Hyperlinking Within a Contract

It’s relatively commonplace for contracts to point the reader to terms contained on a website. It follows that electronic versions of such contracts often hyperlink those URLs.

But recently someone asked me about using hyperlinks for a different purpose, namely to speed cross-referencing within a Word document. You can hyperlink the entries in a table of contents, as well as references to exhibits, schedules, and other sections. You could even link a defined term to the definition of that term, although that would likely be distracting.

Go here for Word 2007 Help and How-to instructions on hyperlinking within a document.

Do any of you use such hyperlinks? Have you encountered them in drafts sent to you? If so, do you find them useful?

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.