Word: Bookmark namesDecember 16, 2010
I’ve recently found out that in Word you can’t start a bookmark’s name with a number. You can only use letters (upper, lower or mixed case) and underscores in the name, but you cannot start a bookmark’s name with an underscore.
So, you can have Name2 or Name_2 but not Name 2, 2_Name, _Name2, or 2Name.
I’ve known for a long time that you cannot use spaces or any other symbols (except the underscore) in a bookmark name.
So, you can have Name_2 but not Name-2, Name$2, Name@2, Name(2), Name=2 or anything else with a symbol that isn’t an underscore.
Does anyone know why Word is so precious about the acceptable characters in a bookmark’s name?
Here are the bookmark naming rules that I’ve figured out:
- Always start a bookmark name with a letter.
- An underscore is the only acceptable symbol allowed in a bookmark’s name, providing it’s not the first character.
- Spaces are not allowed.
- From Paul (in the comments): Bookmark names that begin with _ are ‘Hidden Bookmarks’. Hidden Bookmarks will not appear in the Bookmark list unless you check the Hidden bookmarks check box in the Bookmark dialog box