Links from Word

A hyperlink is an active rectangular area, typically containing underlined text, that leads to another location in the document, to another document, or to a web site.

PDF Links can translate almost all Word document links to comparable PDF links – including Table of Contents, Footnotes, Endnotes, Cross References, and Hyperlinks.

Click the PDF Converter button settings Links from Word PDF Links button in the Nuance PDF toolbar or use the corresponding menu item. This opens the Nuance PDF Settings for Word dialog box, whose Links tab offers the following settings:


Generate Bookmarks, Links, Comments, Tags in resulting PDF file

Select this checkbox to have changed settings applied to future conversions.

Footnote and Endnote Links

Select this option to convert Word’s footnotes and endnotes to PDF links. Footnotes appear at the base of the page containing the note. Endnotes appear at the end of the section or document.

Cross-Document Links

Cross-document links let you access other Word documents. Select this option to convert Word’s cross-document links to PDF links – including multi-document Table of Contents. Choose how the destination documents should be addressed.

With Full Path Name

This will include the drive letter or volume name.

With Relative Path Name

The path will be relative to the location of the original Word file. If PDF Links cannot find a relative path for a target document, for example if it is located on a different disk, the file name will be kept without the path information.


With full path names, you cannot move the files without breaking the links.

Relative path names allow you to move whole document archives easily.


Always change target document extensions to *.pdf

If this option is checked, all target files of cross-document references will have the PDF file extension. For example, if you create a link to an Excel file named “market.xls”, PDF Links will change the name to “market.pdf” in the resulting PDF link. Check this option only if you want to distribute all your document archives in PDF format.

Internet Links

Check this option to convert Internet URL addresses to PDF links automatically. This includes HTTP, HTTPS and WWW addresses. The link texts and the underlying URL addresses are transferred.


Cross Reference Links

These are jumps inside the current document. Select this option to have these converted to PDF links. If you deselect this, the link text remains, even with its formatting, but there is no active hyperlink.



Select a link rectangle type. The effects are as follows:


PDF Converter invisible Links from Word


PDF Converter thin Links from Word


PDF Converter thick Links from Word


Color and Style

Choose a color for the link rectangles, and whether the border line should be solid or dashed.

Highlight Options

Use this option to control the PDF viewer’s highlighting method when a user moves the cursor over links created by PDF Links. Select “None” for no highlighting, or “Outline”, “Invert”, or “Inset” to highlight the links.



The How to fit target page to window selection box  presents the following options:  


Inherit Zoom: Inherit the magnification of the page containing the bookmark – the page view zoom factor will not change if the PDF viewer window is resized.

Fit Page: Resize the page to fit entirely in the PDF viewer window if it is resized.

Fit Width: Resize the page to fit the width of the PDF viewer window if it is resized.

Fit Height: Resize the page to fit the height of the PDF viewer window if it is resized.

Fit Visible: Resize the page so its contents fit the width of the PDF viewer window.



You can also choose to have links transferred from Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.


Links from Word