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Creating Buttons

Buttons are important elements of any multimedia display. The user clicks a button to trigger any number of actions—playing a movie, going to a certain PDF document page, opening a file in any other application, playing a sound, or linking to a Web page. Any element can be used as a button. Acrobat's Link tool makes the process relatively effortless.

To turn an existing element into a button:

1.
Open a PDF file that contains words or graphics that you want to turn into a button.

2.
Choose the Link tool (L) from the Editing toolbar (Figure 9.1).

Figure 9.1. Choose the Link tool from the toolbar.


3.
Drag a marquee around the object you want to use as a button.

When you release the mouse button, the Link Properties dialog box appears (Figure 9.2).

Figure 9.2. After you draw with the Link tool, the Link Properties dialog box appears.


4.
Choose Invisible Rectangle from the Type pop-up menu.

5.
Choose Invert from the Highlight pop-up menu.

6.
From the Type pop-up menu in the Action section, choose the type of action you'd like the button to perform.

For this example, I've chosen the Go to View action, which immediately opens and displays any page in any file that I choose. You can also set the magnification level at which to display the page.

7.
Click the Set Link button.

The button object looks no different than it did before; only the edges will change when you click it with the Hand tool.


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