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November 24, 2008

TIP: Editing PDF documents with hyperlinks

A customer recently asked me “I tried editing a sentence in a PDF document which had a hyperlink. I used the TouchUp Text tool to delete the sentence. However, I was left with a blue line which I could not eliminate. I used every tool on the drop down menu incl the Link tool but to no avail. Can you tell me what I can do?”

And my answer: “Links are “on top” of the PDF page, and often the original application will generate the text as well as a link (in your case a blue line) the PDF document. You’ll need to use the TouchUp Object Tool to delete the line as it is an object vs. text. The TouchUp Object tool is in the Advanced Editing toolbar (Acrobat 8 Professional or Acrobat 9 Pro/Pro Extended)


  • By James - 10:48 AM on December 10, 2008  

    I have been searching through dozens of pages trying to figure this out. I needed to change 4 letters of a URL (in a 500 page PDF) that shouldn’t have been a URL in the first place. And I wasn’t about to try and convert the source document to PDF again.

    Thank you for this tip.

  • By Mark - 6:49 PM on March 4, 2009  

    Have you experienced issues with Adobe hyperlinks created via the Tools, Advanced Editing, Link Tool feature. I found out that, by also experimenting with Quark 7.2 to create hyperlinks to Broker-Dealer website content items, there is a 249-256 character limitation for URLs when creating hyperlinks (about 8 bytes according to Adobe and Quark technical support). An outside site called exists to shrink down URLs however this is not a viable solution. We agree with our B-D IT team that we cannot redirect users to an outside site that then redirects them back to our site without security issues and risks that an outside could go down. Have you experienced this in your travels and do we as an enterprise, in other web, IT, and/or marketing groups, have a functionality to shrink the URLs to CIs within published content items (like within our new Weekly Update pdf) once the user gets behind the firewall to the published item on our websites?

    [[yes, there is a limit, however, I typically try to use shorter URLs that team creates for us called “go” links. For example is short and resolves to a much longer URL. I suggest you check with your IT group to see if they can help. ]]

  • By emma - 8:40 AM on July 19, 2011  

    i have a Word document- when you convert it to PDF it has 4 lines vertically down the page.?? [[emma – I would probably have to see the file to see what’s happening. you can send it to –lori]]