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Word: Bookmark names

December 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

4 comments

  1. […] Give the bookmark a meaningful name, click Add, then click OK. […]


  2. […] Give this bookmark a unique but meaningful name (I’ve called this one Section2), then click Add. […]


  3. Bookmark names that begin with _ are “Hidden Bookmarks”. Hidden Bookmarks will not appear in the Bookmark list unless you check the Hidden bookmarks checkbox in the Bookmark dialog box


  4. Thanks for that tip, Paul. I’ve added it to the list in the post.

    –Rhonda



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