4 ways to hyperlink a PDF. External links.

Jani / Tips and tutorials / October 12th, 2012 / 26 Comments »

UPDATE: Now you can just upload the PDF in FlipSnack and add the links within our editor. No need to install anything on your computer or learn how a new complicated software works. Here’s a link to an article that tells you how it works.

But if you still want to make a PDF with links that will stay clickable in FlipSnack, you have more than one option, actually. I will present you 3 options, but there are more than 4 ways to do this, of course.


Option 1 – Google Docs

– I suggest you gather all your information in a Google doc. All you need is a Google account, and it’s free.
– Select the word or phrase you want to be hyperlinked
– Go to insert link buttonLink button
– Write the destination URL, click Ok.
– Turn your doc to PDF (Click File, then Download as and select PDF Document)


Option 2 – Word

– Just like with Google Docs, you have to first select the word, phrase or image you want to be hyperlinked.
– On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Hyperlink Hyperlink button.
– Select Existing File or Web Page under Link to, and then type the web address in the Address box. Done!
– Export your document as PDF. Go to FileSave asAdobe PDF


Option 3 – In Design

– Open the document that you want to add a hyperlink to.
– Choose Window→Interactive→Hyperlinks to open the Hyperlinks panel.
– Select the text, image or area that you want to hyperlink.
– Click Create New Hyperlink in the Hyperlinks panel. It will open a New Hyperlink dialog box. – Make sure that URL is selected in the Type drop-down list and write the URL in the URL text field. Choose an appearance for the clickable text, then click OK.
– Make sure that the Hyperlinks check box is selected in the Export PDF dialog box when you create the PDF file.


Option 4 – Adobe Acrobat Pro XI

  1. Choose Tools > Content editing > Add or Edit Link.
  2. Select the area that you want to hyperlink.
  3. In the Create Link dialog box, choose the options you want for the link appearance and select “Open a Web Page” for the link action.
  4. Click Next and enter the link.
  5. Click Ok.


Here’s an example of a FlipSnack with hyperlinks in it, and now you know how you can make one yourself. What option is your favorite?

26 Responses to “4 ways to hyperlink a PDF. External links.”

  1. Hugh Mungus says:

    Is there any way to create a link that I could use in a website or an email that would take me directly to a specific page of a specific flipbook within a collection?

    For instance, let’s say that I wanted to cite a particular article in a ezine published as a flipbook and there were several issues of the ezine in a given collection. Could I create a link that could be embedded in an email or a web page that takes someone directly to that article? Or would it only be possible to take him to the webpage that houses the collection, then describe verbally which issue they need to open and which page they need to visit to find the desired article?

    If it is possible to give a direct link to a specified page of a specified flipbook, could you please describe how to do it, ideally in your FAQ so that it is available to everyone?

  2. Jani says:

    Hey there Hugh! I get what you’re saying, and I admit that linking to a specific page from a flip book collection is a great idea! However, that’s not possible. If you want the readers to go to a certain article, you just have to tell them the flip book and the page where it is published.

  3. Chuck says:

    The example with links won’t allow me to click on the links when reading on iPad. Is this not available for iPad?

  4. Jani says:

    Hello Chuck! Only a flash player can “read” links in a SWF. On iPads, each page of the flip book is displayed as an image (and you know, you can’t insert links in images)

  5. George Churilla says:

    I want to play a video from within Flipsnack. According to customer support you do not support this feature. Any ideas on how I could do this with a hyperlink?

  6. Jani says:

    That’s right! That feature isn’t supported in FlipSnack yet, but it’s something we’re working on. Until the release, you can insert an image of the video (a print screen) and hyperlink it. What PDF creator are you using?

  7. ismael says:

    You guys have any problems with hyperlinks done on indesign? they work fine but when i upload to flipsnack they dont work. i went on live chat and they said they dont know why it wont work and to use the editor you guys provide but thats like 100 products i have to relink…. is there a way to fix this?

  8. Jani says:

    Hi Ismael, please send us the PDF and the flipbook link via email. Indesign hyperlinks work in our app, so we need to take a closer look at your pdf and flipbook to see what’s wrong. (contact@snacktools.com)

  9. Mark Kalyegira says:

    How do i convert my Flipsnack publication into a format that can be supported my Microsoft Word because that is the format in which i have to do my work in. Please assist me in this area.

  10. Jani says:

    You won’t be able to turn your FlipSnack publication into a Microsoft Word file.
    You can, however, turn your .doc or .docx files into .pdf files and then upload them on FlipSnack.

  11. Jon Loveless says:

    We are anxious to get your update that creates html output rather than flash. I think I read that you expected it in 2016. Can you narrow that down for me?

  12. Jani says:

    It will be in the first quarter of the year.

  13. Nana Fitriana says:

    can I ask something?
    I want to create a link in a pdf document that link/take me directly to a specific page in another pdf document. for example, in document A page 3 there is a link that I want to link to page 7 in document B. Do you know how can I do it? Is that possible?

  14. Jani says:

    Hi Nana, if both documents are on your computer (not hosted on a website), you can’t link from one to the other. But if they are hosted online, it’s possible. Just add #page=[page number] to the end of the link’s URL.

    For example, when you click this link http://skola.amoskadan.cz/s_aj/AJpdf/atpdf/at09.pdf#page=8, the destination PDF opens directly at page 8. (it works in most browsers)
    Hope this helps!

  15. Natalie says:

    Hello, I created a free account so that I can hyperlink within a pdf that I created in word. I’ve hyperlinked everything and now I simply want to download the file to my computer so that I can send the document to clients. I don’t want the document to be public on your site or to your audiences. How do I proceed? Thank you

  16. Jani says:

    Hi Natalie, you can publish your file as “unlisted” This way, it will not be featured anywhere on our website.
    Unfortunately, the links that you’ve added in Flipsnack will not appear in the PDF when you download it. We’re going to work on that, but right now it’s not possible. But don’t worry, I can help you with your links, if you email me: jani [at] flipsnack.com. Just send me the PDF and the link to your flipbook.

  17. Antariksa says:

    Thank you for sharing this simple but useful tips Jani.

  18. Peter says:

    Thanks for your post! It’s quite useful guide for me.

  19. Catiane says:

    I found a windows App that will search PDFs for given strings and place links over them automatically. It would be great for someone with lots of pages or strings to search for. It can also search for product numbers by mask and add links that way, like for product catalogs. It can work in bulk, so for batch operations would be useful. the site for it is product2opencart.com. Its worth a look.

  20. zoedtdt says:

    I’m not a developer, i always use this free online attach pdf to html from pdfcoding.com http://www.pdfcoding.com/online/pdf/convert-pdf-to-html-files/.

  21. Hitch-Hikers Handbook says:

    Thanks! Very helpful! The Google Docs trick worked perfectly for me!

  22. 4Shared says:

    Thank you! Very useful. Is there a way to create hyperlinks via relative tags?

  23. james Stier says:

    I found word is the best for me, Google docs is also awesome.

  24. Bruce says:

    Hi Jani – I am attempting convert a piece of text within an outgoing Gmail email into a hyperlink to a pdf file. I understand how to apply a web page link to text within Gmail, but can’t figure out how to create a Gmail hyperlink directly to a pdf file. Do you know a way to do this?

  25. Steve Harris, CEBS says:

    Hi guys … We want to continue using Word for our proposals … but we want to be able to measure click throughs which would indicate a level of interest on the content from our buyers. Any ideas on the best way to accomplish this … Steve

  26. Jani says:

    After you convert your word document to PDF, you should upload it to our platform, flipsnack.com. We offer advanced statistics that include link clicks. So this would be an easy option

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