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Creating hyperlinks in your InDesign document is a pretty simple task, but if your document has lots of hyperlinks, you might save yourself some time and drudgery by having InDesign find all the URLs in your document and automatically make them into live hyperlinks. But just be aware that this feature does have a pretty big flaw. The convert URLs to hyperlinks feature is a lot like InDesign's standard Find/Change, and it will find any URLs lurking in your documents. In fact, it might be trying a little too hard to find URLs and it'll end up making hyperlinks out of lots of things that aren't really URLs.
So for example, here have a text frame in my document and I have some things that really look like URLs with .com, org, .biz, and so forth, and then I have some other things. I'll zoom in and here I have InDesign.InDesign, InDesign.zz. I have some file names. I have an email address. And here I just have a simple typo where I forgot to put a space after the period. So let's zoom out a little bit, and we will go to the Hyperlinks panel and choose Convert URLs to Hyperlinks.
In the dialog box, I can set the Scope, so I can choose Document or if I have a text frame selected, I can Search that story or if I have a range of text selected, I can search just the selection. I will keep it on Document. I can have InDesign apply character style to all the things it thinks are URLs, and then I can click Find to navigate to the next suspected URL. In this case, it's down here: www.rouxacademy.com. I am going to click Convert All and have InDesign convert everything it thinks is a URL into a hyperlink.
It goes to the document. it tells me how many it found. I will click OK, close the dialog box, and now let's take a look in the Hyperlinks panel and see what we found. rouxacademy.com. So far so good. InDesign.com, InDesign.org, InDesign.bizz. But now once I get down here, it found InDesign.InDesign and thinks that's a hyperlink and so forth. InDesign.zz, it found the file names. Here's actually a little bit of good news: it did find the email address and created a mailto link, so this would actually work.
If someone clicked on this, it would open your mail client and allow you to send email from that link. It found typos and other file names. So the point here is the Convert URLs to Hyperlinks feature can be a timesaver, especially when you have a document with lots of hyperlinks to make, but just be aware that it can find lots of things that aren't really URLs.
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