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If I have shared a Google Doc with someone so we both can edit it, is there a way I can send that purpose a URL that, when clicked, takes that person to the Google Doc and scrolls down to a particular position? e.g.:


this example would search for and find the text "Section 3"

Is there a way to do this kind of deep linking into Google Docs?

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Create a bookmark (insert -> bookmark). Then you can add #name_of_bookmark to the end of the url.

eg: http://docs.google.com/document/d/15xm3Bx4Elnjbg0VNY#name_of_bookmark

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Looks like Google Docs has deprecated bookmarks, tried this just now and no Bookmark option in the Insert dropdown: i.snag.gy/jztlZ.jpg –  fusion27 Aug 5 '14 at 13:59
@fusion27 it appears your screenshot is from a Spreadsheet. The Bookmark menu item still appears in Google Document as of today. –  Mark Stosberg Jan 7 at 17:52

You can do the same thing with headers as you can with bookmarks without creating a Table of Contents.

Put the cursor on the header itself, then look at the address bar of your browser. It should change to update the fragment (hash - #) at the end like #heading=h.abc32def4 -- this should correspond to the link created in the Table of Contents. Copy that entire url and use wherever needed.

(from a similar question)

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After you've got the headings in the document and formatted as such, do Insert > Table of Contents. It will add a TOC to the document with clickable links. Note that you can remove the TOC and the links are still valid. You can also insert bookmarks rather than a TOC.

It isn't a search feature though. If you look at the link that gets generated, it isn't something you'd be able to guess or manipulate.

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I just tried this with a bookmark named 'Bookmark9/10'. It didn't work.

Looking at the header example, I realized that isn't what was needed.

I inserted a link to the bookmark within the same document and then clicked on this link I saw bookmark=id.iqgsajlrwjl9 When I pasted that whole string (not just 'id.xxxxx') in after the # in the url to another document, it worked. I note this thread goes back several years. Today is 9/11/2014.

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