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I have a Microsoft Word document with hyperlinks in it. When I save it as a PDF document, those hyperlinks no longer open that link in a new window. I have tried all the settings under the "Target Frame..." option, but those don't seem to persist.

Is there any settings that help with this to make all hyperlinks in the document open in a new window?

I am currently using the Acrobat plugin, but could move to a different plugin if it offers this feature.


I am using Word 2007

I can create PDFs using plugins for word (either the Acrobat plugin or the Microsoft PDf/XPS plugin). The problem exists after that.

So here is my scenario:

Once I create a PDF, I place it up on a website for users to view. This PDF has additional links to other websites for more information. Once a user pulls up my PDF, its embedded inside the browser. The problem arises when a person clicks on one of these links and gets transferred to a different website. Some people have problems clicking the back button getting back to the PDF. So I am looking for a way for those links embedded inside the PDF to open inside a new window, just like one would do with an HTML page.

Google does not turn up anything expect a lot of dead ends and/or this can't be done, which very well may be the case, was just hoping for a better solution.

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What options does that "target frame" give you? For HTML, only _blank (including the leading underscore) would be appropriate. Anything else might open a new window for the first click, but then also name that window with that target-name. Hence, subsequent clicks would re-use that same window. – Arjan Apr 30 '10 at 14:51
And maybe to see if it's really a PDF-generation problem, rather than a browser or browser plugin problem: what if you test with a PDF exported from Or test using a different browser? Or test by actually downloading the file first? – Arjan Apr 30 '10 at 14:55
I have tried all the options now in word 2007 & Open Office. I basically want to replicate the "_blank" option given in straight HTML code, yet I can't figure out how to replicate this with links inside a PDF. – Erik L May 20 '10 at 20:48
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I found that if you go into Edit > Preferences > Documents and then uncheck "Open cross-document links in same window" that it will then open the links in a new window. It was driving me crazy too.

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Must be a new addition into the PDF reader, but that did the trick! – Erik L Apr 2 '12 at 19:48

Download and install Microsoft's official plugin to save documents as PDF:

2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS

After it's installed, you can save your Word document as PDF, and have your hyperlinks clickable on the PDF document. I've tested it and it works. Trust me ;)

By the way, I assume that you are using MS Word 2007. This plugin is just for MS Office 2007.

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Thanks for the plugin! Seems a heck of a lot simpler to use. However, this did not solve the problem :(. Please read my clarification. – Erik L Apr 29 '10 at 13:59

When you create the link in Word, you must edit the target frame: Make link in Word, right click, add hyperlink. Then new dialogue pops open. On the right, you will see "Target Frame." Click this and choose the correct option from the drop down menu. Voila!

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I've tried all those options, and none of them work the same way in the exported PDF. – Erik L Apr 30 '10 at 13:26

I've found that if you hold down the Ctrl key while clicking the hyperlink the linked document will open in a new window.

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I searched all over the internet and nobody had a good solution.

Finally stumbled upon this program and it was exactly what I needed to open links in new tab/window. They also have a demo version so you can see how it works.

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