12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2010 2:11 AM by Bernd Alheit RSS

    Disable Links in PDF?

    fotojunkie67

      Is there  way to disable links in a pdf?

       

      I know all about the link tool and the actual,  underlined links.  Those are easy to disable by deleting the information or redirecting them elsewhere.

       

      However, there are links that appear as text in the document, but when you pass your cursor ove them, they are actually links.

       

      I am working with emails that have been converted to pdf docs and I am seeing this quite a bit.

       

      Is there a way to disable those particular types of links?  I have been using the link tool to put a box around the link and redirect it.  I am concerned, though, that this measure can be removed and the information can be accessed.

       

      Is there a more permanent, secure method?

        • 1. Re: Disable Links in PDF?
          Bernd Alheit CommunityMVP

          Why want you disable the links?

          • 2. Re: Disable Links in PDF?
            Laura_M. Adobe Employee

            Under Advanced > Document Processing  there is a "Remove all links" option which will remove all links in the document or on a specified page range. But that's going to remove all links. If there are links you'll want to maintain you'd have to recreate them or (if it would work) select only a page range.

            • 3. Re: Disable Links in PDF?
              ~graffiti CommunityMVP

              Keep in mind that if the links are spelled out (start with http:// or the like) they may be recognized as links on the users end unless they have disabled that function (it's on by defaut) in Reader or Acrobat.

              • 4. Re: Disable Links in PDF?
                Laura_M. Adobe Employee

                Good point, files generated by applications such as Word will have links created automatically from URLs if (in Preferences > General tab)  "Create Links from URLs" is ON, and which is ON by default. This doesn't seem to happen with files created in InDesign or Illustrator.

                • 5. Re: Disable Links in PDF?
                  fotojunkie67 Community Member

                  For security reasons.

                  • 6. Re: Disable Links in PDF?
                    fotojunkie67 Community Member

                    OK, this was extremely helpful and made my job, on one level, much easier.  Thank you.

                     

                    However, I am working with emails that appear to originate from Outlook and there are links within the doc that appear as text yet when you position your cursor over them, they are actually links.  There is nothing to indicate that they are links, no http at the beginning, nothing.

                     

                    An example, from an email:

                     

                    ------Original Message-------

                    From: Doe, John < john.doe @ nodomain.com >  (sans the spaces, of course)

                     

                    Now, when you look at it, it does not appear to be a link, but when you position your cursor over it, a little window pops up that says "mailto:john.doe @ nodomain.com." This is what I want to get rid of.

                     

                    I don't want anyone to be able to position their cursor over the email area and be able to obtain the full email address.  I am redacting the first part, but must leave the domain part so this is my dilemma.

                     

                    Anyone have any good ideas?  How can I avoid this in the future?  Or is there even a way to avoid this?  Is this something that just can't be done?

                     

                    I welcome any suggestions.  Thanks.

                    • 7. Re: Disable Links in PDF?
                      fotojunkie67 Community Member

                      I am creating from emails originating from Outlook.

                       

                      This is a bit of a nightmare.  Many, many (email address) links that look like innocent text, but are actually links to folks' personal email.

                       

                      Maybe I should have clarified that in my first post, that it is email address links.  I apologize, I was just pretty frustrated and fired off the post without giving all of the details.  Sorry. 

                      • 8. Re: Disable Links in PDF?
                        fotojunkie67 Community Member

                        Yes, thank you.  I have figured out how to disable those.  However, the email address links are the ones giving me trouble.

                        Any ideas???

                        • 9. Re: Disable Links in PDF?
                          Bernd Alheit CommunityMVP

                          Remove the links with the Redaction Tool.

                          • 10. Re: Disable Links in PDF?
                            fotojunkie67 Community Member

                            Well, I am redacting the first part of the email address, but I have to leave the domain part.

                            Even when part of the address is redacted, you can still view the full email address (link) by hovering your cursor over the domain name.

                            • 11. Re: Disable Links in PDF?
                              AnnaD13

                              Hello fotojunkie67

                               

                              Were you able to resolve this? We're running into the same problems.

                               

                              We were able to come up with a work around by placing a link box over the 'url' text and having the url go nowhere.

                              The pdf allows a cursor or pointer to hover over and click on the text but it doesn't go anywhere.

                               

                              We're thinking there is a better solution.

                               

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                              • 12. Re: Disable Links in PDF?
                                Bernd Alheit CommunityMVP

                                In the preferences you can disable the entry 'Create links from URLs'.