How to Activate Email Addresses Inside PDF Documents

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You can activate an email address inside of a PDF document by creating an email link using the Adobe Acrobat Link Tool. Creating this link will allow users to simply click on an email address and bring up a blank email to send using their email program. Use the steps below to find out how you can use this process to activate your PDF email addresses.


Things You'll Need

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  • Adobe Acrobat 8

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Step 1

Start Adobe Acrobat and open a document to which you would like to activate an email address to become an actual link.


Step 2

Choose the "View" menu, point to "Toolbars" and select "Advanced Editing" to bring up the Advanced Editing toolbar onto the Acrobat screen.

Step 3

Click the "Link Tool" from the Advanced Editing toolbar to get a marquee tool that will allow you to select the text you want to change into a link.


Step 4

Use your mouse to click and drag over the email address that you want to create a as a link. Once selected, the "Create Link" dialog box will open.


Step 5

Select what type of appearance you would like the link to have by making selections from the "Link Type," "Highlight Style," "Line Thickness," "Line Style" and "Color" menu options.


Step 6

Choose "Open a Web Page" under the "Link Action" category. Click the "Next" button to move on to the next screen in the "Create Link" dialog box.

Step 7

Type "mailto:" (without the quotation marks), followed by the email address you would like to send to when the link is clicked. Click the "OK" button to close the dialog box and add the email link to your PDF document.



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