MacMost Now 519: Hyperlinks In iWork Pages

Learn how to insert hyperlinks in Pages documents. Links can take readers to web pages, create new email messages or jump to other sections of the Pages document. The links will work in PDF and ePub files exported from Pages.

Comments: 41 Responses to “MacMost Now 519: Hyperlinks In iWork Pages”

    Glen
    9 years ago

    Gary,
    Is there a way to create a hyperlink in the same way, using the Mail app instead of posting a URL address?
    Thanks

      9 years ago

      Yes. First, you have to be composing a message using Rich Text, not Plain Text (Look in the Format menu). Then, select some text and Control+Click it. Select Link, Add Link. You’ll also see a Remove Link there. Then Mail will prompt you for a URL.

    Glen
    9 years ago

    Thank you.

    Bob
    9 years ago

    Can you use the bookmark hyperlink in a pages template such as a newsletter?
    If so how?

      9 years ago

      Not sure I understand your question. You can select text and assign a hyperlink in any document. Just like in the video.

        Bob
        9 years ago

        I can’t seem to use bookmarks in between pages with a newsletter template I can’t add a bookmark to hyperlink to, I even stopped at a best buy store, to see if I doing something wrong, he couldn’t make it work either.

          9 years ago

          My guess is because all of the text appears in boxes. Perhaps bookmarks only work in the main body text.

          Dick W
          8 years ago

          I was in attending a One-On-One training at Mac Store (Square One Ontario) to-day asking the same question. The gal doing the training could not do Book mark link etc. She did not think it could be done.
          DW

    Tim Q
    8 years ago

    Is there a short cut for adding a link in Pages? I really like the command+K shortcut to put a link in a Mail message. If it’s not in there automatically, is there a way to add a shortcut to an application?

    RA Jones
    8 years ago

    Two questions about Pages and ePubs:

    1. Is there an easy method for a novice to understand how to insert a video into Pages for later exporting to ePub – and won’t pages do many of the basic ePub actions that InDesign will do?

    2. Can you recommend a reasonable text editor for doing ePubs – even if I have to pay for it. I just don’t trust some of those “free” downloads.

    Thanks

      8 years ago

      I don’t know much about the ePUB format, but as I understand it, it is pretty basic. Just text with images inserted at specific spots so the reader can change the font size. Certainly no video.
      Maybe you are talking about some other format? Not familiar with InDesign either. Perhaps you’d get a better answer posting to an InDesign forum.
      So you want to create ePUB files? As I understand it, people just use Word or Pages and keep it simple. Then convert it to ePUB format using a tool that works for your target platform (Kindle or whatever). Lots of conversion tools out there. Many of the publishing companies (sites that let you publish to Kindle and such) have their own tool.

    AlphaEfficiency
    8 years ago

    Thanks for this tip, I figured it out straight away.

    Ryan
    8 years ago

    I am having a problem trying to insert a hyperlink into an image. I have used Inspector and can do it for anything else, just not on an image. Any help?

    TIM
    8 years ago

    i see what he means , im using a newsletter Template, and i want to create a bookmark, i followed you video, but it doesnt seem to work,when i highlight the text i go to bookmark, then i try to click the + sign to add, but it was not clickable, but when i click merge, the + button in that section is readable to be clicked. any help ? PLEASE! i also created a blank document it seems to work perfeclty there but having troubles with the newsletter.

    Heather
    8 years ago

    thanks for that. very helpful

    Matt
    8 years ago

    I was just experiencing the same problem of not being able to create bookmarks and I think I have found the fix. You need to be working in a Word Processing document and not a Page Layout doc. i.e. When you initially open a new document, be sure to select a template under the Word Processing heading.

    Jeremy Howard
    8 years ago

    I want to create a hyperlink in a Pages document that will be converted to PDF from an image. I already knew how to convert text into hyperlink, but I am wondering if there is anyway to do it with an image; i.e. a twitter or facebook button.

      8 years ago

      I don’t believe it works with images. But experiment and see what you can do.

    Jeremy Howard
    8 years ago

    If you want to fix hyperlinks to images and set bookmarks within the newsletter templates, suggest to Apple to fix this feature. Once in Pages, choose Pages, then Provide Pages Feedback. Perhaps enough emails will warrant an update to fix this issue.

    Grant Beevers
    8 years ago

    We have PDF documents which contain links to external websites. We already have the PDF opening up in a new browser window, and we want the links inside the doc to open up ina new window. Is there anyway way we can add the target=_blank parameter to a hyperlink in Pages?

