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How to delete a text hyperlink destination and duplicates

Explorer ,
Jan 27, 2023 Jan 27, 2023

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We have begun to use cross-references in ID and find it difficult to access the text hyperlink destinations. They are not listed in the hyperlinks panel (why not Adobe?).

 

If a text hyperlink is updated with new text, the old text is used in the hyperlink and be wrong in the cross-reference. 

 

I just want to delete a few text hyperlinks and change others' properties. It is becoming burdensome to use.

Or do we have to buy another piece of software to solve this problem?

 

Thanks.

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Explorer , Jan 27, 2023 Jan 27, 2023

My husband, thank the good LORD, told me to dig deeper. I went to the Hyperlinks panel and in the upper right, press on the hamburger menu. Select Hyperlink Destination Options from the menu. Up pops a window where you can select from the DESTINATION  dropdown the name of the TEXT ANCHOR. Here you can edit and delete text anchors.

 

Adobe had better add this to their instructions page.

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Jan 27, 2023 Jan 27, 2023

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Are you exploring/familiar with all the elements of the Cross References palette, including those in the 'hamburger' icon menu at its top right? Do none of those options reach the elements you're trying to change?

 


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Hey James:

To make a Text hyperlink destination (not one to the internet), I am using the Hyperlinks panel to create the text hyperlink. IF you look in the hyperlinks panel, that text hyperlink destination is not there. It's not visible, part of the list. That's what bothers me. If you cannot see it in the hyperlinks panel, how can you delete the destination or change the destination? You can't. This needs to be fixed by Adobe.

 

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As Mike noted, 'Hyperlinks' and 'Cross Refs' are not the same thing. The links for cross refs are in the Cross References panel:

 

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Entries in the Hyperlinks panel and the Cross-References panel are not the same entries.

Mike Witherell

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James and Michael are correct.

 

Here's a link to the Help article for the Cross References feature in InDesign which might help:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/cross-references.html

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Hey Steve:

Thanks but these instructions do not address the fact that the text destination (called a hyperlink) is not listed in the Hyperlinks panel and so cannot be changed or deleted. This is something that Adobe has to solve for us users.

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My husband, thank the good LORD, told me to dig deeper. I went to the Hyperlinks panel and in the upper right, press on the hamburger menu. Select Hyperlink Destination Options from the menu. Up pops a window where you can select from the DESTINATION  dropdown the name of the TEXT ANCHOR. Here you can edit and delete text anchors.

 

Adobe had better add this to their instructions page.

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Yes, that's where text anchors live.

 

Which are a part of document hyperlinks.

 

And which are accessible in the same menu mentioned twice above.

 

Glad you found the solution.

 


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Actually it does give directions in the Hyperlink Help file:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/hyperlinks.html

 

It's in the section "Manage Hyperlinks" > Edit or Delete Hyperlink Destinations.

 

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You mean this one, accessed by clicking Help | InDesign Help?

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I always use Google. I searched "indesign help hyperlink" and got the whole article:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/hyperlinks.html

 

Adobe search can be pretty worthless, unfortunately.

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Always use "InDesign help" and it's the helpx files that will appear.

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I agree; the integral search is not always the best route. But the search above, via the Help UI, brought up two or three immediately useful prior posts that specifically answered the question using the OP's key term.

 


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