Insert an E-book Table of Contents with Bookmarks



I wrote in a previous article that page numbers—in your e-book—are irrelevant, because the page numbering depends on the font size and the e reader’s orientation—both are controlled by your readers.

More helpful, than page numbers, are bookmarks–usually inserted in the chapter heading, linking to a table of contents. This kind of functionality is useful to your reader.

It’s a quick 3-step process.

Click the INSERT ribbon in Microsoft Word 2007®; in the links section of the ribbon, you should see Hyperlink and Bookmark. A bookmark functions the same way, as a bookmark that you would insert, whether you’re reading a printed book or an e-book, to remind you where you left off. In this case, we’ll place bookmarks at the chapter headings, name them and then create a link on the Table of Contents to the place in the document. This can be done quickly and simply, using Microsoft Word.

Place the cursor, where you would like to insert the bookmark. I place the cursor before the first character in chapter 12. Select the bookmark button.

Name your bookmark, with no spaces and click add.

Highlight the text, of the corresponding bookmark, you just created. In the above example you would highlight “Chapter 12,” only. You want to only link the word or words to the bookmark.

Click the hyperlink button to the left of the bookmark button. In the Insert Hyperlink box, click the bookmark button. In the select place in document box, you should see the bookmark that you created; highlight it and click OK.

The text should turn blue and underline. Save your document, and test the link by holding the [Ctrl] key and clicking on the hyperlink. You should jump to the bookmark, in your document.

Hyperlinks in your e-book can also contain internet hyperlinks–assuming your reader’s e reader is capable of connecting to the internet. Select the text you’d like to create the link and click the hyperlink button.

In the Insert Hyperlink box, paste a hyperlink from your web browser, linked to the text. Or a domain name, as in the figure.

Two pieces of advice: don’t paste the hyperlink into your e-book, as text–except for a domain name in the context of the sentence. And, don’t use “click here,” as your linked text. If anything, “For more information, please visit Or: For more information, about me, please visit my website.

Here’s a quick tweak. Want to remove the underline in your hyperlinks? Update the hyperlink paragraph style. Make sure, you’re logged into your e publishing account. Click the diagonal arrow in the Styles section of the Home ribbon—it’s just below the Change Styles drop down menu.

If Hyperlinks isn’t listed, click the options button. In the Style Panes Option box, under Select styles to show, change it to All Styles. Click OK.

Find Hyperlinks; right-click over it and select, Modify. Deselect the underline button. Click the Format button and select Font. In the underline style box, select none. Click OK.

Check, new documents based on this template. Click OK.

Note: Some e readers underline hyperlinks, anyway.


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