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Creating Navigation in a Google Document in 6 Steps

I was helping Catlin Tucker with some presentation tips and together we came up with a nifty way to use a Google Doc instead of a Presentation. Sometimes a text document will work better than a slideshow, in that case you may want to try this tip.

Step 1

Use page breaks in your document, you do not want too much text on a page since you are using the pages as slides. Control Enter is the keyboard shortcut to inserting a page break. You can also use the insert menu.

Step 2

Create a title at the top of each page that you can navigate to from the custom navigation.

Step 3

Utilize headings as a style for your text at the top of the page. Highlight the title of the page and change it from normal text to a heading such as Heading 1. Repeat this for each page.

Step 4

Insert a header into the document. Under the insert menu is the option to insert a header. This is something that will repeat on every page of your document.

Step 5

Type your navigation into the header. Such as Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, or possibly even more meaningful titles.

Step 6

Highlight the text, one item at a time, and click on the link icon in the toolbar. This will allow you to create a hyperlink of the text. Instead of pasting a URL into the box notice the option to link to a Heading. Link to the headings you created. This will allow you to jump to pages in your document no matter what page you are on!


Click Here for a sample document to demonstrate the header navigation.

Click Here for a template you can make a copy of.

4 thoughts on “Creating Navigation in a Google Document in 6 Steps”

  1. Alice, tried this and it looked OK, but after I closed it, the formatting just went to headings with page breaks. I wanted to use it for a doctopus. Any ideas?

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