Creating and editing links using Acrobat XI

Learn how to edit a PDF by adding or creating links (hyperlinks) to PDF documents.

By October 24, 2013


In this tutorial, learn how to edit PDF by adding links to PDF documents (sometimes called create hyperlink in PDF or add hyperlink to PDF), links to other documents, and links to the web in Acrobat XI.

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Lori Kassuba

2 weeks ago

Hi Carilyn Jordan,

What version of Acrobat are you experiencing this in? Have you tried running the Repair option under the Help menu (Windows) to try and correct the issue?


Carilyn Jordan

2 weeks ago

When I’m trying to create or add link in my pdf (Using Adobe Acrobat Pro) when I let go of the mouse at the end of dragging out the crosshair rectangle, it does absolutely nothing.  I do not get any popup to ask me about creating a link.  What am I doing wrong?

Lori Kassuba

1, 2015-06-08 08, 2015

Hi Ellen Devis,

This tutorial will help explain how you can create links in your PDF:


Ellen Devis

2, 2015-06-03 03, 2015

Does anyone know how to create a link to a page that is referenced several times throughout the pdf document.  Example:  I have a medical chronology and throughout the chronology a certain medical record is referenced several times.

Lori Kassuba

9, 2015-04-22 22, 2015

Hi Etiene,

Let me know if this discussion answers your question. Also, feel free to to jump in on the conversation with Karl.



4, 2015-04-19 19, 2015

Can one add links to images programmatically, with other words using something like Javascript ? Typical example is where process design was done in 3rd party tool with associated meta data then when conveying to PDF would like the meta data to be a link from the associated process activity?

Patty Friesen

11, 2015-04-05 05, 2015

Hi Helen,

Can you please post your question in the Acrobat forum so our experts can help you interactively:




12, 2015-04-01 01, 2015

I want to know how to link a PDF to external PDFs, such as a Table of Contents.  The external PDFs are located in a folder on my c: drive


11, 2014-06-25 25, 2014

you should REALLY have showed people how to cut & past a URL right from their browser. this is what most people will be doing!

Lori Kassuba

1, 2014-04-21 21, 2014

Hi luke,

This feature is only available in Acrobat and not the free Adobe Reader.



8, 2014-04-18 18, 2014

there is no content editing in my tool area. there is only export,create,send,store button which is totally useless for me now…
i got the same version reader.

Lori Kassuba

10, 2013-11-05 05, 2013

Hi Gerard,

Here is a discussion on playing streaming video in a PDF (not embedded) that you might find useful:



4, 2013-11-02 02, 2013

Can you link to a video html5 document and let play the video within the pdf ?

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