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Unable to create a hyperlink to a text anchor in InDesign 18.1 version

Community Beginner ,
Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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I cannot find how to set a text anchor, even though I can create a hyperlink to a text anchor. Is this a bug? Am I missing something?

 

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Community Expert , Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

I missed your last sentence:

 

To get to the Hyperlinks panel, choose Window > Interactive > Hyperlinks.

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Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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If you're creating a text anchor, use the Type tool to place the insertion point, or select the range of text that you want to be the anchor. You cannot set up an anchor destination for text on a parent page. Choose New Hyperlink Destination in the Hyperlinks panel menu. Choose Text Anchor in the Type menu.

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Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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Not quite right. Choose New Hyperlink Destination in the Hyperlinks panel menu. Choose New Hyperlink Destination and when the dialog opens it will show Text Anchor:

 

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Community Expert ,
Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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Steve's got it.

 

FWIW, I find InDesign's whole hyperlink feature/system to be unnecessarily complicated and scattered. You may find that it's easiest to avoid all the menus and access points except those of the Hyperlink palette. Between often needing that pane's information and having every related command (as far as I can see) available from its 'hamburger' menu, it helps simplify the effort a lot. (For example, it's frustrating that some of the menus and features are duplicated elsewhere — but this critical one exists only there, a bit hidden!)

 


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Community Beginner ,
Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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Thanks! I think something must have changed very recently. I've got version
18.1. When I point at the Hyperlink option, it doesn't give me the option
to add a destination anywhere. I also cannot seem to locate or bring up a
hyperlink panel.

Jon Carl Lewis
He | Him | His
20 Perdicaris Place, Trenton, NJ 08618
(609) 203-8767 joncarl.lewis@gmail.com

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Community Expert ,
Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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I am using InDesign 18.1:

 

1. If you're creating a text anchor, use the Type tool to place the insertion point, or select the range of text that you want to be the anchor. You cannot set up an anchor destination for text on a parent page.

 

2. Choose New Hyperlink Destination in the Hyperlinks panel menu. Choose New Hyperlink Destination and when the dialog opens it will show Text Anchor (see the illustration on my previous post).

 

So first select the text for the anchor, then you can choose the option from the menu of the Hyperlink panel.

 

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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Hi @joncarllewis,

 

Thank you for reaching out, and sorry to hear you are unable to see the Hyperlink panel in InDesign. In addition to what our expert has suggested. Could you please share a few more details?

 

  • Would you mind telling us the details of your operating system? 
  • Does that happen with all files or with a specific file?

 

I checked at my end on a windows machine, and I can also see the Hyperlink Panel and Destination. Please see the attached screenshot.

 

HARSHIKA_VERMA_0-1674761268784.png

 

We will try our best to help.

 

Thanks,

Harshika

 

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Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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I missed your last sentence:

 

To get to the Hyperlinks panel, choose Window > Interactive > Hyperlinks.

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Jan 26, 2023 Jan 26, 2023

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Thank you SOOO Much! I never would have found that!

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Turn off the email signature when responding via email. You personal contact info is displayed on the web if you don't. I'll delete it this time for you.

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Thanks, Bob!

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