How Do I Remove Links in Adobe Acrobat?

By Zicheng Ren

Use Adobe Acrobat XI to manage the links in your PDF files. There are several ways to remove links from PDFs. Delete Full, Partial or Unqualified links -- those links that are simply a URL typed into the PDF -- by selecting them in Edit and deleting the text. For Embedded links -- clickable links in a PDF -- you can remove all of the links from a range of pages or the whole document. If you don't want to entirely remove Embedded links, you can also disable their link Action, leaving the URL in the document.

Remove Qualified Links

Step 1

Click "Tools" in Adobe Acrobat and select "Edit Text & Images."

Step 2

Select the link that you want to remove from the file.

Step 3

Press "Delete" or "Backspace" on your keyboard to delete the link.

Remove Embedded Links

Step 1

Click the "Show or hide panels" button and select "Document Processing" from the drop-down list to enable document processing options.

Step 2

Click "Tools" and select "Remove All Links" from the Document Processing drop-down menu.

Step 3

Click "Yes" to proceed. Note that you cannot undo this process. However, if you have deleted all of the links but have not yet saved the file, you can close the file without saving to preserve the links in the original file.

Step 4

Choose the page(s) that have links that you want to delete, or choose "All." When you have finished, click "OK."

Delete Web Link Actions

Step 1

Click "Tools" and choose "Edit" from the "Forms" drop-down menu.

Step 2

Click "Yes" to detect the form fields.

Step 3

Right-click a link you want to disable and choose "Properties..." from the menu.

Step 4

Select the "Actions" tab.

Step 5

Select the Action "Open a web link" and click "Delete." This disables the link in the form. When the user tries to click the link, it will no longer connect to the internet. Click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have Adobe Acrobat XI, you can use a free program such as [Foxit: Foxit PhantomPDF™ Standard 7](http://www.foxitsoftware.com/PDF_Editor/), [PDFedit](http://pdfedit.cz/en/index.html) or [PDF Buddy](https://www.pdfbuddy.com/) to edit your PDFs.