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Adding hyperlinks

From: Up and Running with Acrobat XI

Video: Adding hyperlinks

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.

Adding hyperlinks

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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Up and Running with Acrobat XI

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Claudia McCue
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  1. 1m 3s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      16s
  2. 9m 13s
    1. Understanding the Portable Document Format
      1m 55s
    2. Comparing the three versions of Acrobat
      7m 18s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Navigating through documents
      4m 57s
    2. Changing the screen view
      7m 29s
    3. Understanding the Tool panels
      3m 45s
  4. 15m 45s
    1. Combining PDFs
      2m 57s
    2. Inserting pages
      2m 33s
    3. Replacing pages
      1m 59s
    4. Changing page order
      1m 29s
    5. Extracting pages
      1m 47s
    6. Creating portfolios
      5m 0s
  5. 16m 28s
    1. Creating PDFs from Word documents
      8m 20s
    2. Creating PDFs from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 5s
    3. Creating PDFs from Excel spreadsheets
      2m 0s
    4. Creating PDFs on a Mac
      3m 3s
  6. 14m 1s
    1. Converting web pages to PDFs
      3m 43s
    2. Scanning hard copy
      5m 27s
    3. Creating PDFs from text and image files
      1m 37s
    4. Converting selected areas of a document and clipboard contents into a PDF
      1m 49s
    5. Printing to PDF
      1m 25s
  7. 9m 43s
    1. Exporting PDF documents to Word
      3m 4s
    2. Exporting PDF documents to Excel
      1m 22s
    3. Exporting PDF documents to PowerPoint
      3m 0s
    4. Extracting images
      2m 17s
  8. 13m 21s
    1. Editing text
      3m 3s
    2. Editing graphics
      2m 38s
    3. Adding hyperlinks
      3m 23s
    4. Adding bookmarks
      4m 17s
  9. 17m 4s
    1. Adding annotations
      2m 32s
    2. Using drawing markups
      6m 48s
    3. Creating email reviews
      3m 26s
    4. Using shared reviews
      4m 18s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Understanding interactive forms
      2m 27s
    2. Creating forms from Word documents
      1m 56s
  11. 58s
    1. Next steps
      58s

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