How Do I Remove Links in Adobe Acrobat?

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.

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Remove links from a PDF in Adobe Acrobat.
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Remove Qualified Links

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

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Go to "Edit Text & Images."
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Select a link.
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Select the link that you want to remove from the file.

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

Remove Embedded Links

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

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

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Click "Yes."
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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.

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Specify the links to delete.
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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

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

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Go to "Edit."
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Click "Yes."
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Click "Yes" to detect the form fields.

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

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Go to the "Actions" tab.
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Select the "Actions" tab.

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Disable the link.
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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."