Create Hyperlinks from One Word Document to Another

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I bet you didn't know that you can link documents together in MS Word. Well guess what? You can!

Why bother linking documents together?

You can hyperlink documents together so that the folks who read them can click on a hyperlink that will take them to a previous document that is referred to in the instant document.

Say you've written to a colleague asking them to use information from a sales database to create a mail merge letter announcing a "Spring sale". You can create a hyperlink to a document instructing them how to create a merge letter.

Word makes it super easy to link to information in other documents. To insert hyperlinks in your documents, follow the steps below.

  1. Launch MS Word if it isn't already open.
  2. Open both documents in Word and go to Window | Arrange All.
  3. Select the definition of the term mail merge in your previous document.
  4. Right-click the selected text, then click and drag the selected text to the end of this sentence in the new document: This article described the latest instructions on performing a mail merge.
  5. Release the mouse button and select Create Hyperlink here.
  6. When readers come to the term "mail merge" in your new document then can press CTRL and then click the hyperlink to the term in the previous article.

If you are saving your particular article on the web, you should save both of the articles' files to the same folder to avoid having problems with broken links.

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