New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus • Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts • Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Apps and Games Discussion of applications and games available for Mac OS X.

URL in Word doesn't work in PDF


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Interactive

 
Member Since: Nov 07, 2012
Posts: 27
Interactive is on a distinguished road

Interactive is offline
I have a document that has a hyperlink in Word to a standard website. The link works perfectly in Word but will not work when I save as PDF or "Print to Save as PDF".

The link shows up in the PDF as a link (blue, underlined) but it's not clickable.

Any ideas how to make this work? Do I have a setting turned off somewhere?

Using Word for Mac 2011 and Preview.
QUOTE Thanks
sryoder

 
sryoder's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 29, 2014
Location: Mexico and Oregon
Posts: 8
sryoder is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: MacBook w/2.26 GHz Intel Corre 2 Duo running OS 10.6.8

sryoder is offline
I'm no expert but my experience is that "print to save as PDF" is basically more or less taking a picture of the document and saving that picture as a pdf file. The hyperlinks don't get translated as hyperlinks since this is just a "print" of the document. Sort of like a screenshot of your desktop. None of the icons are clickable. My explanation may be wrong but that's been my experience after "printing" lots of documents and web pages to PDF.

-Steve
"The road goes on forever and the party never ends"
QUOTE Thanks
MBP17•David

 
MBP17•David's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 04, 2014
Location: England
Posts: 471
MBP17•David is just really niceMBP17•David is just really niceMBP17•David is just really niceMBP17•David is just really nice
Mac Specs: MBP17 8GB 2x960GB SSDs 10.9 • MBA11 4/128GB 10.9 • TC 2TB • TV3 • iPh6 128GB • iPh6+ 128GB

MBP17•David is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by sryoder View Post
I'm no expert but my experience is that "print to save as PDF" is basically more or less taking a picture of the document and saving that picture as a pdf file. The hyperlinks don't get translated as hyperlinks since this is just a "print" of the document.
It depends on the PDF engine used, but generally this is not the case: hyperlinks are preserved, when Print -- Save as PDF is used:


This is in Preview ^^


Interactive, I am not familiar with MS Office, but I thought all office suites have a built-in PDF creator - OpenOffice and Libre Office certainly do. If the problem persists, it might be worth checking these out - great software, not to mention it's free.

There could be a couple of reasons for hyperlink not to work, as far as I can see:
  • Security settings prevent any hyperlink to function in a PDF document, so the question would be: do you have any other PDF files, with working active hyperlinks?
  • Word might have placed restrictions on Save as PDF function in the print menu. To verify this, can you try to create a PDF file from, say a webpage, like the one above?

What does the Tools | Show Inspector tells you under PDF Producer in the problem file, in Preview?



It could also be 'Acrobat PDF Maker for Word' - I've just looked through a few docs, sent by a colleague who, I know, is using Microsoft digital contraptions

Dvid
QUOTE Thanks
Interactive

 
Member Since: Nov 07, 2012
Posts: 27
Interactive is on a distinguished road

Interactive is offline
When showing Inspector it indicates the same PDF engine you're example is showing regardless of if I "PDF" from Word or Safari. BUT, when I do it from Safari the links work, when I do it from Word, they do not.

This seems to indicate an issue with Word, but I can't find anything in the settings to turn ON or OFF.
QUOTE Thanks
MBP17•David

 
MBP17•David's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 04, 2014
Location: England
Posts: 471
MBP17•David is just really niceMBP17•David is just really niceMBP17•David is just really niceMBP17•David is just really nice
Mac Specs: MBP17 8GB 2x960GB SSDs 10.9 • MBA11 4/128GB 10.9 • TC 2TB • TV3 • iPh6 128GB • iPh6+ 128GB

MBP17•David is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Interactive View Post
This seems to indicate an issue with Word, but I can't find anything in the settings to turn ON or OFF.
Well, Word is certainly outside my comfort zone, so I won't be able to suggest anything meaningful really, but I must say, even though I have zero trust in Microsoft's ability to create decent software, I didn't expect the Office not to have its own PDF Producer (okay, it's been well over 15 yrs, since I used MS Office, so I'm seriously out of date on this one ). See, in OpenOffice all I have to do is to click on this very old-fashioned icon:



and I get a perfectly formed PDF file, with reasonable control over its quality (albeit not as detailed and professional, as Acrobat Pro / Distiller), created by the OpenOffice own PDF engine:



I would seriously suggest looking at either of the office suites mentioned ...

Dvid
QUOTE Thanks
Interactive

 
Member Since: Nov 07, 2012
Posts: 27
Interactive is on a distinguished road

Interactive is offline
I don't have a button in Word, but the process is actually pretty simple and "built in". I simply choose "Save as" and change the file format to PDF. Viola I get a PDF version of the document. I can also "print to PDF" which produces the same result.

I guess MS has chosen to use Apple's built in PDF engine rather than create something new or use a 3rd party solution. What's odd is that the PDF engine passes links through properly from Safari but not from Word. Maybe this is a holdover argument between Jobs and Gates permeating my user experience?!?!
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« i have os 10.9.3 but silverlight crashes? | Unsubscribing to Webshots »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
PDF app milsky OS X - Apps and Games 8 05-19-2014 02:31 AM
Microsoft Word for iPad is actually very handy !!! Without a Subscription. TattooedMac iOS and Apps 0 05-05-2014 10:16 PM
Need Mac Old-Timer Input MountainDawg Switcher Hangout 8 04-15-2014 04:37 PM
Wondershare PDF Pro FREE! Randy B. Singer OS X - Apps and Games 5 04-09-2014 02:45 PM
MicroSoft word "error" dkemp OS X - Operating System 1 04-01-2014 05:07 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:13 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?