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8. Forms and Fields > 78. Cross-Reference Among Documents

Cross-Reference Among Documents

This hack shows you how to create cross-references among different Word documents.

When you create a cross-reference in Word, no option exists for referencing content in another document. But sometimes you need to split your work into multiple files, like the chapters in a book. (Word once actually encouraged this practice; the Word 2.0 manual says, “If your document is longer than 20 pages, consider creating several smaller documents.”) If you use fields and bookmarks, you can create your own dynamic cross-references among separate Word documents.

A cross-reference has two parts: the reference and the target. A target is sort of like an Internet URL, and a reference is like a link to that URL. Each target can have multiple references pointing to it, but each reference can point to only one target. Just like URLs, each target must have a unique identifier.


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