HOW TO: Link headings to navigation list

HOW TO: Link headings to navigation list

In the following post, I will quickly show you how to link headings to individual items in a navigation list. It’s a lot simpler than you would expect.

You would typically want to do this when you have a long article for example, and you want each item in your navigation list/content list to take the user straight to that chapter/heading.

For example, you could have the following list:

  1. Chapter 1
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3

And then somewhere in your article, you would have the following:

Chapter 1

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 3

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Ideally, the user should be able to just click on Chapter 3 and the website would just take him there, without having to scroll all the way down to the page. This is very useful when you have tens of ‘chapters’.


How to do it?

First, click on Text in the top right corner, as shown in the picture above.


Second, identify where the code for your list is, it should look like the above.


Third, add an <a href=”#chapter1″></a> around each text you want to transform into a link, each Chapter in my case.


Fourth, go through your code and identify each heading you want to link to the navigation. Remember, based on what you chose, headings can be <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5>. Find the ones that match the name, in my case is Chapter 1 and so on.



Finally, add an id=”” property to each heading, corresponding to the item in the navigation list. For example, #chapter1 should link to the first header, using the id=”chapter1″. See the picture above.

If you preview your post now, you can test if the navigation list works correctly.

In conclusion, it’s a lot easier than most people would expect to link headings to a navigation list using really simple HTML.

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