I have CS6 on a Mac, running 10.7.5.
My ID file has many hyperlinks, all work fine when exported to PDF. The problem is that i can't "see" the hyperlinks inside my ID file. I have turned ON "show hyperlinks" and turned ON "show hidden characters." I have "overprint preview" turned OFF.
I CAN see other types of hidden characters, like spaces, tabs, bookmarks, etc. but not hyperlinks. From what i understand, these should appear with a thin grey box around them (?).
What should i do?
I think hyperlinks could be batch changed visible afterwards with this excellent tip from Indesignsecrets.com:
I always create character style called "hyperlinks" etc before I start making hyperlinks, then I make sure that I choose that style in style dropdown in New Hyperlink window. It´s usefull even if there´s no appearance for that style at the beginning. I can always edit the style settings afterwards if I want, like change the color of the hyperlink text or make a underline for it etc...
Thank you for your answers, but my original question is really about how to make this hidden character show up in the first place ... if i trash my prefs, would this have any effect? I'd prefer not to do that unless i had to ...
You don't need to trash your prefs, but you may need to re-do your hyperlinks. In the Hyperlinks panel, double-click on one of your hyperlinks. That should open the Edit Hyperlink window. Near the bottom is "Appearance" and the first choice is "Type:" change it from Invisible Rectangle to Visible Rectangle. Now the "show hyperlinks" and "hide hyperlinks" will visibly do something.
Ahh Joel you not only beat me, you included a screen shot. Good job!
Note that there are two different ways to affect hyperlink appearance here - in the "Character Style" dropdown and the "Appearance" area. It sounds like you need to be able to see them when you're working; if you turn on the "Visible Rectangle" it will be visible in PDF and, I think, in print as well.
Thanks everyone - i think the problem here is my misunderstanding of this to begin with. I *thought* the grey rectangle around the hyperlink was an invisible character (similar to a tab symbol) that i could toggle on and off, and that it wouldn't print on my PDF. I understand now that is not how this works. I see how to alter the hyperlink to make the grey rectangle appear and disappear, but since i don't want them on the final PDF, i will leave them off.
I appreciate everyone's helpful answers and patience with a hyperlink newbie.