How to insert internal links in PDF files

By |Published On: October 16th, 2012|Categories: Tutorials|

UPDATE: Now you can use Flipsnack’s online editor to add internal links in your PDF flipbooks or magazines.

We’ve recently presented 4 ways to hyperlink a PDF and now it’s time to talk about internal links in PDFs. Internal links are references to other sections of the same document. For example, you can have a page of contents in your PDF, where you link each chapter title to the page where it begins.

This is something that you can do in many programs, but today I’ll only show you how to do it with InDesign and Word.


InDesign is probably the most used tool, for creating publications such as magazines, catalogs, books and even photo albums.

  1. From the View menu, select Extras and click Show Hyperlinks to open the hyperlink panel.
  2. Select the object or text you want to use as the anchor for the hyperlink
  3. Click New Hyperlink from the hyperlinks panel and select Page from the Link To menu. Type the page you want to link to in the Page section, then select Fixed for the Zoom Setting.
  4. Click OK to finish.


  1. Select the text or item you want to link to.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Bookmark and type a name for your bookmark. Click Add.
  3. Select the text or object that you want to display as the hyperlink. Right-click and select Hyperlink on the shortcut menu.
  4. Under Link to, click Place in This Document and in the list, select the bookmark that you want to link to.
    Export your document as PDF. Go to File – Save as – Adobe PDF

Now that you have your PDF with hyperlinks, upload it on Flipsnack and make a beautiful flipbook!

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