How to add a hyperlink

Learn how to add hyperlinks to text and objects, and create email links to open a message window. (See how, 2 min)

If your document will be shared online, it’s helpful to include hyperlinks. Instead of copying a link and pasting it into a browser, your viewer can simply click the hyperlink to get to the desired destination. In InDesign, you can set up text links as well as non-text objects as hyperlinks, and it’s just as easy to link to an email message.

 

Set up hyperlinks in InDesign
Set up hyperlinks in InDesign

Use the Type Tool to select the URL text. Right-click and select Hyperlinks > New Hyperlink from URL from the context menu. The text will be converted to a hyperlink to the location described by the text.

Convert a URL into a hyperlink
Convert a URL into a hyperlink

Marquee select an object with the Selection Tool. Right-click, and choose Hyperlinks > New Hyperlink from the context menu.

Turn an object into a hyperlink
Turn an object into a hyperlink

Select Link To: URL, and type the URL. Select Type: Invisible Rectangle, and Highlight: None.

When you distribute the document as a PDF or SWF file, the viewer will be able to click this object to automatically open the URL in their browser.

Enter the URL to link to and choose its PDF appearance
Enter the URL to link to and choose its PDF appearance

Select the text to link to an email. Right-click, and select Hyperlinks > New Hyperlink from the context menu.

Link to an email
Link to an email

Select Link To: Email, and enter the Address and desired Subject Line. Optionally, you may specify a highlight appearance when a viewer clicks the hyperlink. For example, select Highlight: Invert to invert the link color. 

When you distribute the document as a PDF or a SWF file, a blank email message will open in the viewer’s default email client when the email link is clicked.

Tip: If you expect to use this email link in other documents, you can store it in the Hyperlinks panel for easy access. Select Shared Hyperlink Destination to add it to the Hyperlinks panel.

Store the email link in the Hyperlinks panel
Store the email link in the Hyperlinks panel for reuse

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