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Lesson 2. Getting to Know the Work Area > Using and creating links

Using and creating links

In a PDF document, you don't always have to view pages in sequence. You can jump immediately from one section of a document to another using custom navigational aids such as links.

One benefit of placing Digital Arts online is that you can convert traditional cross-references into links, which users can use to jump directly to the referenced section or file. For example, you can make each item under the contents list of Digital Arts into a link that jumps to its corresponding section. You can also use links to add interactivity to traditional book elements such as glossaries and indexes.

Following a link

You'll try out an existing link before creating your own. You should be viewing the Contents at the bottom of page 3.

Select the hand tool (). Move the pointer over the Trapping Pitfalls listing in the Contents so that the pointing finger appears, and click to follow the link.

This item links to the Trapping Pitfalls section at the bottom of the first page.

Click the Go to Previous View button () to return to your previous view of the Contents.

You can click the Go to Previous View button at any time to retrace your viewing path through a document. The Go to Next View button () lets you reverse the action of your last Go to Previous View.

Creating a link

Now you'll create a link between the PIFL: Imaging Technology listing in the Contents and the corresponding article in the magazine.

You use the link tool to create new links in a document. To specify an activation area for the link, you drag over the desired area with the link tool. Then you set the destination view for the link.

Select the link tool () in the tool bar.

The link tool appears as a cross-hair pointer when you move it into the document. When you select the link tool, all the existing links in the document appear temporarily as black rectangles.

Place the cross hair above and to the left of the PIFL: Imaging Technology listing, and drag to create a marquee that encloses the entire text block.

The Create Link dialog box appears. This dialog box lets you specify the appearance of the activation area as well as the link action.

Under Appearance, for Type, choose Invisible Rectangle.

Under Action, for Type, choose Go to View.

The Go to View option lets you specify a page view as the destination for the link. The Go to View action is just one among many actions that you can assign to your link.

For information on the different action types, see "Using actions for special effects" in Chapter 10 of the online Adobe Acrobat UserGuide.

With the Create Link dialog box still open, click the Previous Page button () to go to page 2 of Digital Arts. The PIFL section is at the top of this page.

In the Create Link dialog box, for Magnification, choose Fit Width.

Click Set Link. The page view returns to the Contents.

You have now created a link from the Contents to page 2. The view will fill the width of the screen when the link is activated.

Select the hand tool (), and move the pointer over the PIFL: Imaging Technology listing in the Contents. Notice that the pointing finger indicates the activation area that you have just created.

Click the activation area to test your link. You should jump to the PIFL section with a Fit Width magnification view.

Click the Go to Previous View button () to return to the Contents.

Choose File > Save to save the Digarts1.pdf file.

Next, you'll edit an existing link in the Contents.

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