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Add Hyperlinks to Your Document

To make navigating a PDF for your end users easier, you can add links. These links can be in the form of a table of contents or hyperlinks to web pages, and much more. Let’s take a look at creating a few types of links that will be used in the PDF.

  1. In your document, select the Type tool and select some text that you want to have a link on.
  2. Open the Hyperlinks panel by choosing Window > Interactive > Hyperlinks.
  3. With the text selected on the page in the Hyperlinks panel, in order to create a link to a URL (web page), enter the URL in the Hyperlinks panel like this: Http://www.somewebsite.com. Press Enter or Return to apply the link to the text (see Figure 4).
  4. Figure 4 Create a hyperlink to a website

  5. To edit properties for the link, double–click the name of the link in the Hyperlinks panel. In the Edit Hyperlink dialog box, you can change the appearance of the linked text in the PDF by applying a character style you’ve already created, or edit the appearance of the link (give the link a border around it, etc.).
  6. The type of hyperlinks you can create are listed in the Link To menu: URL, File, Email, Page, and Shared Destination. Each has a specific purpose. For instance, the Page option lets you link to a specific page within the same or another document. To learn more about each type, open InDesign Help (Help > InDesign Help) and search for “create hyperlinks” (see Figure 5).

    Figure 5 Edit the hyperlink options

  7. Click OK.
  8. Preview the link by opening the Preview panel (Window > Interactive > Preview) and clicking the Play Preview button in the lower-left corner of the panel. Then click on the link(s) to try them out.
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