How to Create Active Links in PDF Documents

Portable Document Format (PDF) files are sent electronically to others, whether published to a webpage or distributed via email. That’s why it’s important to create working links that will allow users to view relevant webpages simply by clicking a hyperlink directly from the PDF file. You can do this in Adobe Acrobat, the software used to create and edit PDF files.

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Create active links in PDF files using Adobe Acrobat.

Create New Link

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Open a PDF document in Adobe Acrobat.

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Click the “Tools” menu.

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Select “Advanced Editing,” then “Link Tool.” The “Link Tool” also is accessible in the Advanced Editing toolbar.

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Scroll to an area on the document where you want to create an active link.

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Click and drag your cursor to draw a rectangle. This is where the link will become active. The “Create Link Dialog Box” will appear.

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Select “Open a Web Page” to enter a URL for the link. Here you can also choose to link to a page or another file. Select any other options for the link display. Click “OK.”

Create Link from a Selection

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Open a PDF document in Adobe Acrobat.

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Click the “Tools” menu.

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Select “Select & Zoom.” Select either the “Select” tool or the “Snapshot” tool. Either will work.

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Click and drag to select text or an image in the document that you want to use for a link.

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Right-click and select “Create Link.” Set the link options in the dialog box.