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Can't hyperlink to LinkedIn profile in InDesign CC

New Here ,
Aug 30, 2017 Aug 30, 2017

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Hi there, I'm using InDesign CC. Trying to hyperlink to my LinkedIn profile. I get a red light saying the URL is not available. The irony is that when I click on the red light it jumps to my LinkedIn profile. So the URL works and is available.

I can't figure out why this won't work, and the last discussion related to something like this was two years ago and involved extended character escapes (which I've tried BTW).

Help!

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Community Beginner , Apr 24, 2018 Apr 24, 2018
I figured it out.The linkedin hyperlinks don't work because of the "login wall" around linked in.This is a workaround:(1). have two browsers open, in the first be logged in to linkedin (I'm using Firefox) in the second browser (I'm using Chrome) be LOGGED OUT of linkedin.(2). copy the URL from the logged in browser and paste into the logged out browser(3). you will get a long URL like this:https://www.linkedin.com/authwall?trk=ripf&trkInfo=AQGe2BFMPsrkNAAAAWL59zLwkH901PkKy0XUjxCt6D8k2kQPy2G2R3ewxfphQwhT000tVkik2ohWEpIqkI0jIilxEI5sk2OfXTZJEDzezvb2fCzNlv5DBoFbRY8cU9NYcNXD9Jg=&originalReferer=&sessionRedirect=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fin%2Fandrew-j-chapin%2F...

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Valorous Hero ,
Aug 31, 2017 Aug 31, 2017

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Hi

Well if the link works in the exported PDF, that should be ok. Maybe the url is a bit long for indesign or contains characters that it doesn't like. Use a link shortener to see how that goes.

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New Here ,
Aug 31, 2017 Aug 31, 2017

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Thank you. The link does *not* work in the exported PDF. I tried using bitly to shorten the link and that didn't work either. I wonder if it's something to do with LinkedIn?

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New Here ,
Jan 04, 2021 Jan 04, 2021

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It doesn't work for me either, so frustrating.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 24, 2018 Apr 24, 2018

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I figured it out.

The linkedin hyperlinks don't work because of the "login wall" around linked in.

This is a workaround:

(1). have two browsers open, in the first be logged in to linkedin (I'm using Firefox) in the second browser (I'm using Chrome) be LOGGED OUT of linkedin.

(2). copy the URL from the logged in browser and paste into the logged out browser

(3). you will get a long URL like this:

https://www.linkedin.com/authwall?trk=ripf&trkInfo=AQGe2BFMPsrkNAAAAWL59zLwkH901PkKy0XUjxCt6D8k2kQPy...

(4). copy that URL into the hyperlink windown in indesign
(5). make sure you export your PDF as "interactive PDF" not "printable PDF" (option in the first dialogue box after "export"

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New Here ,
Jul 30, 2019 Jul 30, 2019

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The copy and paste into a logged out linked in isn't working for me. I wonder if they made the login wall stronger. -_-

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New Here ,
Jun 27, 2020 Jun 27, 2020

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Screen Shot 2020-06-28 at 0.39.53.pngWhen you press "Export" as PDF, you are shown "Export Adobe PDF" window. On its "Include" section below, tick "Hyperlinks." 

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New Here ,
May 02, 2021 May 02, 2021

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I think I figured it out! Hers how you do it:

 

* I was logged in during this process

 

Step 1 

 

Screenshot_40.jpg

Go to your main LinkedIn profile and click the 'Edit public profile & URL' hyperlink in the top right. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2

 

Screenshot_41.jpgNow copy and use the long link, this directs to your public profile. This is my link -> https://www.linkedin.com/public-profile/settings?trk=d_flagship3_profile_self_view_public_profile

 

 

 

 

Step 3 

 

Screenshot_42.jpgPaste the link into your interactive element, hyperlink, or button, and hopefully say goodby to the red dot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

// I'm not sure if this will work for everyone but it's the only thing that worked for me. I hope it helps, let me know if it does 🙂

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New Here ,
Sep 02, 2021 Sep 02, 2021

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I can't believe this is occuring after so many years - in the Hyperlink panel, the Linkedin link has a red dot with the error "URL is not available" even when the link is correct (yes, I went through the highlighted solution on this thread and still had the red dot)

 

BUT i exported the PDF and the link worked regardless. Yes, it takes longer to load than other URLs, but it works.

 

I have no idea why InDesign would show a red dot when the link actually works through and through, very misleading 😕

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