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If you can't see the PDF Tools in the toolbar, check if you have <code>Windows > PDF Tools</code> menu entry enabled.
  
 
===Method A===
 
===Method A===
* go to the PDF toolbar, select '''PDF Annotation > Link''', and draw with it a rectangle above an element (e.g. a text frame) you wish to become a hyperlink
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[[Image:Insert_link_annotation.png|right]]
 
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# go to the PDF toolbar, select <code>Insert Link Annotation</code> and draw with it a rectangle above an element (e.g. a text frame) you wish to become a hyperlink
* right click on the new rectangle and select '''PDF Options > Annotation Properties''' from the context menu
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# double click on the new rectangle (with the left mouse button)
 
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# select <code>External Web-Link</code> as annotation type and insert your URL into the <code>Destination</code> field
* in the annotation properties dialog, choose '''External Web-Link''' as annotation type and insert your URL into the '''Destination''' field
 
 
 
* done!
 
  
 
===Method B===
 
===Method B===
* Open your Scribus document.
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# Click the <code>OK</code> button for <code>Insert PDF fields</code>.
* Click the "OK" button for "Insert PDF fields".
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# Make a box to surround the text and/or graphics from which you want to create a hyperlink.
* Make a box to surround the text and/or graphics from which you want to create a hyperlink.
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# Double click this box, which opens the Field Properties dialogue box.
* Double click this box, which opens the Field Properties dialogue box.
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# In the <code>Appearance</code> tab, choose "None" for colour of the border (unless you really want a border added).
* In the Appearance tab, choose "None" for colour of the border (unless you really want a border added).
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# Click on the <code>Action</code> tab.
* Click on the Action tab.
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# From the <code>Type</code> pull-down menu, choose <code>JavaScript</code>.
* From the Type pull-down menu, choose JavaScript.
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# To the right of the Script box, click <code>Edit</code>.
* To the right of the Script box, click Edit.
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# Enter the following: <tt>app.launchURL("<nowiki>http://www.scribus.net/</nowiki>", true);</tt>
* Enter the following: <tt>app.launchURL("<nowiki>http://www.scribus.net/</nowiki>", true);</tt>
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# Click <code>File</code> > <code>Save and Exit</code>.
* Click File/Save and Exit.
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# Click OK.
* Click OK.
 
* Save your .sla document and export it to PDF format.
 
  
If you now open that PDF version in a browser, you will find those text (and/or graphics) areas linkable. The "true" parameter in the JavaScript is important so a new frame (window or tab) is opened for the link. This way your PDF document remains open and available in its original frame.
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If you now open that PDF version in a web browser, you will find those text (and/or graphics) areas linkable. The "true" parameter in the JavaScript is important so a new frame (window or tab) is opened for the link. This way your PDF document remains open and available in its original frame.
  
 
====Variation on Method B====
 
====Variation on Method B====

Revision as of 18:31, 24 February 2017

This article is part of the Tips & Tricks series.
Installation Usage PDF issues Other

Note

If you can't see the PDF Tools in the toolbar, check if you have Windows > PDF Tools menu entry enabled.

Method A

Insert link annotation.png
  1. go to the PDF toolbar, select Insert Link Annotation and draw with it a rectangle above an element (e.g. a text frame) you wish to become a hyperlink
  2. double click on the new rectangle (with the left mouse button)
  3. select External Web-Link as annotation type and insert your URL into the Destination field

Method B

  1. Click the OK button for Insert PDF fields.
  2. Make a box to surround the text and/or graphics from which you want to create a hyperlink.
  3. Double click this box, which opens the Field Properties dialogue box.
  4. In the Appearance tab, choose "None" for colour of the border (unless you really want a border added).
  5. Click on the Action tab.
  6. From the Type pull-down menu, choose JavaScript.
  7. To the right of the Script box, click Edit.
  8. Enter the following: app.launchURL("http://www.scribus.net/", true);
  9. Click File > Save and Exit.
  10. Click OK.

If you now open that PDF version in a web browser, you will find those text (and/or graphics) areas linkable. The "true" parameter in the JavaScript is important so a new frame (window or tab) is opened for the link. This way your PDF document remains open and available in its original frame.

Variation on Method B

If you want to create a link to an email address, modify the JavaScript above like this:

  • app.launchURL("mailto:youraddress@yourISP.com", true);

This is dependent on having the preset link to the appropriate email client.

References