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PDF Button to open folder, opens in web browser instead of file explorer

New Here ,
Oct 25, 2021 Oct 25, 2021

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Hi!

 

I have made an interactive PDF with InDesign and included several buttons to link to a specific folder on my computer. The PDF acts as a guide through a bunch of folders and subfolders. The button and links work (by adding a button > Go To Url > and as the URL the folder path.

 

But when clicking on the button in Adobe Reader, the folder is opened within a web browser (e.g. Firefox). I would like the folder to open with the Windows File Explorer itself. Does somebody knows how to do this?

 

When transfering the folders and PDF to a colleague, on his computer the links are opened with file explorer. So I assume that this should be a setting?

 

Thank you in advance,

Simon

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Oct 25, 2021 Oct 25, 2021

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In Acrobat, you can attach external files. The master PDF can have links to these attached files, and open the file with associated application.

Another option would be to create a virtual disk. Copy all external files to the virtual disk. Create links in master PDF to the external files. Master PDF will also reside on virtual disk.

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Oct 26, 2021 Oct 26, 2021

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Hi Jeffrey,

 

Thank you for your reply. I do not follow exactly what you are trying to say, is there documentation regarding this topic?

What I'm trying to do is link to a folder (not files), but when clicking on the links withing the pdf a web browser opens. I would like that the Windows File explorer opens the folder instead, not the browser.

 

 

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Oct 26, 2021 Oct 26, 2021

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I have added a illustration for clarification.

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Oct 27, 2021 Oct 27, 2021

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Sorry, I should have started my suggestion with "Linking to a folder is not possible, however..."

Both methods I suggested are workarounds that will allow you to include external document to master PDF, not necessarily allow the user to view a folder structure, but at least allowing access to files.

If having the folder structure is imperative to project, you could create a simulation. Link would open a graphic (resembling a folder). Within this graphic, there would be document icons that when clicked, could open the attached document.

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Oct 27, 2021 Oct 27, 2021

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Attached is a PDF demonstrating the simulated folders with attached files. Please note, the PDF works in Acrobat/Reader only, you will need to download.

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