by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 30, 2016)
Maria wonders if there is a way to generate an index with hyperlinks. She knows how to do this for a table of contents, but cannot find any references on how to create a hyperlinked index.
You cannot find such references because (unfortunately) there is no native capability to do this in Word. You can, however, add the capability by using a third-party add-on like IndexLinker:
IndexLinker is a great add-on, but it isn't free. Also, it will only work with the Windows versions of Word. As of this writing, the IndexLinker page indicates it works with versions of Word up through Word 2013. In talking with Jack Lyon (the publisher of IndexLinker), he indicates that he knows of no reason why it shouldn't work with Word 2016, but wanted to hold off saying it definitely would until he did some further testing.
If you prefer to not use an add-on (or IndexLinker won't work for your purposes), then you might try a workaround. Start by creating a series of paragraph styles that define how you want your index entries to look. (These should not be the built-in index styles that Word provides). Once created, generate a TOC that is based on the styles you created.
This approach works because Word allows you to include multiple TOCs in a document and provides great flexibility in how the TOCs are generated. Remember that this is only a workaround, however. You'll definitely need to fiddle around with the TOC settings to get just the look (and usability) you want.
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