
  2. Click Insert | Bookmark. Docs marks the location as a bookmark and displays a "ribbon" at the left side of that line, in the margin. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. A bookmark added to a document.

The bookmark indicators (the ribbons) are helpful in determining exactly where bookmarks are located. You can click on one of the ribbons and Docs displays a small dotted line that marks the location of the bookmark within that line.

A word of warning with bookmarks: they can move! If you define a bookmark and then move the text which contains that bookmark, the bookmark moves with the text. In other words, the bookmark is tied to the text itself, not the location at which the text originally was located.

For a bookmark to be of any use, you need to define a link that references the bookmark. You can define the link to the bookmark in this manner:

  1. Select the text you want to serve as your link. (Links are underlined in the document, much as hyperlinks on the web are underlined.)
  2. Choose Insert | Link or press Ctrl+K. Docs displays a pointer to the text and a selection of options for the link's target.
  3. Choose Bookmarks. Google expands the list of targets to show the bookmarks in the document. (See Figure 2.)
  4. Figure 2. Using a bookmark as the target for a link.

  5. Click the bookmark you want to use as the link's target.
  6. Click Apply. Docs underlines the text you selected in step 1 and establishes the link.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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