How to add a hyperlink in a PDF document

Simple to create, view, and share, PDF is one of the most popularly used formats in business. They are convenient to view on any digital device making them perfect for work done via the web.

PDF documents are an excellent way to share information. They are easy to read, edit and distribute. However, creating links within a PDF document can be tricky let us show you how.

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3 common ways to add hyperlinks on a PDF

Adding links to PDF file using Adobe Acrobat

You can create hyperlinks in PDF if you are using Adobe software. Adobe lets you edit PDF documents by adding and deleting sentences, adjusting the font size, and more. 
To create hyperlinks with a few clicks, follow these simple steps:

Time Required 5 minutes

  • Using Adobe, open a PDF document to add hyperlinks.
  • Choose “Tools” > “Edit PDF” > “Link” > “Add/Edit Web or Document Link” and then drag the rectangle to where you want to create the link.
  • Next, in the “Create Link” dialogue box, adjust the link appearance and select “Open a Web Page” for the link action. 
  • Last, click “File” > “Save” to save the PDF to add a hyperlink to the document.
  • Adding hyperlinks to PDF using Microsoft Word

    If you do not have Adobe, Microsoft Word will let you edit a PDF file as well.

    To add interactive links, follow these simple steps:

    1. Open Microsoft Word software and choose the PDF you would like to edit.
    2. After you import the file, select the area you want to be hyperlinked.
    3. Click “Insert” > “Links” group > “Hyperlink”.
    4. Enter the web address in the “Address” box and export your document as a PDF.

    Adding hyperlinks to PDF using Google Docs

    Google Docs is one of the popular tools to create PDF documents and add hyperlinks. 

    To add a link to your PDF, follow these simple steps:

    1. Open a Google doc and create the content of your PDF
    2. Next, select the word or phrase you want to be hyperlinked.
    3. Click the “insert” link button and enter the destination URL, and click “OK”.
    4. To convert the doc to PDF, simply click “File”, then “Download as” and select “PDF Document”.

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    Why add hyperlinks to PDF documents?

    Hyperlinks are commonly used as references to other pages. But the intention of the document will ascertain the need to add hyperlinks to the PDF.

    For example, you may want to add a clickable table of contents to your ebooks, cite outside resources for your article, or quickly navigate the reader to a different page on the website to get more information on a subject.

    The reasons to add hyperlinks to PDF can be many, but how you do it depends on the platform you are using, such as Adobe, Word, Google Docs, and others.

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