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Why are my links breaking when used inside a table?

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I have a InDesign doc that has several columns (name, address, website link, etc). When converting to pdf the urls break and I cant figure out why. The only thing I can thing of is they are long urls and are wrapped onto 2-3 lines. When I copy the url and paste it outside the table and extend the text box so the url is on one line then it works. However thats not what we need.

So why are urls that are wrapped on a few lines not working in a table and is there a way to fix this?

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Why are my links breaking when used inside a table?

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I have a InDesign doc that has several columns (name, address, website link, etc). When converting to pdf the urls break and I cant figure out why. The only thing I can thing of is they are long urls and are wrapped onto 2-3 lines. When I copy the url and paste it outside the table and extend the text box so the url is on one line then it works. However thats not what we need.

So why are urls that are wrapped on a few lines not working in a table and is there a way to fix this?

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Well, that's a surprise, Jeremy.

When I paste a long link directly in a table cell, it's broken, as you describe.

When I paste the same link in a text frame, it works.

Workaround: When I copy the text frame and paste it in a table cell, it works.

Screenshot 2018-04-25 10.06.47.png

~Barb

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Thanks. Unfortunately creating a text frame for 100 rows is not ideal

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Are these URLs set in the hyperlinks panel or are counting on Acrobat to automatically read them?

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In my test file, I added the three hyperlinks via the Links panel.

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Bob - not sure I understand. I just copy/pasted from excel into a table in InDesign

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No, definitely not ideal! You can report this as a bug or feature request here:

Adobe InDesign Feedback

~Barb

Note: Short URLs work as suspected so I'm going with bug.

Screenshot 2018-04-25 10.27.35.png

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How do you report a bug?

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Use the link I gave in the previous response^^. And if you come back and post the link here—once it is approved—others with the same issue can link over and vote it up (as will I).

~Barb

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My point is “are they really URLs” Do they show up in the hyperlinks panel or are they just text of a URL which Acrobat will, by default, convert to a live hypelink.

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Hi Bob:

This is where it gets interesting. In Acrobat, the ones with the green lights in InDesign work as expected. The multi-line in the table cell with the red light does not. (Again all 4 added thorough the Links panel.)

Screenshot 2018-04-25 10.45.59.png

When you look at the link boxes in Acrobat, InDesign has added http:// as a prefix to the broken one is so the URL opens with http://https://www.... It doesn't add it to the ones that work. This could be fixed in Acrobat but note how Acrobat gererated a link for every single line. Every single line would need to be fixed—pasting the frames into the cells in InDesign would be faster. And before you ask, Link > Auto-Create Web Links from URLs doesn't work to fix it.

Broken in InDesign adds the prefix:

Screenshot 2018-04-25 10.50.03.png

Working in InDesign does not:

Screenshot 2018-04-25 10.50.17.png

~Barb

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