How to Save as a PDF With Hyperlinks

by Lanae Carr
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Business owners often upload important documents or fillable customer forms as PDFs to a website, since this file format can be opened on any computer with Internet capability. One of the benefits of using a PDF file is that recipients of the file can modify only the areas of the document that you allow. For example, when creating PDF forms or other documents that require action on the part of the recipient, an email address or website hyperlink can be inserted to give users further instructions on how to use the document.

Step 1

Open the document you wish to save as PDF.

Step 2

Select the text you wish to hyperlink. Typically, this text is an email or Web address. Text such as "Click Here" also can be hyperlinked.

Step 3

Click "Insert" or "Tools" on the main toolbar of your word processing software. Click "Hyperlink" from the drop-down menu. A dialog box will open with the option to link to an existing website, place a link in the current document, place a link in a new document file or put a link in an email address.

Step 4

Click the button next to the position where you want the hyperlink to appear. Insert the URL or email address of the link destination. Click "OK" to save your hyperlink settings.

Click "File" then "Save As" on the drop-down menu. When the "Save As" dialog box opens, choose "PDF" as the file type. Insert the name of the file. When you open the new PDF file, your hyperlinks will be active.


  • Test your PDF hyperlinks before distributing them to others. Typos frequently cause broken links or may direct users to the wrong website.


  • Ensure the conversion settings in your document are set to transfer your hyperlinks to Adobe PDF. Click the Adobe PDF "Change conversion settings" from the main toolbar. Check the box "Add links to Adobe PDF."


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About the Author

Lanae Carr has been an entertainment and lifestyle writer since 2002. She began as a staff writer for the entertainment section of the "Emory Wheel" and she writes for various magazines and e-newsletters related to marketing and entertainment. Carr graduated from Emory University with a bachelor's degree in film studies and English.

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