Add Interactive Links to PDF Documents - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

When viewing a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Creative Suite 5, you can add links for e-mail addresses, web addresses, and references to other pages. 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 View→Toolbars→Advanced Editing to display the Advanced Editing toolbar.

  2. Select the Link tool and then click and drag to select the region that you want to link to.

    The Create Link dialog box appears.

  3. 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 web site 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. Click Next and follow the instructions in the next dialog box before clicking OK.

The Link tool is relatively simple to use, but you may prefer to create links from text in another way: With the Selection tool, select the text, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) the selected text, and then choose Create Link from the contextual menu that appears.

You can have links transferred automatically from your original Microsoft Office documents when using PDF Maker.

You can edit links by choosing the Link tool and double-clicking the 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. On the Actions tab of the Link Properties dialog box, you can add, edit, or delete actions, just as you can with bookmarks.