How to Create Internal Links in PDFs with Adobe Acrobat


Hello, my name is Erin. I’m a
professional copy editor who shares writing tips for the real world on my
blog at ErinWrightWriting.com. Today’s tutorial explains how to create
internal links in PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. My last software tutorial showed how to create external links in PDFs. Although the two processes are
similar, the steps for creating internal links are a bit more complex. Please note that Adobe’s free PDF software, Acrobat Reader, doesn’t have a tool for creating
links. If you need to create links but don’t have access to Acrobat, create the document with the links in Microsoft Word, and then convert the Word file to a
PDF. To begin, select the Tools tab. Then, select the Edit PDF icon in the tools pane. Next, select the Link down arrow in
the Edit PDF toolbar, followed by Add or Edit Web or Document Link from the drop-down menu. Your selection cursor, which looks like an arrow, will turn into a cross-hair style cursor. Left click and hold as you use the cross-hair style cursor to drag a rectangle around the text you want to turn into an internal link. When the Create Link dialog box appears, select Invisible Rectangle or
Visible Rectangle from the Link Type drop-down menu. The invisible rectangle will be appropriate for most PDFs. If you choose a visible rectangle, you can also select the line style, thickness, and color from the create link dialog box. Next, select Go to a pageview in the Link Action section and select the next
button. The Create Go to View dialog box will appear. Scroll to the part of the document you want to link to. The Create Go to View dialog box will remain on the screen while you scroll. Note that you are creating a link to the part of the document visible on your screen rather than to specific text. When the part of the document you want to link to is visible on your screen, select the Set Link button on the Create Go to View dialog box. After you select the Set Link button, Acrobat will return to the text you linked to earlier. If you chose Invisible Rectangle in the Create Link dialog box, you’ll see a rectangle around
the link you created until you close the edit PDF toolbar. The rectangle won’t reappear when you open the toolbar. To ensure that your internal link is
working correctly, select the Selection cursor, which looks like an arrow, then click the link to ensure that it takes you to the correct location in your document. Note that the link you created won’t
work unless you select the Selection cursor or the Edit PDF toolbar is closed. If your link is functioning correctly, save your document. The transcript for this tutorial appears on ErinWrightWriting.com, which is linked below along with my Adobe Acrobat playlist. Feel free to leave me a comment if you have a question about Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat that you’d like me to address in
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9 thoughts on “How to Create Internal Links in PDFs with Adobe Acrobat

  1. Hi, Erin. Very nice work you do. I have a question regarding this Internal Link process. Is it possible, in some simple way, to "reverse" the jump so someone can go to the linked page and then jump back to where they started to continue reading without having to manual scroll back? I realize I could create a "Go Back" link on each page, but that wouldn't work for everyone. "Go Back" where? Some folks would have landed on that page from any other page where a jump link was embedded.

  2. Quick question. We have a 400 page PDF and would like to add a "Return to Table of Contents" link at the bottom of every page. Is there an efficient way to accomplish this or do we need to add links to every page. I was hoping to be able to add a link in a footer or something like that… but I haven't been successful yet.

  3. This video is the best thing to be rewarded with, after searching for a guide for more than 24 hours.
    N.B. I do not write comments for anyone and this is my first comment on youtube although I had my account here since 2009. You deserve the best Erin. Thank Yoooooooou, this helped me a lot.

  4. Nice tutorial….Is it possible, when the cursor is on the link…we will give highlight (color) the link button? So user can identify the where to click.
    Please do the needful…thanks

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