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In this catalog, there is some text that implies it's a hyperlink. If I zoom in on the top of the page, this is supposed to be a hyperlink to this academy. But notice my cursor doesn't change. It's not a clickable hyperlink. So, whoever created this file didn't make those into live links. But I can easily fix that. Now, to save myself of some typing, I'm going to select this text with my Selection tool and I'm copy that to the clipboard. That gets me ready for the next part. Over under Tools, I choose Content Editing, and I choose this option, Add or Edit Link.
So, selecting the text doesn't turn it into a link; that was just to save me some of typing. So, once I have chosen the Link tool, when I move into the page, my cursor becomes a little crosshair, and I'm just going to click and drag and make sort of a little hotspot around this. You want to make it big enough that it's easily click. You don't want to make it so big that it runs into something else. So, that looks like a comfortable size. Once I release my mouse button then the Create Link dialog comes up. Link Type, your choices are Visible Rectangle or Invisible Rectangle. Now, the Visible Rectangle is going to make a little rim, or a the little stroke around it, and we don't want that, so I'm going to choose Invisible Rectangle.
For Highlight Style, what does that mean? And here are my options. When the user clicks on that little hotspot and exercises that link, there's a moment where there can be some visual feedback. If you choose None, nothing happens except that the link is active. Invert makes it turn negative, just for an instant. Outline just shows the rim of that hotspot area, and Inset makes it look sort of like you've pushed a button into the page. I'm a big fan of visual feedback. It tells the user that they clicked on something that's live, that they should expect something to happen.
So, I'm going to choose Insert, just because it's kind of cute. And then a link can do more than just go to a URL. It could go to a page view, which is just a spot in the document that you've preset. You can open a file, which could be any kind of file except in an executable. So, you can't open an application with that. But for instance, if I, say, open a file and I linked it to a word file, Word would launch an then I'd view that file. Open a web page, which is what we want. So, I'm going to choose Open a web page, and when I click Next, it says what's the URL? So, I have part of it that I won't have to type, so I'm just going to type the first part and then the www and then paste, and there we go.
It's a good idea to do that, to copy that text. It makes sure you don't make any typographical errors in the link, and there we go. So, now when I switch back to the Hand tool and click on this, you will notice that the cursor changes to the little w, and that means that it's been launch a web browser and it's going to take me to that website. So, it's better if you don't have to do this after the fact, but it's very easy to do. So, just remember, it's under Content Editing and it's Add or Edit link. So, let's see the second part of that. We have done the add. What does the edit do? Well, if there's a problem with this URL, all I have to do is double-click, go back in here, and you notice that the dialog looks a little bit different. Under Actions, if that's the wrong URL, then I can click on Open a web link, choose Edit, and if it turns out that maybe there's an extra letter in there or some such, then I can correct it, click ok, and now it's repaired.
And now this is going to work for anybody who opens up this PDF. They have a quick link to the website, and they can get the information that they need.
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