Bookmarks in Word

Dear Computer Lady,

I’m writing a novel and want to save it chapter by chapter and as a whole piece as I move along.

I don’t want to have to scroll through 14 chapters, for example, to get to chapter 15 on which I am working. But I do want the entire work in one piece when I get to the first complete revision.

Where is the best place to save this stuff and how do I do it? I work with Microsoft Word.

Thanks, Jim


Dear Jim,

You would need to save it all in one Word file to keep it all together, but, you can set bookmarks in word that would take you to the beginning of each chapter.

To set the bookmark, go to the beginning of a chapter, click “Insert” in the menu bar and then click on “Bookmark”. Give your bookmark a name like Chapter1 (Spaces are not allowed in a bookmark name) and click “Add”.

To go to a chapter, click on “Edit” in the menu bar and click again on “Go To”. Select bookmark as the place you would like to go, select your chapter and you will be taken to that chapter.


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    • dalm8an
    • September 17, 2009

    Hi, Computer Lady! I love your stuff!

    Regarding Jim’s question about one humongous document, your bookmark suggestion will work but it’s clunky. A better way is Word’s Document Map feature. Each chapter (say) shows in a separte pane as a link. Clicking the chapter number takes the user immediately to that place in the document. I use it a lot. It’s fast and easy.

    Best to you,

    • pgarden
    • September 19, 2009

    Hey Jim good luck to you in your book. The one suggestion I would make is to make sure you back-up or copy your work to an external hard drive. You sure don’t want to lose even one work of your work.

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