The add-in processes hyperlinks, bookmarks, and cross-references. After the found links are displayed on the add-in pane, it becomes possible to check, edit, unlink, or delete links either individually or in groups. You can also see where exactly in your Word document the link is and reach its destination right from the add-in pane.
To learn how to perform a search for links correctly, visit this page: How to start working with the tool
In the search results, each link is marked with a special icon:
The icons mean the following:
|a hyperlink leading to a web page or an email address|
|a hyperlink leading to another file or its part|
|a hyperlink leading to a bookmark or a heading within the same Word document|
|a hidden bookmark generated by Word|
|a bookmark added by a user|
If the type of a link cannot be identified or verified, the link is marked with
The state of a link may be indicated with an exclamation point (!), a question mark (?), or may not be marked at all. The exclamation point means that the link is invalid. The question mark is used to express concern about a questionable link. If neither the exclamation point nor the question mark is shown, it means that the link is valid.
You can find information on each invalid or questionable link in the Description area at the bottom of the add-in pane.
While using the add-in, you can work either with a single link or with a few of them at a time. It is possible to check, edit, unlink, follow a link, or go to its location in the document; you can also copy the item or items of interest from the search results to the clipboard. All these actions are performed with the following buttons:
Check Link(s) is available for hyperlinks and cross-references.
You can verify a link either at the start by choosing the Check external links option or later on by using the Check Link(s) button on the toolbar.
If a bookmark is among the selected items, the button becomes disabled.
Go to Link is available for all types of links.
By clicking the Go to Link button, you make the add-in hit the location of the selected link in the document you are working with.
Follow Link is available for hyperlinks and cross-references.
Use Follow Link to open the web page, get access to the file, or see the object or the bookmark the link you pick is leading to.
Edit Link(s) is available for hyperlinks and bookmarks.
Unlink or Delete is available for all types of links.
By clicking the Unlink or Delete button, you can either unlink hyperlinks and cross-references or delete bookmarks. The operation can be performed on a single link and on a group of links.
Copy to Clipboard is available for all types of links.
To make it possible to paste the information on the found link(s) along with the search results table headers to another file, for example an Excel workbook, select the necessary item(s) and click the Copy to Clipboard button on the toolbar or press Ctrl+C on the keyboard.
To simultaneously navigate through the found links on the add-in pane and in the Word document itself, enable the Sync Selection button on the add-in toolbar:
If Sync is on while you navigate around the search results, each link you select on the add-in pane is automatically selected in the Word document as well.
If Sync is off, you can hit the location of a link in the Word document by selecting the link of interest on the add-in pane and clicking the Go to Link button.
By default, the found links are listed in order of their appearance in a certain document area. First, links from the main text are displayed, then those from headers and footers are presented. However, it is possible to sort the search results by State, Type, Link, or Refers to. To change the default order in the necessary way, click the corresponding header of the search results table, and an arrow icon will appear confirming that the links have been sorted:
To rearrange the sorting order, click the header once again, and the up arrow will be replaced with the down one or vice versa:
To go back to the default sorting, click the Reset Sorting button on the toolbar:
The add-in provides an opportunity to filter search results. To get the filter fields displayed, click the View Filter button in the upper right corner of the add-in pane:
To filter by Link, Refers to, or Description, fill in the corresponding filter field or paste the necessary record from the clipboard by using Ctrl+V. Then press Enter. The entered values will be saved and listed in the filter field drop-down menu.
To filter the found links by State, Type, or Document area, select the necessary record from the corresponding drop-down menu.
To start over, click the New search button at the bottom of the add-in pane: