How to Modify URL Links in an Acrobat Document in Word

Adobe Acrobat documents are usually created from something else, like Microsoft Word. If you used Word to create the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) links you can easily edit the link or links and re-publish the files as a portable document format (PDF) file. If you do not have the original file and need to edit an Adobe file in Word, you will need to convert the PDF to a Word document (DOC) before you can make any changes. Once the file is converted, you make changes to the URLs and then re-publish the document.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word 2007


  1. Manually Edit URL Links in Word

    • 1

      Open Word and the document to modify. Right-click on the linked word or address in the document to edit the link.

    • 2

      Click on "Edit Hyperlink" from the drop-down menu. In the Edit Hyperlink dialog box, make any changes you need to in the "Address" field. Click "OK" to save your changes. You can also open the link or delete the link in this drop-down menu.

    • 3

      Save the file as a PDF by clicking on the "Microsoft Office" button, then point to "Save As" in the menu. Click on "PDF or XPS" to open the Publish as PDF or XPS dialog box. Click "Publish" to save the file as a PDF document. Upload the file to the Web or shared server to make the document visible to others.

    Convert the PDF to Word

    • 4

      Point your Web browser to a free online converter such as PDF Online or Convert PDF to Word. Select the PDF file to upload by clicking on the "Browse" button and navigating to the file you want to convert. Click "Open" after selecting the file name.

    • 5

      Click "Upload and Convert" or follow the site's instructions to upload the PDF to the conversion server. Select the file format to convert to something like "DOC for Word" document or RTC for Rich Text Format. The server modifies the file in a few minutes while you wait. Right-click on the site's link to download the file, or follow the site's directions, and open the transformed file in Word.

    • 6

      Modify the links by manually editing the URL links in Word, saving the file as a PDF and uploading it to the Web server.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are just editing a few links in a PDF file and you do not have the original file, you can edit online with software such as PDFescape. You can load a PDF from a hard drive or the Internet and edit it online without converting the file to Word.
  • You can edit links in Microsoft Word 2003 and 2010, but the directions will be slightly different.
  • If the PDF is password-protected, you will need the password before performing any action with the file.
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