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Lesson 10. PDF Web page > Dragging URL anchors

Dragging URL anchors

If your browser and your operating system support drag-and-drop between programs, you can also drag and drop URLs directly into a PageMaker publication. You can also drag URLs in from other programs that support drag-and-drop. When you drag a URL into a PageMaker publication, it is automatically added to the Hyperlinks palette as an anchor. The URL you will use is in a Web page stored in the 10Lesson folder, so you will open the Web page.

Select the text tool (). Click an insertion point after the words Endangered Species, and then press Return or Enter. Type Watchable Wildlife, and then select the words you just typed.

Open a Web browser. Arrange the folder window and the Web browser windows so that you can see the contents of both.

Using Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Macintosh), drag the file 10URL2.htm from the 10Lessons folder into the Web browser window.

If 10Final.pmd is open, close it. Position the Web browser window and the PageMaker publication window so that you can see the text in both windows.

In Windows, you can quickly arrange windows for drag-and-drop by clicking the taskbar with the right mouse button and choosing Tile Horizontally from the pop-up menu.

Switch to the Web browser, and drag the link Watchable Wildlife and drop it on the words Watchable Wildlife which you highlighted in PageMaker. Take care to drag the link right away without selecting the text—if you simply click, you'll open the link instead. On the Macintosh, if you don't drag the link immediately a pop-up menu will appear.

The new source and anchor are automatically added to the Hyperlinks palette.


If you only see the first part of the link in PageMaker, the link may be wrapping to a second line in the Web browser. Some Web browsers do not let you drag more than one line of text. Try making the browser window wider to fit the entire link on one line.

In PageMaker, click the maximize button so that the publication window fills the screen.

With the text tool still selected, click an insertion point in the text you just linked, and choose Edit > Select All. In the Styles palette, click WWW Links. This style visually identifies text that links to the Web. Formatting text does not affect its hyperlinks.

Select the pointer tool and select the text block containing the Web links.

Save 10Work.pmd.

If your Internet connection is active, you can test URL hyperlinks the same way you would any other kind of hyperlink.


The URL anchors in this publication were current at the time of publication, but may have changed. If you have trouble connecting to these URLs, double-click them in the Hyperlinks palette and type any working URL you want.

Select the hand tool () and position it over the words Biological Diversity. The hand tool changes to a pointing hand with a letter W, indicating that it is over a Web link. Click the words Biological Diversity. The page appears in your Web browser. If PageMaker asks you to find a Web browser, locate one on your computer.

PageMaker only asks for a browser the first time you connect to a Web URL.

You can change the Web browser PageMaker uses in the Online Preferences dialog box. Choose File > Preferences > Online.

Close the Web browser and switch back to PageMaker.



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