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Good day fgrexsg,
You are correct in that the workflow you described will not produce links in the resulting PDF files. The steps that Lori outlined work great if you're working on Office for Windows in terms of getting the links to work when converting using the CreatePDF service.
In order to make this work on the Mac, you'll have to take a few extra steps within Office first.
You're going to have to repeat this step for each item in your TOC. While this will be time-consuming for a 150-page document, it will work.
- Within your TOC, highlight the entire entry listing (e.g. Topic 1.........3)
- Once the entire line is highlighted, choose Insert > Hyperlink
- Click 'Document' to select a location within the current document.
- Under the 'Anchor' option, either type in the Heading/Sub-heading (must be exact) of the page you want the hyperlink to attach to or click 'Locate' and find the proper Heading/Sub-heading within the structure.
As I said, this will probably be time-consuming on such a large document, but it will work.
Unfortunately Office for Mac just simply isn't as full-featured as its Windows counterpart.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Thanks for the suggestion but rather irrelevant. The blog refers to Word for Windows; Word for Mac, especially Word 2011, does not have the functions described and illustrated in the blog.
This said, there may be a way to achieve what the blog describes in Word 2011 for Mac. A preliminary quick test revealed however that hyperlinks are still not preserved after conversion to PDF. And, at any rate, what that solution suggests is to eliminate page numbers altogether from the TOC, keeping only the titles and have hyperlinks behind the titles. That is unfortunately not what I need : I need a TOC with page numbers (for printed copies of the document) and clickable hyperlinks behind the page numbers (for users who read the document on their computers, iPads, eReaders, and so on).
Again, thanks for the suggestion.
This of course makes Adobe Acrobat for Mac USELESS. Funny I just bought Acrobat XI for Mac - I guess I should have purchased the cheap PDF tool at Staples instead. I just spent 4 days working on links in a document and now this says I need to redo them in Acrobat? Unbelievable.