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Internal Links

Use an Internal Link to direct a reader to another chapter, to provide quick access to a map, or to let a reader choose their favorite ending.

Adding an Internal Link

To insert a link to a location in your ebook, select the text you’d like to make into a link and choose Internal Link from the Text Feature menu.

Vellum's Text Feature menu

A popover will then appear that lets you choose the destination chapter.

The Internal Link popover showing its text and destination chapter

Once an Internal Link is created, you can change its destination by clicking on it to bring up the popover again.

Linking to Subheads

To link to a section within an element, you will need to introduce that section using a Subhead. Then, when you select a chapter in the Internal Link popover, you’ll be able to choose any Subhead in the chapter.

The Internal Link popover showing a Subhead within the destination chapter


Vellum will import internal links from your Word manuscript, as long as they point to a chapter title or subhead. Links that point to other, arbitrary bookmarks in your manuscript will not be preserved.

Previewing Internal Links

You can test your Internal Links using Vellum’s Preview. When you are previewing an ebook device, like a Kindle Fire or iPad, Internal Links will be underlined and clickable.

Vellum’s Preview showing a clickable internal link

Invalid Destination Warning

If you create an Internal Link to a chapter that gets deleted, then the link will appear in red text in Vellum’s Text Editor.

The Text Editor displaying an invalid internal link in red

When you click on the link, the popover will allow you to choose a new destination, or remove the link entirely:

The Internal Link popover showing an invalid destination