How to Add a URL to a PDF (Acrobat) Document

By Techwalla Computers Editor

PDFs can be viewed either after downloading to hard disk, or over the Web. With an Internet connection, you can make a document even richer by embedding Web links in your PDF. To create PDFs (Acrobat documents), you need the full version of Acrobat, which includes the Distiller - not just the free Acrobat Reader.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

Step 1

Click the Link tool (the tool that looks like a chain), or choose Link from the Tools menu.

Step 2

Use the Link tool to draw a frame around the text or area you want to make into the Web link.

Step 3

Choose World Wide Web from the Type menu.

Step 4

Click Edit URL, then type a location in the "Enter a URL for this link" field. Be certain you add "http://" before the location. For example, instead of typing "," you'd type ""

Step 5

Click Set Link to close the Link Properties dialog box.

Step 6

Choose the hand tool to test your link. Click the linkable area (your cursor should change in appearance) and check the link.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also create a button in Acrobat, instead of just making an area of the document clickable. You'll need to use the Form tool to do this. (See "How to Create Buttons in a PDF (Acrobat) Document," under Related eHows, to learn how.)