Disable Links in PDF?

New Here ,
May 01, 2009 May 01, 2009

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Is there  way to disable links in a pdf?

I know all about the link tool and the actual,  underlined links.  Those are easy to disable by deleting the information or redirecting them elsewhere.

However, there are links that appear as text in the document, but when you pass your cursor ove them, they are actually links.

I am working with emails that have been converted to pdf docs and I am seeing this quite a bit.

Is there a way to disable those particular types of links?  I have been using the link tool to put a box around the link and redirect it.  I am concerned, though, that this measure can be removed and the information can be accessed.

Is there a more permanent, secure method?

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May 01, 2009 May 01, 2009

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Why want you disable the links?

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New Here ,
May 04, 2009 May 04, 2009

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For security reasons.

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May 04, 2009 May 04, 2009

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Remove the links with the Redaction Tool.

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New Here ,
May 04, 2009 May 04, 2009

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Well, I am redacting the first part of the email address, but I have to leave the domain part.

Even when part of the address is redacted, you can still view the full email address (link) by hovering your cursor over the domain name.

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Adobe Employee ,
May 01, 2009 May 01, 2009

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Under Advanced > Document Processing  there is a "Remove all links" option which will remove all links in the document or on a specified page range. But that's going to remove all links. If there are links you'll want to maintain you'd have to recreate them or (if it would work) select only a page range.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
May 01, 2009 May 01, 2009

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Keep in mind that if the links are spelled out (start with http:// or the like) they may be recognized as links on the users end unless they have disabled that function (it's on by defaut) in Reader or Acrobat.

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May 01, 2009 May 01, 2009

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Good point, files generated by applications such as Word will have links created automatically from URLs if (in Preferences > General tab)  "Create Links from URLs" is ON, and which is ON by default. This doesn't seem to happen with files created in InDesign or Illustrator.

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New Here ,
May 04, 2009 May 04, 2009

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I am creating from emails originating from Outlook.

This is a bit of a nightmare.  Many, many (email address) links that look like innocent text, but are actually links to folks' personal email.

Maybe I should have clarified that in my first post, that it is email address links.  I apologize, I was just pretty frustrated and fired off the post without giving all of the details.  Sorry. 

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New Here ,
May 04, 2009 May 04, 2009

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Yes, thank you.  I have figured out how to disable those.  However, the email address links are the ones giving me trouble.

Any ideas???

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May 04, 2009 May 04, 2009

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OK, this was extremely helpful and made my job, on one level, much easier.  Thank you.

However, I am working with emails that appear to originate from Outlook and there are links within the doc that appear as text yet when you position your cursor over them, they are actually links.  There is nothing to indicate that they are links, no http at the beginning, nothing.

An example, from an email:

------Original Message-------

From: Doe, John < john.doe @ nodomain.com >  (sans the spaces, of course)

Now, when you look at it, it does not appear to be a link, but when you position your cursor over it, a little window pops up that says "mailto:john.doe @ nodomain.com." This is what I want to get rid of.

I don't want anyone to be able to position their cursor over the email area and be able to obtain the full email address.  I am redacting the first part, but must leave the domain part so this is my dilemma.

Anyone have any good ideas?  How can I avoid this in the future?  Or is there even a way to avoid this?  Is this something that just can't be done?

I welcome any suggestions.  Thanks.

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New Here ,
Feb 15, 2010 Feb 15, 2010

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Hello fotojunkie67

Were you able to resolve this? We're running into the same problems.

We were able to come up with a work around by placing a link box over the 'url' text and having the url go nowhere.

The pdf allows a cursor or pointer to hover over and click on the text but it doesn't go anywhere.

We're thinking there is a better solution.

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Feb 16, 2010 Feb 16, 2010

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In the preferences you can disable the entry 'Create links from URLs'.

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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In Acrobat DC, it is under Preferences>General>Basic Tools, 2nd option.

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thank you all for this thread, it helped me a lot ! (11 years later!!)

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