Wednesday, December 22, 2021

How to Create Google Docs and PDFs With Hyperlinked Chapters

A kind reader who purchased my new ebook asked me how I was able to create the hyperlinked sections within the ebook. There are a couple of ways that it can be done, but the way that I did it is built into Google Documents. 

Like nearly every document that I create, I created 50 Tech Tuesday Tips in Google Documents. Within Google Documents there is an option to insert headers and section breaks. When you insert a header into a Google Document that header is automatically added to the index that Google Docs automatically creates for you. Those headers are automatically hyperlinked between the index and the corresponding section in your document. Then when you export the Google Document as a PDF the hyperlinked is preserved. Additionally, if you use the automatic table of contents feature in Google Docs, the table of contents is hyperlinked and preserved when you export your Google Document as a PDF. 

The whole process that I described above is demonstrated in this short video. It's one of those things that's a little easier to understand when you see it as opposed to just reading about it. 

Applications for Education
Hyperlinking sections makes it a lot easier for people to jump to sections in a long document. If you or your students are creating long reports in Google Documents, consider adding section headers to make it easier navigate.

How to Embed Blog Posts Into Canva Designs

A few weeks ago I discovered that you can embed Google Forms and Microsoft Forms into Canva designs including website design templates. Then yesterday, as I was putting together my Best of the Web presentation slides, I accidentally discovered that you can embed blog posts into Canva designs. 

The process for embedding blog posts into Canva designs is the same as it is for embedding Google Forms or Microsoft Forms into Canva designs. Simply choose the "embed" option in the Canva design editor then paste a link to the blog post into the embed field. The blog post will then appear in the design where you can resize it to fit into the design as you like. 

Watch this short video to learn how to embed blog posts into Canva designs. 

On a related note, here's how you can use Canva to create webpages.

Have you heard? I published a new ebook titled 50 Tech Tuesday Tips. It's a great resource for busy tech coaches, media specialists, and curriculum directors. 

Best of the Web 2021 - Webinar Recording and Slides

Yesterday afternoon I hosted my annual Best of the Web webinar. More than 100 people attended the live session and even more asked to view the recording and slides. As promised, you anyone can now watch the recording right here on my YouTube channel. The slides can be seen here or as embedded below as a Canva presentation. 

Best of the Web 2021 by Richard Byrne

My new ebook, 50 Tech Tuesday Tips, mentioned in the webinar can be found right here.

The tools mentioned in the webinar:
Flipgrid virtual backgrounds
Canva's video editor
Google's AR animals
Mouse X-Ray Goggles
Screencastify Editor
Blackbird Code
Wick Editor
Glide Apps
Bitly+ TinyURL+

Demonstrations of all of the tools and services mentioned above are included in the Canva slides that I posted. 

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