How to Add Interactive Links to an Acrobat CS6 Document

When viewing a PDF file electronically in Acrobat CS6, you can add links for e-mail addresses, web addresses, and references to other pages. Unlike bookmarks which are neatly organized in a panel, links are attached to a region of a page, which you identify with the Link tool.

To add an interactive link to your PDF document, follow these steps:

  1. Locate an area of a page where you want to add a link and then choose Tools→Content→Link.

  2. Using the Link tool, click and drag to select the region where the user will click to activate the link.

    The Create Link dialog box appears.

  3. In the Link Action section of the Create Link dialog box, choose an action that the link will perform:

    • Go to a Page View: This option is the default, where you can scroll to the page that is the destination of the link.

    • Open a File: Alternatively, you can choose to link to another file; click the Browse button to locate the file.

    • Open a web Page: If you choose this option, you’re choosing to link to a web address. In the Address text box, enter the complete address of the website to which the link should direct viewers. To create a link to an e-mail address, type mailto: followed by an e-mail address. (Note that mailto: is all one word.)

    • Custom Link: Use this option to choose from other types of links in the Link Properties dialog box.

  4. Set the appearance of the link, such as visible or invisible.

  5. Click Next and follow the instructions in the next dialog box before clicking OK.

    The instructions have you navigate to the intended destination of the link, which you should do before clicking OK.

Although the Link tool is relatively simple to use, you may prefer to create links from text using the Selection tool. To do so, click and drag to select the text that will become a link, then right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac), and choose Create Link from the contextual menu that appears.

You can also have links transferred automatically from your original Microsoft Office documents when using PDF Maker, or from Adobe InDesign if you use the hyperlinks panel within InDesign to create the links.

You can edit links by choosing the Link tool and double-clicking the existing link to open the Link Properties dialog box.

While editing a link, you can change how it’s presented in the Appearance tab. Make a link invisible or add a border to the link, such as a blue border that commonly is used to define hyperlinks. On the Actions tab of the Link Properties dialog box, you can add, edit, or delete actions, just as you can with bookmarks.

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