Can I hyperlink to a specific page of a PDF file?

Learn how to hyperlink to specific pages within a PDF in a browser.

By February 23, 2006


Is it possible to hyperlink to specific pages in a pdf file in a web browser? Even if the PDF file does have bookmarks in it?

There is a way to hyperlink directly to a page in a PDF. You append an open parameter to the end of the URL. For example, if I want to jump to page 24, the link would be


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Lori Kassuba

2, 2015-10-30 30, 2015

Hi Varun Kumar,

If you’re not using a URL, then the only other way to do this is via command line. You can find the details here:


Varun Kumar

4, 2015-10-15 15, 2015

Without using web, can we open specific page through hyperlinking in Pdf to Pdf


6, 2015-05-08 08, 2015

Lovely…... thank you soooooo much :-)

Lori Kassuba

8, 2015-02-11 11, 2015

Hi Lynn,

These open parameters only work when opening a PDF document with a command or URL. You can’t do this with a hyperlink from a Project file.


Lynn Gilson

11, 2015-02-03 03, 2015

I am using MS-Project and have a ‘cell’ where I can place a hyperlink to my Acrobat document.  For example:

\\cacspapnas001b\dept\mfinfosec\MF_InfoSec_Remediation_PDF_VGRept\WellPoint_ACU5_KY.pdf#page=13 (doesn’t work)

I’ve also tried this naming a #destination too.  For example:

\\cacspapnas001b\dept\mfinfosec\MF_InfoSec_Remediation_PDF_VGRept\WellPoint_ACU5_KY.pdf#1.2 or #nameddest=1.2 (neither work)

I’ve read some threads about making sure to set ‘Page Display’ to ‘Single View’ or ‘Single View Continuous’ but neither work. 

Do you have a cookbook style article to set my document and make ready to using the ‘Parms to open PDF Files’ feature?  I’ve tried everything!!!

Thank You!

Lori Kassuba

5, 2015-01-21 21, 2015

Hi Patrick,

This discussion provides a somewhat low-tech way to do this:

Or, you could create a copy of the original file and the use the Redaction tool to cover up certain pages.


Lori Kassuba

3, 2015-01-21 21, 2015

Hi Audrey,

For this to work, you need to make sure that you’re using the PDFMaker add-on in your Chrome browser and not the native PDF viewer that comes with Chrome. Here is some additional detail on how to do this:



3, 2015-01-19 19, 2015

I am trying to link to a specific .pdf page from a Google site.  The actual .pdf lives in a Google Folder.  Every time I try to amend the URL with #page=x I still end up with the link taking me to the cover page. Please help, I have tried everything I know of.

Patrick McLaren

12, 2015-01-19 19, 2015

Hello I was wondering if there is a way without modifying the original pdf to only see specific pages. I’ve been searching for a while and haven’t even seen this question asked.

Lori Kassuba

7, 2014-08-19 19, 2014

Hi Linda Patille,

Unfortunately not all browser versions support this functionality. You might consider using bookmarks for navigation points instead.


Linda Patille

5, 2014-08-15 15, 2014

Not working for me either in Safari.  Also sent the #page=6 link to an iPhone and it comes up as page 1.  Can’t control what plug-ins people have installed.  No solutions?

Eric Brandenburg

2, 2014-07-02 02, 2014

For anyone left wondering why it doesn’t work with your webpage, just leave out the page:

That will take you to page 150. I hope this works.

Lori Kassuba

6, 2014-05-28 28, 2014

Hi Maria,

You would do this by adding #search=”word1 word2” at the end of your URL.



12, 2014-05-28 28, 2014

I am trying to add a hyperlink in the word doc to direct me to another file which is pdf to a specific phrase on the pdf file.  How do I do that?

Lori Kassuba

5, 2014-04-01 01, 2014

Hi Thomas Loker,

Please make your request here:


Thomas Loker

10, 2014-03-24 24, 2014

So is there a fix for this or not?  It works in Firefox but not in IE 11.  Works in Firefox and Chrome.  Now is where I could [removed] about why is IE so bla, bla bla, but the issue is still the issue.

Lori Kassuba

5, 2014-01-06 06, 2014

Hi bhawani,

Your link worked perfect for me but this will always be dependent on the version of Reader you have and if that specific version is supported with your web browser.



9, 2014-01-03 03, 2014

...does NOT take the user to a page…just to the first page of the PDF.  In short, it doesn’t work.

Lori Kassuba

4, 2013-12-16 16, 2013

Hi Luis,

Does your Access report contain the actual links? If so, have you tried creating the PDF using the PDFMaker Add-on for Access?


Lori Kassuba

4, 2013-12-16 16, 2013

Hi Lars Skou Nielsen,

Yes, this feature may not work in some browser/reader/Acrobat configurations.


