Add or delete bookmarks

A bookmark identifies a location or a selection of text that you name and identify for future reference. For example, you might use a bookmark to identify text that you want to revise at a later time. Instead of scrolling through the document to locate the text, you can go to it by using the Bookmark dialog box.

What do you want to do?


Add a bookmark

  1. Select the text or item to which you want to assign a bookmark, or click where you want to insert a bookmark.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Bookmark.

Links group

  1. Under Bookmark name, type or select a name.

Bookmark names must begin with a letter and can contain numbers. You can't include spaces in a bookmark name. However, you can use the underscore character to separate words — for example, "First_Heading."

Bookmark dialog box

  1. Click Add.

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Go to a specific bookmark

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Bookmark.

Links group

  1. Click either Name or Location to sort the list of bookmarks in the document.
  2. Click the name of the bookmark that you want to go to.
  3. Click Go To.

Bookmark dialog box

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Display the bookmark indicators

If you assign a bookmark to a block of text or to an item, the bookmark will appear in brackets ([…]) on the screen. If you assign a bookmark to a location, the bookmark will appear as an I-beam. The brackets and I-beam are not printed.

  1. Click the File tab and then click Options.
  2. Click Advanced, and then select the Show bookmarks check box under Show document content.
  3. Click OK.

Change a bookmark

To change a bookmarked item, it’s recommended that you first display the bookmark indicators.

You can cut, copy, and paste items that are marked with a bookmark. You can also add text to, and delete text from, marked items.

If you This happens
Copy all or part of a marked item to another location in the same document The bookmark remains with the original item; the copy is not marked.
Copy an entire marked item to another document Both documents contain identical items and identical bookmarks.
Cut an entire marked item and then paste it in the same document The item and the bookmark move to the new location.
Delete part of a marked item The bookmark stays with the remaining text.
Add text between any two characters enclosed in a bookmark The addition is included in the bookmark.
Click directly after the opening bracket of a bookmark, and then add text or graphics to the item The addition is included in the bookmark.
Click directly after the ending bracket of a bookmark, and then add to the item The addition is not included in the bookmark.

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Delete a bookmark

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Bookmark.

Links group

  1. Click either Name or Location to sort the list of bookmarks in the document.
  2. Click the name of the bookmark you want to delete.
  3. Click Delete.

Bookmark dialog box

 Note   To delete both the bookmark and the bookmarked item (such as a block of text or other element), select the item, and then press DELETE.

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Applies to:
Word 2010