Let's say you have 5 .docx files, A-E. Some links in A.docx point to (probably relatively) to B.docx. So you would have a sentence in A.docx that says something like "For more information on this topic, see B.docx" and a link associated with B.docx that opens up that document (maybe the link is file:\c:\docs\B.docx).
What I want to do is combine the 5 .docx files into 1 PDF file, with each .docx file being appended to the one before it. I want links preserved, but changed to reflect the new 1 whole PDF document instead of 5 separate ones. So instead of the link being file:\c:\docs\B.docx, it should be now be something local since B.docx is now integrated in one file with A.docx. So we need a bookmark or something else in order to get to the first page of B.docx.
Right now, these type of links in the combined PDF still try to reach a separate document and give me a "File Not Found" type of error. I suppose I expect this on the surface, but I am trying to find a way to correct it.
Does this make sense?
Optimally, I would like a non-brute force, reusable method to accomplish this task (either within Word or programmatically) without having to cut and paste B.docx to the bottom of A.docx, then cut C.docx to the bottom of what is now A|B.docx, etc. and then manually add bookmarks and change the links. However, I am almost resigned to the point that I will have to go the cut | paste, add new bookmarks, change all links manually route. The problem is that each document can be on the upward of 300-400 pages, making cut | paste a bit of a pain.
Note 1: The way I create the 1 PDF is by "Save As" each .docx file as a .pdf from Word, then using Adobe Acrobat to combine the .pdf files into 1.
Note 2: Someone else on another forum actually had the same problem and wrote the question this way... "I've created hyperlinks from one DOC file to bookmarks in another. When converting to PDF, I've combined the DOC files to create a single PDF document. In the PDF document, the hyperlinks open the DOC version of the file rather than linking to a page in the PDF document. Is there a way to have the hyperlink convert so that it's not opening a DOC file but rather pointing to the correct bookmark in the PDF doc?"
Note 3: All local hyperlinks work fine when I combine the documents into one PDF. It is the cross-document links that I am trying to figure out the best way to handle.