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    fields: HYPERLINK vs REF (2002)

    I've got a document that uses bookmarks to create cross references to certain (non-Heading) paragraphs. Word allow this to be done using either REF or HYPERLINK fields. I got to wondering-- is there any reason to use one over the other? I searched around in the old posts for a bit; couldn't seem to find anything (or I wasn't asking properly).

    So, when it comes to bookmarks used with HYPERLINK or REF fields, does anyone have any thoughts as to if one is "better" than the other?

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    Re: fields: HYPERLINK vs REF (2002)

    The biggest difference really is that the Hyperlink field lets you use any labeled text for the source of the link (an "Anchor" in HTML terms), and that it can link outside the document.
    On the other hand, the REF field has the advantage of being able to quote information from elsewhere in the document, for example, "See <table 1>" or "This study consists of [24] [rats]" where the items in []s are REF fields. In those situations, though, you often DON'T want a hyperlink (and REF has that option too).

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    Re: fields: HYPERLINK vs REF (2002)

    Thanks joelfinkle--I rarely link outside Word documents so now I guess I need to say "DUH"...

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    Re: fields: HYPERLINK vs REF (2002)

    One downside to using Hyperlinks is that the text they display is static -- if you make a hyperlink to some text that says "My dog Skip", and then later change that text to "My dog Spot", the hyperlink still says "My dog Skip" (unless you manually change it).

    Being able to use REF fields as hyperlinks (with the "h" switch) seals the deal for me, so I use them for intra-file references. (And for external references, I use INCLUDETEXT fields to bookmarks).

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