Linking to a page within a PDF (and more!)


If you have a PDF document live on the Web, can you link to a specific page within it instead of the PDF opening at the title page? Absolutely! The page=<pagenum> parameter let’s you do just that.

For example, try http://blogs.adobe.com/samartha/Handbook/pdf_handbook.pdf#page=8. When you click this link, the destination PDF opens directly at page 8.

There are several other parameters that you can specify when you open or link to a PDF document. The following parameters I think are especially useful:

For more information, see Parameters for Opening PDF Files (PDF) in the Acrobat SDK documentation set.

Another quick Acrobat tip

If you’re emailing the PDF or placing it in a shared network directory, you can also set it up to open at a specific page. Here’s how:

  1. Open the PDF document in Acrobat.
  2. Click File > Properties. Alternatively, use the Ctrl+D (Windows) keyboard shortcut.
  3. On the Initial View page in the Document Properties dialog, adjust the value of the Open To Page field.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Exit Acrobat and reopen the PDF file in it.

While at it, also read this Help topic to understand other settings/metadata that you can specify using the Document Properties dialog box.

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