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Hello. I previously posted this in InDesign support but now it's for Acrobat. I followed the advice below (thanks senrab75) to ensure my PDF links – when open in a browser – open in a new tab/window. This worked beautifully in Firefox but not in Chrome or Safari – same for most. According to Windows users, it worked in IE. Any advice?
Also, it's ok to do the below in a small document but – as a lot of people noted in the previous chat – when it's a large document with multiple links, it is tedious. Would be great if Adobe developers could add this feature to all their design programmes when creating hyperlinks...
From senrab75 :
In Adobe Acrobat (the application, not the .pdf reader) use the Link Tool to edit the hyperlinked text object. Remove the “Open a web link” action assigned by default to handle the hyperlinked text when clicked. Assign a new action to the linked text that will open the hyperlink in a new window.
Note: The links have to be established each time you create a PDF – they do not carry over from In Design or any other software.
Ex: app.launchURL("http://www.cnn.com", true);
No, because you can't control which PDF plugin will be used to open the file and whether or not it will execute this code correctly (or at all). If you find a plugin that doesn't work correctly, complain to its developers.
Not working for me in chrome not in edge.
When I add the JS the link works from Acrobat, but does not work at all in the browsers, unclickable.
It does work in Firefox BTW
I tried this a few months back and it worked perfectly. But for some strange reasons when I do it again this time the links are not working when I view the PDF online. Any idea how to fix this?
The makers of each browser constantly change the PDF viewers. They do not tell anyone or keep a compatibility chart. Expect constant random change.
This instruction didn't work for me at all, link is still opening up in the same web browser page, I'm on PC so I still have to do Ctrl + click to open the link to a separate web browser page.
The link works but still opens in the same tab in Chrome, rather than a new window or tab.
Report this issue to the developers of Chrome.
If problem still occurs consider that the browser(s) may not be updated to the most current version.
This will NOT work in all browsers, even if you use the latest versions.
See TSN's reply below. Basically, there is no global solution for this.
1. There is no solution.
2. Accept that interactive PDF is wildly random, and don't expect it to work unless you can control the systems and apps in use.
3. If you still want a solution, see step 1.