9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 17, 2011 11:37 AM by Endacottk RSS

    Open PDF Link in new window?

    WA3CAS

      I want to create a Word document with hyperlinks to a variety of PDF files. I then want to create a PDF file from the Word document with hyperlinks intact.

       

      Here’s the problem. The PDF file made from the Word document has its embedded links opening in the same window. I want the embedded links to open in a new window. I set up the links in the Word document to open in a new window, but when the Word document is converted to PDF, the embedded links lose their open-in-new-window property.

       

      I know I can manually set the user preferences in Adobe Reader to not open cross-document links in same window, but that’s not the default.

       

      Is there a script that can be run when the first PDF file is opened that automatically changes the user preferences so cross-document links open in a new window? Or is there a way to easily modify the links created during the Word-to-PDF process so that the cross-document links open in a new window?

       

      Thanks for any help.

      JBrush

        • 1. Re: Open PDF Link in new window?
          WA3CAS Community Member

          I found that pressing Ctrl will open a PDF link in its own window. I can reference this trick on the opening PDF page, but I'd rather Acrobat do it itself.

           

          I can also manually relink all the files on the opening PDF page and specify "open in new window," but that's a pain to do.

           

          I'm still hoping someone has a quick way of reconfiguring the PDF links to open in a new window.

          • 2. Re: Open PDF Link in new window?
            steve_foxall Community Member

            If you don't mind spending a little cash (after a free trial) take a look at Evermap Autobookmark, which can do all sorts of adjustments to links and bookmarks without visiting each one again.

            • 3. Re: Open PDF Link in new window?
              WA3CAS Community Member

              Steve,

               

              Perfect, albeit expensive, solution. I downloaded the trial version of Autobookmark and it did exactly what I wanted. Thanks for the suggestion. Now I need to convince my boss to spend $189.

               

              . . . John

              • 4. Re: Open PDF Link in new window?
                steve_foxall Community Member

                John;

                You may also want to explore the options/changes in the various versions of Acrobat. The later versions default to 'new window' for each pdf document, with 'same window' an option (in Edit>Preferences) only for cross-document links.  Nevertheless, if you want to have ultimate control and the ability to modify hyperlink conversions, Autobookmark or similar software will be the answer.  You also get outstanding customer support for your money.

                 

                If you ever have problems moving interlinked pdf's and lose the link connections (the relative-versus-absolute issue), Autobookmark is invaluable in identifying the broken links and then putting them right. In my case it saved so much time that the $99 (at the time) was a bargain. Hope our moderators don't mind the 'plug', but it really rounds-off a lot of Acrobat's link and bookmark functionality. (I have no connection with them, and my free upgrades just ran out after 5 years, so I need to spend $37 for the latest upgrade).

                • 5. Re: Open PDF Link in new window?
                  hank65

                  How do you specify it to 'open in new window'? I do not have many links to do this to, so it w

                  ould not be a pain for me to reset them all, but I do not know how it is done. Can you explain?

                   

                  (I have links to external web pages from the pdf (advertisers in a magazine), and I do not want to lose my reader because they were directed away from the original pdf publication.)

                  • 6. Re: Open PDF Link in new window?
                    WA3CAS Community Member

                    Opening in a new window isn't a problem if you're opening a Web page instead of another PDF document.

                     

                    Assuming your PDF document is opened in Acrobat Reader, when a reader clicks a link their Web browser will open and go to that link, while leaving your PDF document alone and still open.

                     

                    Now if your PDF document is opened within the Web browser, then what happens when a reader clicks a link is dependent on how they have their Web broswer configured. I see no option in Acrobat that specifies opening a URL in a new browser window.

                    • 7. Re: Open PDF Link in new window?
                      Endacottk

                      I stumbled across this while trying to do a very simple project (or so I thought).  I also wanted my links

                      to other pdf files to open in a seperate Adobe window (not a browser window).  I can't seem to get it to work.

                      I tried right-clicking and selecting open in new window - didn't work.  I downloaded AutoBookmark as well.  It still didn't open in a new window after setting the option to do so for all links.

                       

                      Any suggestions?

                      • 8. Re: Open PDF Link in new window?
                        WA3CAS Community Member

                        Are you opening the pdf files from within the browser? If so, maybe that's

                        why new pdf files are also opened in the browser. If you're opening the pdf

                        files from within Acrobat, I don't understand how they are opening within

                        the browser. Sorry I can't be of more help.

                        • 9. Re: Open PDF Link in new window?
                          Endacottk Community Member

                          I was actually making things more difficult than it really was.  Someone pointed me to the Document:Attach.  That's exactly what I was looking for to get a main document, with attached documents that would open in as seperate adobe window.

                           

                          Thanks for taking the time to reply :-)