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I'm using Microsoft PowerPoint 2011 to create a presentation, and want to save the document in PDF form. However, when I save the file using Mac's print dialog, hyperlink information is lost in the resulting PDF file. How can I save the presentation as a PDF while still enabling hyperlinks?

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I know this is a few years late, but I finally found the workaround since Microsoft is too lazy to fix this for Mac. If you open the PowerPoint in Apple's Keynote, then export from Keynote as a PDF, all hyperlinks (both in-document and URLs) will remain intact!

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Works! Thank you very much. – tamberg Aug 31 '15 at 8:33

I tried both options, but only the keynote version worked. I did lose some formatting which had to be recreated in Keynote but the hyperlinks work now.

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You can still save it as a PDF with working links, but there's a slightly different way to do it.

Go to File => Save As...

Next, select "PDF" for the Format dropdown. PDF will be listed under "Common Formats" in the dropdown.

The reason the PDF export from the print dialog doesn't export the links is because the links aren't part of the usual data that would matter when printing, and so such things are stripped out when sent to the PDF "printer".

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Is there also a way to have the notes saved in the PDF? – summatix Jul 5 '11 at 15:04
Even when I use this method, hyperlinks aren't being saved in the resulting PDF – summatix Jul 5 '11 at 15:08
And you're using Office 2011 for Mac? I personally tried this right before recommending by making a hyperlink in a Powerpoint and then doing a Save As... I then opened the saved PDF in Preview and was able to click the link. – UtopiaLtd Jul 5 '11 at 18:20
I went back and tested some more. It only carries over if the link itself has the URL in the text. – UtopiaLtd Jul 5 '11 at 18:29
It seems if you remove the http from the text the hyperlink doesn't carry over – summatix Jul 5 '11 at 19:12

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