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May 04, 2020

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I have seen a few posts about this, but my issue seems to be different, so I am opening a new thread.

 

I understand hyperlinks.  My issue is that I have a client that sends me "Flyers" she creates in Word - not sure what version, but nowing her it's no more than a few years old - that I export to pdf in Word 2016 Professional Plus and place into a digital publication that I do for her in InDesign CC 2020.  The files she sends - Word Docs - are fine.  When I convert them - her Word Docs, using Word 2016 Pro - to pdf the hyperlinks work just like they are supposed to.  When I import the pdf into InDesign the links no longer work.  They don't act like a hyperlink does in ID, so, obviously, when I make a pdf from ID they don't work.  Hyperlinks that I make in the text I create in ID for the rest of the publication work just fine.  I have created an Export PDF Preset that "Includes Hylerlinks" and even tried using that preset with Word, but no luck. 

 

If I just combine the PDF I made using Word with the ID file in Acrboat the links all work.  Unfortunately, I have headers, page numbers and other formatting in my ID doc that go around these "Flyers" my client creates, so combining with DC doesn't work in my application.

 

What am I missing?'

 

Any help is GREATLY appreciated, it can't be this hard

 

Thanks in advance

 

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Hi Patrick,

 

Sorry to hear about your difficulties. If I got your workflow correctly, you are exporting Word file to PDF and then you are placing the PDF to InDesign file? Is that correct? If yes, then it is an expected behavior.

 

When you place a PDF in InDesign, it's just an image of PDF. Neither the text nor the images are live. You could not edit that either. The correct way is to import the content from Word file itself. While importing Word file, please check "Show Import Options". This will open "Microsoft word Import Options" dialog box. Select "Preserve Styles and Formatting from Text and Tables"  and click OK.
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Let us know if this workflow helps resolving your query or if you have any further questions. We'd be happy to assist.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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Hyperlinks from Word 2016 lost when placed in InDesign

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I have seen a few posts about this, but my issue seems to be different, so I am opening a new thread.

 

I understand hyperlinks.  My issue is that I have a client that sends me "Flyers" she creates in Word - not sure what version, but nowing her it's no more than a few years old - that I export to pdf in Word 2016 Professional Plus and place into a digital publication that I do for her in InDesign CC 2020.  The files she sends - Word Docs - are fine.  When I convert them - her Word Docs, using Word 2016 Pro - to pdf the hyperlinks work just like they are supposed to.  When I import the pdf into InDesign the links no longer work.  They don't act like a hyperlink does in ID, so, obviously, when I make a pdf from ID they don't work.  Hyperlinks that I make in the text I create in ID for the rest of the publication work just fine.  I have created an Export PDF Preset that "Includes Hylerlinks" and even tried using that preset with Word, but no luck. 

 

If I just combine the PDF I made using Word with the ID file in Acrboat the links all work.  Unfortunately, I have headers, page numbers and other formatting in my ID doc that go around these "Flyers" my client creates, so combining with DC doesn't work in my application.

 

What am I missing?'

 

Any help is GREATLY appreciated, it can't be this hard

 

Thanks in advance

 

{Renamed by MOD}

Hi Patrick,

 

Sorry to hear about your difficulties. If I got your workflow correctly, you are exporting Word file to PDF and then you are placing the PDF to InDesign file? Is that correct? If yes, then it is an expected behavior.

 

When you place a PDF in InDesign, it's just an image of PDF. Neither the text nor the images are live. You could not edit that either. The correct way is to import the content from Word file itself. While importing Word file, please check "Show Import Options". This will open "Microsoft word Import Options" dialog box. Select "Preserve Styles and Formatting from Text and Tables"  and click OK.
preserve styles while importing text ID.png

 

 

Let us know if this workflow helps resolving your query or if you have any further questions. We'd be happy to assist.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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Hi Patrick,

 

Sorry to hear about your difficulties. If I got your workflow correctly, you are exporting Word file to PDF and then you are placing the PDF to InDesign file? Is that correct? If yes, then it is an expected behavior.

 

When you place a PDF in InDesign, it's just an image of PDF. Neither the text nor the images are live. You could not edit that either. The correct way is to import the content from Word file itself. While importing Word file, please check "Show Import Options". This will open "Microsoft word Import Options" dialog box. Select "Preserve Styles and Formatting from Text and Tables"  and click OK.
preserve styles while importing text ID.png

 

 

Let us know if this workflow helps resolving your query or if you have any further questions. We'd be happy to assist.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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Srishti

 

Sorry for the dealyed reply!

 

I finished that particular project and moved blissfully on to projects that had nothing to do with Word Documents

 

Thank you for your instructions, they worked like a charm!

 

I appreciate your time

 

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Glad to hear that, Patrick. Please feel free to reach out if you run into any other questions or issues in the future.

 

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