      8 years ago

      I don’t know of any way to do that. Perhaps using Adobe Acrobat you can build targeted links?

    Cindy
    7 years ago

    This was well explained and I was happy to learn how to do it. The hyper links don’t work after I export to pdf though they work just fine in Pages. I’ve checked and double checked. I’m using Pages 09 and Mac OS X 10.7.3. Should I keep trying or is this not going to work?

      7 years ago

      In my experience, external links work fine in PDFs (internal ones do not). Probably depends on what you are using to view the PDFs (I tested in Preview).

    Jim
    7 years ago

    Great info but I have to tell you one most important thing has to be mentioned upfront…and no where have I seen this blatantly mentioned. You CAN NOT use the bookmark feature in Page Layout mode. It only works in WORDPROCESSOR mode. I was going 4 hours trying to make it work. I review this and other tutorials and I finally had to go to an Apple Store. Thanks FYI

    Kristy Thompson
    7 years ago

    I got the bookmarks and hyperlinks to work fine when I created them in Pages and then convert to PDF. However I need this to be an html format. So I converted the PDF to html in Acrobat 9 on my mac, and links and bookmarks no longer work. Any ideas? I have tried everything from creating doc in Word 2011 for mac then converting to PDF then html and still nothing. I am trying to create an online user guide.

      7 years ago

      I’m not an Acrobat user, but I’d imagine you’d need to re-apply the links since the conversion didn’t carry them.

    Lauren
    7 years ago

    Kristy, how did you get hyperlinks to work when you convert from Pages to a PDF? I am trying to send an email with a graphic that appears fully upon opening (not as an icon you have to click), but that only works when I convert to a PDF, but when I do, the links don’t work (even though the hand appears); the only think that happens is the image opens in Preview or Adobe Acrobat.

    Rochelle | The Single Status
    7 years ago

    THANK yOOU! I sooo needed to know how to do the bookmarking thing!!!
    YOU ROCK MY WORLD :)

    -Rochelle

    Elizabeth
    7 years ago

    Can you create a hyperlink in Pages that is attached to a graphic image?

    Alain
    7 years ago

    Hi,

    Interesting video, however doesn’t answer my problem.

    I’m an amateur genealogist, I’ve got .jpg images of various certificates which are sometimes difficult to decipher, so I type them all to keep a readable copy.

    Now I want to insert a hyperlink at the bottom of my text pointing to the said .jpg image, so that by clicking on it the image opens.
    It works welle in Word, or Neoffice (there is a provision in both to links to outside documents), but seems impossible in Pages if not a Pages document.

    Is there a way around it, since this is an important feature for me ?

    Thanks and regards

    Alain

      7 years ago

      Not that I can think of. Why not just include the jpg image at the end of the document?

    Bob
    7 years ago

    is it possible to bookmark or hyperlink between text boxes in pages?

      7 years ago

      Not sure what that would be like — between text boxes? You can link to a bookmark on another page. Maybe that is what you mean?

    Carrie F
    7 years ago

    When I insert a hyperlink to my Pages file, it reads normally in the Inspector window. However, when you click on the link, it changes the “#” in the hyperlink to “%23” making the hyperlink invalid. How do I fix this?

      7 years ago

      Haven’t come across this. Perhaps anchors are just not allowed in Pages hyperlinks.

    Michael
    7 years ago

    Hi there,

    I have hyperlinked words in the the text body of my ebook (written in Pages) to a dictionary at the end. This works fine. But I also want the reader to be able to return to his reading on the page he has just left. When I try to reverse the hyperlinking process, so the reader can click on the word in the dictionary and he is returned to the word on the page he was reading, the links (when sthe book is transferred to Calibre)sometimes work and sometimes they don’t. Is there a reason you can think of why they don’t work? A sequence of actions that has to be followed religiously? Or is there another solution to the problem (of returning to the page) that I don’t know about as a novice? (The hyperlinks work both ways in the original Pages doc.)

    Thanks for any help
    Michael

      7 years ago

      Sorry, it is hard to say what might be wrong without looking at it first-hand. I simply haven’t tired this. Just keep experimenting and trying to figure out when it works and when it doesn’t.

        Michael
        7 years ago

        It’s a weird problem that I only partially solved. The hyperlink sometimes led me back to a particular page in the contents section of my book. If I erased that page in the contents section and rewrote it the link worked again! Sometimes a link would lead me back randomly to any page. I couldn’t face rewriting whole pages so I added shortened notes within the text. Was I writing instructions as I was typing the original page, without knowing it? Is that possible? Curioser and curioser. Anyway, thanks Gary.
        Michael

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