Lars Skou Nielsen

10, 2013-12-16 16, 2013

Great solution - most of the time.
Some users may not be taken to a certain page of the pdf document.
As long as some others do it´s fine.

It appears that it depends on the combination of browser and pdf viewer.


4, 2013-12-13 13, 2013


I’m wondering if there is a way to do create a pdf file with links to pages with in the document with out having to do it manually.

Like clicking a link “Product #123456” in page #1 and going to that product detail page in page #30. The document have hundreds of products and products details so I need to do this automatic. I’m generating this pdf file from a Access report.

Please help!

Lori Kassuba

1, 2013-10-17 17, 2013

Hi Sasan Behnam,

For a URL you can include a link like this on your webpage:
For more detail on the options you can set, check out the Open Parameters document listed above.


Sasan Behnam

1, 2013-10-16 16, 2013

Dear Sir,
Please tell me know, how can i insert my PDF introduction on on google.


Best regards,
Sasan Behnam


4, 2013-10-04 04, 2013

This was amazingly helpful. Thank You for sharing.


7, 2013-08-16 16, 2013


Thanks, I’ve just installed it. That’s good to know, but if there isn’t a more universal solution it still isn’t practical to link to specific pdf pages.

David Kastendick

6, 2013-08-16 16, 2013

Hi Derek,

With Chrome, are you using the native PDF viewer built into the browser or the Acrobat/Reader plugin?  This page shares steps on how to switch to using Acrobat/Reader’s PDF viewer:

With the native Chrome PDF viewer, the document opens to page 25 for me too, but with Adobe’s plugin, it opens to the proper page.



4, 2013-08-02 02, 2013

Dwayne - I’m running into the same issue as you. Chrome reads the page after the referenced pagem i.e.…AcroJS_DesignerJS.pdf#page=24 goes to page 25. Current IE, FF, Safari all go directly to the reference page. I can’t get Acrobat Destinations to work on any browsers. Is the only fix dividing up the pdf?

Lori Kassuba

1, 2013-07-25 25, 2013

Hi dwayne,

Are you using one of the supported browser listed in this technical note?
Also, do you have the native PDF reader set in Chrome or Adobe Reader. You need to make sure Adobe Reader is enabled in the browser.



4, 2013-07-23 23, 2013

when you open the link above in Chrome it opens to page 25 not to page 24 as expected.


5, 2013-04-22 22, 2013

What’s Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It absolutely useful and it has helped me out loads. I am hoping to give a contribution & help different users like its helped me. Good job.


3, 2013-04-03 03, 2013

I finally resolved the issue, thanks to finding the answer to Lori’s question.  Unbeknown to me, I had Chrome set to use its native pdf reader.  The moment I disabled that and enabled Acrobat reader, the problem was solved.

Thanks for the help.

Lori Kassuba

4, 2013-04-01 01, 2013

Tom and Ray,

Can you confirm that your version of Acrobat/Reader and browser are compatible according to these specifications?



3, 2013-03-30 30, 2013

Same command opens on one page in Chrome, a different page in IE 10.  Any fix for that, so it opens to the same page in both?


9, 2013-03-28 28, 2013

This seems to only work in a browser plug-in version of Acrobat Reader, not when it opens up in the full app.

Lori Kassuba

8, 2013-02-19 19, 2013

Hi Eric,

I would make sure you have all the latest updates for Reader 9 (9.5.3 at the time of this posting). Also make sure you have the latest service packs for Internet Explorer 8.



3, 2013-02-14 14, 2013

Bizarre. Works for my colleague but NOT for me—and we seem to have the same browser (IE8) and version of Adobe Reader (9).

Patty Friesen

12, 2012-10-15 15, 2012

Hi Hence,

Make sure you’re using Acrobat or Reader as the web browser plug-in. If you try to open the link using FireFox with Mac OS X Preview as the web browser plug-in—as Martin did—it won’t work, because Preview doesn’t recognize Acrobat JavaScript or the PDF Open Parameter.



8, 2012-10-11 11, 2012

Doesn’t work for me. Am I missing something?



4, 2012-06-29 29, 2012

Didn’t work in Firefox on OSX (maybe because it opened in preview, which is the same as downloading and opening?)
Didn’t work in Safari, opened in a new browser window, but at page 1
DID work in Chrome, opened straight up in a browser tab
(All latest versions at July 2012)

Patty Friesen

10, 2012-06-26 26, 2012

I tried the link <> twice and it opened fine both times. Can you try it again and let me know if you still have problems.



11, 2012-06-25 25, 2012

The suggested hyperlink,

...does NOT take the user to a page…just to the first page of the PDF.  In short, it doesn’t work.

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