how to hyperlink PDF

UPDATE: Now you can just upload your 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. Let me present you three simple and smart ways in which you can hyperlink a PDF with Flipsnack:

hyperlink a PDF

Hyperlink layer. Once you have uploaded the PDF on our platform, go to our editor and select Link -> Hyperlink to create a new hyperlink layer. Place it over the element which you want to become clickable, insert the link in the URL section, and modify the opacity of the layer as you prefer.

Direct link on the element. Any element introduced in the PDF with the Flipsnack editor can become clickable. Just select the element and insert the desired link in the URL section, as in this example. It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

Auto-create web links. Do you have many links in your PDF and you would like them to be clickable in the digital version, too? No problem. Upload the PDF in Flipsnack, go to the Customize tab, and check the “Auto-create web links” feature. In this way, the links will become clickable automatically. But don’t believe me, upload your PDF and try it yourself!

How to hyperlink a PDF in Google Docs:

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

How to hyperlink a PDF in Word

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

How to hyperlink a PDF in InDesign

  1. Open the document that you want to add a hyperlink to.
  2. Choose Window→Interactive→Hyperlinks to open the Hyperlinks panel.
  3. Select the text, image or area that you want to hyperlink.
  4. 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.
  5. Make sure that the Hyperlinks check box is selected in the Export PDF dialog box when you create the PDF file.
InDesign add hyperlink

How to hyperlink a PDF in 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.
Adobe Acrobat PRO hyperlink

Here’s an example of a Flipsnack with hyperlinks in it. Now, that you know how you can make one yourself, which option is your favorite?

Also, if you’re interested in adding internal links in your PDF files, check out our other article that teaches you how to link to other pages from within your document.

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Join the conversation! 45 Comments

  1. 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?

    • 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.

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

    • 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)

  3. 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?

    • 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?

  4. 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?

    • 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. (

  5. 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.

    • 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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?

  8. 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

    • 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] Just send me the PDF and the link to your flipbook.

  9. Thank you for sharing this simple but useful tips Jani.

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

  11. 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 Its worth a look.

  12. I’m not a developer, i always use this free online attach pdf to html from

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

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

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

  16. 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?

  17. 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

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

  18. Hi, Good post, One help though.
    I have a PDF document uploaded on website which I want to turn online when clicked.. Is this option available on website? If so, please advise how. Thank you.

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

  20. wow this trick is amazing. keep posting more

  21. earlier I ‘ve used MS word hyperlinks but pdf hyperlinks were quite new for me. thx for sharing

  22. very helpfull post thanks for the share

  23. Please how can I make pdf attachment open as webpage link

  24. Yes what i use quite often is : Highlighted anchor text here. Its easy to use. what u suggest?

  25. perfect JANI keep going ………. your the best teacher ever

  26. Hey, thanks for helpful suggestions, well done. You can update the post with Keynote (the software is free as far as I know when you buy a mac). Hyperlinks can be added to text and images – right click and select from the dropdown menu Add Link > Slide / Webpage / Email.
    Next select File > Export to PDF.
    Check out Keynote for mobile devices as well, I’ve never used it that way myself, but it should be able to generate PDFs with Hyperlinks.

  27. How do I do it on OpenOffice, if you can?

    • You certainly can.
      First, select the text that you want to hyperlink.
      Then, click “insert” in the top menu and select Hyperlink.
      Enter the URL of the site that you want to link to in the Target field.

      If you want to also export the file in PDF format, go the File (top menu) -> Export as PDF.
      Select the destination folder where you want to save the file and edit the name if you wish.

      That’s all!

  28. Good one. I’ll make use of it.

  29. Hi, Thank you for sharing your ideas. You are directly on point and you articulated
    your opinion well. I tweeted the post as well as placed a link on my
    Reddit post. I really appreciate it!

    Keep doing what you do best. Shalom…

  30. Howdy ad!
    Thank you for your sharing this simple but useful tips Jani.
    Good luck!


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