3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 4, 2012 8:57 AM by joflo723

    Can users insert hyperlinks into text fields?


      LC ES2 9.0.0


      I'd like end users of pdf forms to be able to insert working hyperlinks into text fields.  Can this be done?  I tried to create a text field in a form, but the hyperlink only reads as text and not as an active link.  Is there a setting, or special type of field somewhere, either in LC ES or in Acrobat Reader to turn on so this is possible?

        • 1. Re: Can users insert hyperlinks into text fields?
          Srini Dhulipalla Level 5

          In the TextField properties, set the "Field Format" to Rich Text.

          And in the preview, press CTRL+E to enable the floating formatting menu. You can see hyperlink as one of the option.




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          • 2. Re: Can users insert hyperlinks into text fields?
            maestrodog1 Level 1

            This sort of works but it's a very clumsy workaround for an end user...first you paste the link text into the field, then you have to highlight the text, then CTRL +E, then you have to paste the text into the resulting window.  And then you can't just click the hyperlink to open it, you have to right-click and select "Open Hyperlink."


            A five-step process to get a link pasted in so that it can work, and then you have to do something non-intuitive to open it; not really user friendly.


            I did actually find another resource where you can put a button next to the text field that will change the adjacent field to a hyperlink, you can find it here:



            • 3. Re: Can users insert hyperlinks into text fields?

              Reviving this because I was wondering...how would you link to a folder on a network drive?


              The example posted by maestrodog1 is very helpful, but it provides a button that when clicked, links to an internet URL.


              if (xfa.host.name != "XFAPresentationAgent")


                  var oURI = xfa.resolveNode("form1.page1.header.TextField2").rawValue;

                  var oLink = "<body xmlns=\"http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml\" xmlns:xfa=\"http://www.xfa.org/schema/xfa-data/1.0/\"><p style=\"letter-spacing:0in\"><a href=\"" + oURI+ "\" style=\"margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-valign:bottom;font-family:'Myriad Pro';font-size:8pt\">" + oURI + "</a></p></body>";

                  xfa.resolveNode("form1.page1.header.TextField2").value.exData.loadXML(oLink, false, true);



              When I enter a local or network path (for example "Y:\Network\File.doc"), I get the following error message in my browser:

              Firefox doesn't know how to open this address, because the protocol (y) isn't associated with any program.


              How would you alter this so that it links to a local or network file?