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Making Clickable Links on PDF Files for Mac Users

I have to say that I LOVE my Mac!  My husband talked me into spending the money on one about 3 years ago when I was in grad school.  I'm soooo glad he did!  I would never go back to a PC after using a Mac.  It was worth every penny.  However, sometimes it takes me awhile to figure out how to do things on a Mac.  It does seem like there's always a way I just have to figure it out.  

It took me awhile to find the answer to this dilemma, but I now know how to make a clickable link on a PDF file on my Mac.  I would always put the links in my Powerpoint document but the links would get lost once I saved it as a PDF file.  I thought I was going to have to break down and buy Adobe (way too expensive).  There is a solution though!

*Edited to add - If you have updated your Mac to Mountain Lion, this will no longer work.  The new update has taken this feature away from Preview.  :(

So if you have the same problem, check out this video tutorial to solve it!

I hope you can find this useful!

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  1. Totally agree with you on the Mac thing. I used to HATE them in college. Then I got a job teaching and the computer they gave me to use is a Mac. Now that I have figure out how to use it, I LOVE it! Like you, I never want to go back to a PC.

    Crazy Daze in First Grade

  2. Thank you for doing this tutorial :) It was INCREDIBLY helpful as a new creator using a Mac (which I absolutely love and will NEVER go back to PC again...)!

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    1. One question though - I tried to do exactly what you said and after I've saved a version, I go back to my PDF and it doesn't link to the site I want - just! What do I do in order to correct this? Thank you!!


    2. Hmmm....I'm not sure why it would do that. Are you sure you pasted the link in the URL section? Sometimes technology can be so confusing!


  3. I just recently noticed that my links were lost... I had no idea for months, lol! So glad you made this tutorial!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  4. I have looked through your blog and love all of the things that you have created. Your tutorials were helpful to me. Thanks for the freebies and tutorials.

  5. Thanks for sharing that. I like learning cool new tricks like that!

    Simply 2nd Resources

  6. Thank you for your wonderful tutorial! It was exactly what I needed and so helpful!

  7. I'm saving this to look at later, I was having this problem in word, driving me nuts.

  8. Thank you! I needed to know how to do this.
    First Grade Found Me

  9. I don't have a "link" icon in preview... do you think I need a newer version??

  10. Thank you! Been searching for this...helps me make a "sensational shift" in my documents! : )
    Dr. Susan Bernstein

  11. Any ideas how to make this work now that the "link" icon is gone?
    Dirt Road Teacher

  12. What version of OS are you using here? When I open my PDF in Preview, I don't get the annotation option.......:/