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yannick's avatar

Is it possible to have a link to a certain point in a .pdf file?

Asked by yannick (985points) September 15th, 2008

I know you can do it with html with <a id=“whatever”> and then <a href=”#whatever”> (am I right?) but I was wondering if there was a way to do this with a link into a pdf file for browsers that are capable of viewing the file without opening it in Adobe or whatever.

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Bri_L's avatar

do you mean a web link?
or in the same document?
because you can do both inside the pdf

yannick's avatar

Sorry, what I mean was can I have a link on a page that, when clicked, takes you to particular spot in a pdf as opposed to simply taking you to the top of the pdf?

windex's avatar

I don’t know how that would work.

8.5×11 : that’s pretty much just the screen (unless you want like 8 gjzillion zoom level)

multipage PDF : Go to page x?

Do you want it ZOOMED like 500 percent and show x y coordinates or…

I think it MIGHT depend on the Acrobat reader settings the user has (previous document opened at 100%, or fit horizontally/vertically etc. (I guuuuuesss you could force that…)

Bri_L's avatar

Create and link a destination

You can create a link to a destination in the same or another PDF.

In the target document (destination), choose View > Navigation Panels > Destinations. If the document already includes a destination that you want to link to, skip to step 5.

Navigate to the location where you want to create a destination, and set the desired view.

In the Destinations panel, choose New Destination from the Options menu, and name the destination.

Save the target document.

In the source document (where you want to create the link), choose Tools > Advanced Editing > Link tool , and drag a rectangle to specify a location for the link.

In the Create Link dialog box, set the link appearance, select Go To A Page View, and then click Next.

In the target document, in the Destinations panel, double-click the destination.

Save the source document.

Bri_L's avatar

THis works for within the document or from document to document

I got the instructions out of the Acrobat Professional Help so the spelling would be correct.

bluemukaki's avatar

You can also do this in most Word Processors, if you insert bookmarks in Pages or Word and then create a link to a Bookmark within that document, when you export it as a PDF document, those links will continue to function.

In Pages, choose the point where you want to insert a bookmark and then go Insert> Bookmark.

Choose the ‘link’ part of your document, highlight the text and then click on the Link options in the inspector pane. You can then select a Bookmark from the document and make that link skip to the bookmark when clicked.

Then just save the file as a PDF.

yannick's avatar

Sweet thanks everyone :)

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