One of many wonderful and useful capabilities of WordPerfect is the ability to easily bookmark and hyperlink any two elements together, just like you are used to seeing on web pages. Yes, it is even blue and underlined by default, so it is easily identified as a hyperlink. A few examples of when you would want to do this are:
- Linking titles in a Table of Contents to the pages which have that content
- Linking "more information" to summaries, technical terms, or citations
- Linking from your WordPerfect document to a web page
Let's start by clarifying that the "bookmark" is the destination and the "hyperlink" gets you there. In other words, when you click on the hyperlink, it takes you to the bookmark. This is important because you want to create your bookmark first, unless you are linking to a web page (see steps below). You initially begin by creating your document content, then setting up your bookmarks and hyperlinks last.
Once you have the content set-up or written, go to the place where you will be bookmarking. If you are hyperlinking to a web page, skip down to Step 3.
Let's use a Table of Contents to illustrate. In this example, "Chapter 1" is our bookmark. Go to the page that contains your bookmark. Click and drag over the text ("Chapter 1" in our example) that you will be bookmarking. It is best to select only one or two "keywords" that will serve as the bookmark.
It's also important to note that the bookmark must be unique, meaning that you can't use the same exact name twice. In my example, I know that "Chapter 1" will only be used once.
Once you have the bookmark text selected, go to the top menu bar and click on Tools, then select Bookmark from the drop-down menu. This will bring up the Bookmark dialog box. Click the Create button in this dialog, and you will now see the Create Bookmark dialog. By default, the Bookmark name will match your selected text. You can change this name if you want to do so. The important part is making sure the bookmark name identifies what it is, and that every bookmark name is unique as mentioned above.
Leave the Selected Bookmark checkbox selected and click OK. You won't see anything different right now, but don't worry, the magic is yet to come.
Now that your bookmark is created, go to the place you want to use as a hyperlink. In our example, that would be the Table of Contents, and we would want to hyperlink "Chapter 1" and maybe even the title. Even though we would choose only a word or two for the bookmark, it is OK to choose more text for the hyperlink.
With all the text highlighted that you want to have as the hyperlink, go up to the menu bar, choose Tools, and then choose Hyperlink from the drop-down menu. This will bring up the Hyperlink Properties dialog.
To Hyperlink to a bookmark:
Next to the Bookmark field, click the down arrow to reveal your list of bookmarks. You will now see the bookmark you just created. Select your bookmark from the list and click OK. Now you will see your text turn blue with underlining, which can be clicked to take you to the bookmark.
To Hyperlink to a web page:
As noted above, if you are linking to a web page, you would skip Steps 1 and 2. In the Hyperlink Properties dialog, click the Browse Web button. Go to the web page you want to link to, highlight the web address on that web page, and copy it using Ctrl+C together on your keyboard. Go back to your WordPerfect document and paste the web address using Ctrl+V into the Document/Macro field. Click the OK button. You will now see your text turn blue with underlining, which can be clicked to take you to the web page.
In my article, How To Convert a WordPerfect File to PDF, I outlined a simple process for turning any WordPerfect file into a PDF for trouble-free file sharing. All the hyperlinks and bookmarks you set up in WordPerfect will work perfectly in a PDF conversion too. Imagine the possibilities with that!