Adobe Acrobat Professional 8 Guide
How to Create Links and Buttons
In Acrobat, links and buttons are useful tools for increasing the interactivity of a PDF document.
Links, or hyperlinks, let readers go instantly from one place in a document to nearly any other location, whether that
location is on the same page, in the same document, in a different document, or even on the World Wide Web.
Links are very useful for ensuring that your readers have immediate access to related information. Links can be
visible or hidden and—like bookmarks and buttons—can also initiate actions.
Buttons, most commonly associated with forms, are visual objects you can add to any type of PDF document.
Buttons can add interactivity by initiating a single action or series of actions and can be copied across multiple
pages of a document. Buttons can also display alternate appearances and activate different actions depending on
mouse behaviors such as Mouse Down (a click) and Mouse Up (release after a click).
To create a link by using the Link tool:
1. Navigate to the location in the document from which
you want to link.
2. From the main menu, select View > Toolbars >
The Advanced Editing toolbar appears (Figure 1).
3. Click the Link tool. The pointer changes to a cross
hair when placed over the document window, and any
existing links are temporarily visible.
4. Drag to create a rectangle that defines the active area
of the link.
5. In the Create Link dialog box, select the settings you
want for the link appearance (Figure 2).
6. To set the Link Action, do one of the following:
Select Go To A Page View and click Next. Navigate
to the target location, adjust the view (magnification),
and click Set Link.
Select Open A File and click Next. Browse to and
select the destination file and click Select. If the file is
an Adobe PDF document, specify how the document
should open. Click OK.
Select Open A Web Page, click Next, and provide the
URL of the destination web page. Click OK.
Select Custom Link and click Next to open the Link
Properties dialog box. Here you can set actions
associated with the link. Click OK.
Figure 1 Advanced Editing toolbar
Figure 2 Create Link dialog box
Select Object tool
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