Cross-references in Word – easier and smarter than ever

Version 3.1 with improved performance

Learn how the DocTools CrossReferenceManager Word add-in can help you

DocTools CrossReferenceManager simplifies and speeds up the management of cross-references even in your most complex documents. Completely compatible with Word's own cross-references but with many powerful, new and unique capabilities added.

  • Create custom cross-reference texts in any language, specifying whole text strings with introductory text and as many cross-references you want, prepared for fast insertion in any Word document
  • Insert any custom cross-reference text with multiple cross-references with a single click – e.g. including cross-references to both paragraph number, paragraph text and page
  • Automatic styling of cross-reference elements
  • Filter function lets you quickly find the cross-reference target you want
  • Powerful cross-reference checker that can detect and repair cross-reference errors throughout your documents, including in headers/footers, footnotes, endnotes, text boxes and other difficult-to-check locations
  • Customizable defaults and automatic selection of "most recently used" references by type
  • And much more…

DocTools CrossReferenceManager is the perfect, time-saving cross-reference tool for anyone who uses Word for writing contracts, scientific reports, technical reports, technical specifications, user manuals, academic dissertations, patent drafting and other types of documents in which cross-references are needed.

Empower everyone who works with cross-references in Word. Get DocTools CrossReferenceManager today!

Watch the short video below and read on to learn how DocTools CrossReferenceManager can help you.

The add-in works with Word 2010Word 2013Word 2016Word 2019Word for Microsoft 365 on PC / Windows.
The add-in works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Word.

Single user license  only EUR 57 – volume discount – see Pricing details below.

Video – see how to create cross-references in Word using DocTools CrossReferenceManager

What users say about DocTools CrossReferenceManager

DocTools CrossReferenceManager is a terrific add-in that adds functionality to Microsoft’s own cross-referencing function, and makes it much easier to assign cross-references. A great tool for all power Word users.

Custom cross-reference texts – This is COOL!!!

I love the filter function!

I love how after you've inserted a cross-reference, all your settings – AND the last cross-reference you chose – display when you go to insert a new one (this is super handy when you’re assigning numbered cross-references for bibliographic citations)!

Rhonda Bracey

Owner and Managing Director of CyberText Consulting Pty Ltd

We love the CrossReferenceManager tool, it has made life incredibly easy for us! :- )

Swati Johri


Discovering DocTools CrossReferenceManager was like a childhood Christmas – magical!

CrossReferenceManager has significantly simplified how we automate cross-references in Word and has improved the overall quality of our customer focused documentation.

David Buckley

Senior Manager Technical Publications, GS1

Cross-reference features – comparison


Word's built-in
cross-reference features

Insert cross-references to paragraphs styled with the built-in Heading 1-9 styles

Insert cross-references to any custom heading that has been applied outline level 1-9 without manually adding a bookmark first

Insert cross-references to numbered items

Insert cross-references to bookmarks

Insert cross-references to footnotes

Insert cross-references to endnotes

Insert cross-references to captions (Figure, Table, etc.)

Insert cross-references to caption number only

Offer only the types of cross-reference target types that are relevant to the actual document

List cross-reference types in alphabetical order for faster overview

Filter cross-reference target items for very fast selection

Save custom cross-reference texts in any language, specifying whole text strings with as many cross-references you want, prepared for fast insertion

Insert custom cross-reference texts with multiple cross-references with a single click

Define cross-reference defaults that apply to the first cross-reference you insert in any document

Each document remembers all the cross-reference settings you selected for the different cross-reference types and also remembers which target item you selected most recently for that type

Automatically apply highlight to all cross-reference fields so you can easily check them – you can remove the highlight again with a single click

Automatically apply highlight to all cross-reference bookmarks so you can easily check them – you can remove the highlight again a single click

Automatically apply a character style to cross-reference fields

Automatically have a character style added that looks as the Hyperlink style and have that style applied to cross-references (the built-in Hyperlink style does not work with cross-reference fields)

Apply a character style to all cross-reference fields in the entire document in one operation

Reset the formatting of all cross-reference fields in the entire document in one operation

Cross-reference dialog box can be resized so you can see many target items and long target texts

A cross-reference checker that lets you check the document for errors in cross-reference bookmarks and cross-reference fields and provides tools for repairing any errors found

Functionality that can prevent certain types of errors such as cross-references pointing to number 0 (zero)

Browse cross-reference fields and targets in two windows side by side – a dialog box lets you step through the fields in one window and show the related target in the other window

Generate a document with an overview of all cross-references in a document

I have been using DocTools CrossReferenceManager for several months and have found it to be extremely useful.

I am also extremely pleased and impressed by Lene Fredborg's support. When I ran into issues using the program, Lene Fredborg helped me solve the issues quickly and professionally. I could not ask for more from any software provider.

John D. Purdy


I use almost no add-ins as often trying to remember them all is more work than it is worth. But your tool, DocTools CrossReferenceManager, is a winner and I have put the icon on the quick launch tool bar and use it almost every day as I write my reports.

Paul Maconochie

GeoTek Solutions Pty Ltd

PS as a patent professional, I am finding your CrossReferenceManager tool extremely valuable for patent drafting!

Antonia Modkova

Patent Attorney

I highly recommend CrossReferenceManager as a fantastic group of tools, saving time and making my documents more accurate and accessible.

Lene gives amazing support! She gives clear, detailed and understandable instructions. She is really committed to her user's success, creating updates and tweaking features at amazing speed.

One of a kind!

Rabbi Elijah C. Dordek

Founder & Director of Mishna Sdura, Senior Lecturer in Talmudic Studies and Jewish Philosophy

I wish to thank you for having created the DocTools CrossReferenceManager tool. It is really a big help for who has to manage complex documents.

You could ask why I am silent for long times; the reason is simple. I am the general manager of a company that produces complex offers in public tenders. Normally the offers are prepared by a dedicated team but, from time to time, there is an extremely important (for us) tender and I want to care it personally. Our documents are really complex, with tons of data, and nothing is better than CrossReferenceManager to keep the things under control; without it, you leave MS-Word the opportunity to run wild… and waste your time in so many ways!

Another point that I appreciate, is the capability to quickly add beautiful links, not only with the paragraphs numbers, but also with the page and to the title. Without CrossReferenceManager it would require ages, with CrossReferenceManager you do it in just one click.

Ing. Giovanni Becattini

Amministratore Delegato/Managing Director, AEP Ticketing Solutions, Italy

I bought CrossReferenceManager a few months ago and it's been a godsend as I prepare my PhD thesis for submission in July.

CrossReferenceManager is making a substantial contribution to my thesis by allowing me to produce detailed referencing that allows my supervisors (and later examiners) to follow my arguments better.

John Gray

Research Student at University of Lincoln, England

I purchased DocTools CrossReferenceManager and DocTools DocPropertyManager. These are awesome tools! They resolve some particular pain points and make me more efficient.

Jessica Davis

KL&A Proposal Manager