Tips & Tricks

Creating PDF Page Links

September 07, 2004


Editor's Note: The following is excerpted, published with the expressed permission of the author and publisher, from an introductory chapter of "Adobe Acrobat 6: Complete Course" book.

In addition to the tools used for navigation in the Status Bar, you can add interactive elements to a PDF document to assist a user in navigating pages in open PDF documents and in navigating among a collection of different PDF documents. The Link tool is used to create hyperactive links. In this segment you learn how to add interactive links with the Link tool.

  1. Download cb_annualReport_finish.pdf [PDF: 0.8 MB]
  2. Open cb_annualReport_finish.pdf in Acrobat.
  3. Click the Link tool.
  4. Draw a link rectangle around the first image thumbnail (top-left side of the thumbnail images on the cover page).
    The Create Link dialog box opens.
  5. Type 3 in the field box below the Open a Page in This Document item.
    By default, the radio button is selected for Open a Page in This Document.


  1. Click OK in the Create Link dialog box.
    The rectangle you draw with the Link tool becomes the hot spot for the page link. To invoke the link action, you click the Hand tool and click the link. Page 3 opens in the Document pane after clicking the link.
  2. Repeat the same steps to add links for pages 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13 following an order down the first column and then down the second column of thumbnail images.

TIP: The thumbnail images match the images on the respective pages. You can scroll the thumbnails in the Pages panel to see the pages that match the images on the cover page. Use the page numbers at the bottom of each page thumbnail if you are confused about setting the link to the correct page.

  1. Click the Pages tab to close the Pages panel.
  2. Click the Save button to update your edits.

This tip is excerpted, published with the expressed permission of the author and publisher, from an introductory chapter of "Adobe Acrobat 6: Complete Course" by Ted Padova, published by Wiley Publishing, Copyright 2004 Wiley Publishing.

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