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The More You Know: Adding Hyperlinks to PDFs

At times it can be useful to add hyperlinks to your PDF document. You might want to direct readers to a specific page in your document, or a separate document altogether. We had a recent request in the forum asking how to use hyperlinks. So we thought we would create a quick tutorial to demonstrate this in today’s blog post. Let’s get started!


First, to access the hyperlink tool, go to the “Edit” tab > “Link.” 

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Then, to start the process, use your cursor to draw a box over the area you want to add a link to. If people hover their mouse in that area, they will now be able to click it and go to the link location. 

There are three different link actions to choose from: go to page view, open file, or open web page.

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Go to page view 
This option has previously been covered in a past blog post. People tend to use this feature to build a table of contents. But you can also use it for other scenarios, such as building a form or survey. You have the option to skip certain parts as well.

Open File 
Once you’ve finished creating your link box using your mouse, make sure you select the correct “Open File” option in the drop-down menu to proceed. Click “Add” when you are done, and a pop-up window will appear where you can browse for the file.

Aside from editing the file that you want to link to, you can also edit the appearance of the link box by opting to have the bounding box visible (link type). If you want the box to be visible, you can also adjust the line style, highlight style, line thickness, and color if you’d like.

If you decide you’d rather have your users open the link as a web page, you can also edit that as well.

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Note: if you choose to link to a file, you can only open a file on your own computer. If you send someone a hyperlink to open a file, but the file is not present on their computer, they will not be able to access it. 

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Open Web Page 
Similar to the “Open File” option, you’ll need to draw a box with your mouse, and then select the “Open Web page” option from theright hand
side, and then press “Add”. 

To save, make sure that you’re done tweaking all the appearance options and de-select the “Link” button on the top ribbon. 

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There you have it! This is how you set up hyperlinks in PDFelement. This tutorial was demonstrated on Mac, but the functions are similar – if not identical – on Windows. For example, on Windows, the actions appear on a pop-up window as opposed to a drop-down menu. 

Any questions or tutorial requests? Let us know in the comments below! 

We also have an online forum where you can get your PDFelement questions answered. See you there! 
 

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