Hyperlinking an object

Hyperlinking an object such as a box, Quick Button, a word, or a picture means that a reader of your PDF document (or visitor to your website) can trigger an event by clicking on the object. The event might be a jump to a different page, the appearance of an email composition window, the display of a graphic, text, or media file, or a jump to an anchor attached to a target object.

To hyperlink an object:

  1. Use the Pointer Tool to highlight the region of text, or select an object.

  2. Click PagePlus tbr std hyperlink Hyperlinking an object Hyperlink on the Standard toolbar, or choose Hyperlink… from the Insert menu.

  3. In the Hyperlinks dialog, click to select the link destination type, and enter the specific hyperlink target—an Internet page, a page in your publication/website, an email address, local file, or an object’s anchor (see Selecting a hyperlink target).

  4. Click OK.

  • To apply a hyperlink to a group object, Ctrl-click on the object, then right-click to set the Hyperlink.

As a visual cue, hyperlinked words are underlined and appear in the color you’ve specified in the Color Scheme Designer.

To modify or remove a hyperlink:

  • From the Hyperlinks dialog, which opens with the current link target shown, either:

  • To modify the hyperlink, select a new link destination type and/or target.

  • To remove the hyperlink, click the Remove button.

  • Removing a hyperlink does not remove the underlying object or text.

Suppose you want to edit hyperlinked text—for example, take away some of the “hot” text or extend the hyperlinked region—while retaining the link itself. Simply click for an insertion point and type (or delete characters) within the linked text. Any adjacent characters will share the same link. Likewise, you can cut/copy/paste linked text and objects without affecting their link properties.

  • For a “birds-eye” view of all the hyperlinks in your publication, use the Hyperlink Manager (Tools menu).

Selecting a hyperlink target

To link to a web page:

  1. As the link destination type, select An Internet Page.

  2. Specify the correct Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for the target web page. The drop-down list shows URLs previously used in your publication. Choose one of the listed URLs, or enter a different one.

Clicking this type of link will display the target page in the visitor’s browser.

To link to a page on your own website:

  1. As the link destination type, select A page in your publication (or site).

  2. Select the target page number.

Clicking this type of link will display the target page in the visitor’s browser.

To link to an email address:

  1. As the link destination type, select An Internet email address.

  2. Enter the full email address (usually your own).

Clicking this type of link will display an email composition window so a reader can send email to the specified address. Typically, this option lets visitors to your site send you feedback.

To link to a file (for example, a sound or video file):

  1. As the link destination type, select A file on your hard disk.

  2. Enter the full hard disk path name of the file to display (click the Browse… button if necessary). Make sure it’s a file that a web browser can display, such as an HTML, TXT, or GIF file.

If using web publishing, clicking this type of link will display the specified file in the visitor’s browser. When PagePlus publishes your site, the specified file will be copied along with your web pages. This is a convenient way to attach supplementary content. For example, you could include small, thumbnail pictures on your web page, each linked to a full-size image file. The page would load more quickly, and visitors could select which images to view at full resolution.

For details on other ways of linking to sound or video files, see the topic Adding sound and video.

To link to an anchor in your site:

  1. Before hyperlinking, insert an anchor at the desired target location (see Adding anchors to objects).

  2. As the link destination type, select An anchor in your publication (or site).

  3. Select the target Page Number and then the target Anchor name.

Clicking this type of link will display the target page (at the specified anchor location) in a PDF document or the visitor’s browser.

Hyperlinking an object