How to Remove a Document Path From Adobe PDF


Portable document format is a file type that is regularly used to distribute material to users with different systems and software suites. The format allows the files to be viewed by anyone with a PDF reading program. To create PDF files, you must have a PDF writing program such as Adobe Acrobat. One of the features of PDF writing applications is the ability to insert or remove document and website links within the document. You can remove a document path from an Adobe PDF file by following a few steps.

  • Download a PDF writing software package. (See the link to Adobe Acrobat Pro, which has a fee associated with the program, in "Resources," below.)

  • Open the PDF file that contains the document path you want to delete. Click once on the “Open” icon on the menu bar. Choose the folder to which the PDF file is saved using the “Look in” menu. Select the file and click once on the “Open” button.

  • Use the “Tools” menu to select “Advanced Editing.” Click once on the “Link Tool” option. This will change the cursor to a “plus” sign.

  • Select the document path you want to delete by clicking once on the border. Right-click on the border and select the “Properties” option. This will launch a separate “Link Properties” window. Click once on the “Actions” tab and once on the “Delete” button. Click once on the “OK” button. This will delete the document path.

  • Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each document path you want to delete from the PDF. Make certain to save your changes using the “Save” option under the “File” menu. To maintain the original document, use the “Save As” option under the “File” menu to save the file as a separate PDF.

Tips & Warnings

  • Free versions of PDF writing applications are available. Just make certain the PDF writing software you choose has the capacity to link material to the document.

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