How to Add a Hyperlink to a Word Document & Have It Show Up on a PDF


The Portable Document Format (PDF) file format was created by Adobe Systems in 1993. The file format is used with over 150 million Internet documents. The document format is widely compatible across different computer systems, and numerous free PDF reader programs make it easy for users to access PDF documents. If you want to share electronic documents, PDF files are a good choice, and you can create them right in Microsoft Word. If you're new to PDF files, you may not know how to insert hyperlinks into Word for PDF conversion.

  • Open your document in Microsoft Word.

  • Highlight the text you want to hyperlink.

  • Click on the "Insert" tab near the top of the screen.

  • In the "Links" section, click "Hyperlink."

  • In the "Insert Hyperlinks" dialog box, click "Existing File or Web Page."

  • Type the name of the website you want to link to. Enter the full name, including the "http://" preceding common "www" sites.

  • Press the "Enter" key.

  • Click "File" and "Save As" when you're ready to turn the Word document into a PDF file.

  • Enter a file name in the empty space provided near the bottom of the window.

  • Click on "PDF" in the "Save As Type" list.

  • Click "Standard" for a larger-sized PDF file with clearer text, or click "Minimum Size" if you want your PDF to take up less hard drive space but have poorer quality.

  • Click "Save" to finalize the PDF document. Your hyperlinked text should show up in the new PDF document.

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