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How to make clickable links and cross-references in pdfs produced by LaTeX?

I need links for the Table of Contents, so that I can navigate fast to different sections. I apparently need some package.

I tried the package url unsuccessfully.

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    It is hilarious that this question was given a duplicate badge when it was asked one year before than the other one. This question was also searchable in Google during the time when the other question was asked. There is also more thorough solution in this question than the other one. Commented Aug 31, 2013 at 8:32
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    Very ironic to tag it as hyperref ;-) Commented Sep 5, 2014 at 17:34

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You can change the color of the links as above.

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    A few tips: to simply avoid any visual indication of links, use option hidelinks. This can also be done like this: \usepackage[hidelinks]{hyperref}. To set all colors at once, use allcolors=black. colorlinks seems to work the same as colorlinks=true.
    – Cerran
    Commented Mar 7, 2014 at 17:28
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    The option hidelinks seems to be unnecessary in my XeLaTeX file. Not sure if this is because of XeLaTeX or that the lack of visual indication of links has been made default in hyperref. Somebody might want to investigate.
    – Taiki
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 12:22
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    This is so awesome! I feel that my work now feels 100 times more professional :D
    – CivilSigma
    Commented Sep 27, 2015 at 5:18
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    Make sure you do not have the “draft” option in the document class. With “draft”, links are not created!
    – Philipp
    Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 13:23
  • To use the hyperref package with the cleveref package, you need to place hyperref before cleveref in the preamble.
    – jthomas
    Commented Apr 14, 2020 at 19:58

The package listed is correct. This is a more detailed account of setup though:

\usepackage{color}   %May be necessary if you want to color links
    colorlinks=true, %set true if you want colored links
    linktoc=all,     %set to all if you want both sections and subsections linked
    linkcolor=blue,  %choose some color if you want links to stand out

Once this is all setup, you should just be able to include the


sometime after


and be all set


Don't miss out on the


option to only link the page numbers and not the entire table of contents; when links are being coloured the default behaviour can be a bit overwhelming.

Moreover, if you need to use dviaps+ps2pdf driver then in the default setting, the hyperlinks of long headers (that occupy more than one line) are scrambled due to a known incompatibility (README for hyperref, Section 7) and linking the page numbers resolves this issue.

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    Not true. It's better when the entire line links.
    – alamodey
    Commented Feb 18, 2009 at 1:13
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    As clickable links, it's better to have the entire line. But if you've got links printed in hot pink, then it looks mighty ugly to have an entire page coloured like that. Commented Feb 23, 2009 at 23:08
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    A solution to keep the whole line a link (easier to click), while not having the whole TOC colored, is to change hyperref's linkcolor just for the TOC.
    – JW.
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 19:28

The way to go is the hyperref package.


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