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.

Video Transcript
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now, on today's episode we'll learn how to use hyperlinks in iWork pages. So, to insert a basic hyperlink into a page's document, first select the text, then open the Inspector, you can do that by pressing the button here or going to view -> show inspector. Then you have all the tabs on the top, you want to go the second to the last one, the link tab. Then, there's some subsections in here: Hyperlink, Bookmark, Merge. You wanna make sure you've selected hyperlink. And you still have that text selector over here, and you simply check off "Enable as hyperlink". Link to a webpage, other options we'll talk about here, and then change the URL to what you want, and that's it, just deselect the text and you can see it remains linked there, and it's actually a live link, you can click on it and it will open up your web browser right now and go that page. Now, the great thing about this, you can export this page's document to, say as a .PDF and when you do that, you'll actually get a .PDF that has that hyperlink embedded in there. Just to do a quick export to the desktop, there's my file, I double-click on it, it will launch preview, there's the link there, I click on it, it will launch my browser, and go to the page. This even works with the export to e-pub format, so you can add hyperlinks in there, and someone can load them up to their iPhone or iPad and iBooks and the link will actually work. And when you copy some text from a website, let's just copy this paragraph here from MacMost site, and I paste it in a new page's documents, I get the hyperlink that's here, so you can see I can click on that there, I can click on this one here. If you ever want to get rid of that, you can select it and using that same inspector over here, you can turn off "Enable as hyperlink" and, now that's no longer a hyperlink piece of text. You can also change a hyperlink's tune to other things, for instance you can use bookmarks, let's scroll down here for a bit, and take the beginning of a paragraph and add a bookmark here, press the "plus" sign and it will add the bookmark to the list of bookmarks. Now, if I go back up to this hyperlink here, I can change it to instead of running into a webpage, link to a bookmark and select that bookmark from the drop-down list here, now when you click on it jumps right to that bookmark piece of text and that also works in a .PDF as well. Other ones you can do include an e-mail message and what this will do is open up the default e-mail client for that user, and start a message addressed to this e-mail address with this subject, you can also have it linked to a separate page's document anywhere on the hard drive. So there's a look at using hyperlinks inside the page's documents. For next time, this is Gary with MacMost Now.

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

    2/25/11 @ 9:49 am

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

      2/25/11 @ 9:59 am

      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.

    2/25/11 @ 11:43 am

    Thank you.

    2/28/11 @ 6:13 pm

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

      2/28/11 @ 6:25 pm

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

        3/4/11 @ 7:51 pm

        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.

          3/4/11 @ 8:55 pm

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

          Dick W
          4/26/11 @ 7:42 pm

          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.

    Tim Q
    7/21/11 @ 7:58 pm

    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?

      7/21/11 @ 8:44 pm

      I don’t know of an easier way than this.

    RA Jones
    7/27/11 @ 11:55 am

    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.


      7/27/11 @ 11:58 am

      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.

    7/30/11 @ 8:43 am

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

    8/15/11 @ 3:00 pm

    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?

    8/22/11 @ 12:51 am

    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.

    10/17/11 @ 4:56 am

    thanks for that. very helpful

    10/17/11 @ 4:05 pm

    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
    11/2/11 @ 7:03 am

    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.

      11/2/11 @ 7:14 am

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

    Jeremy Howard
    11/3/11 @ 3:49 am

    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
    11/27/11 @ 9:39 pm

    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?

      11/27/11 @ 10:58 pm

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

    4/27/12 @ 3:33 pm

    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?

      4/27/12 @ 3:46 pm

      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).

    5/7/12 @ 11:18 pm

    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
    7/22/12 @ 11:48 am

    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.

      7/22/12 @ 11:56 am

      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.

    8/10/12 @ 8:07 am

    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
    9/4/12 @ 4:17 pm

    THANK yOOU! I sooo needed to know how to do the bookmarking thing!!!


    9/19/12 @ 1:42 pm

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

    11/13/12 @ 4:50 am


    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


      11/13/12 @ 7:21 am

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

    11/22/12 @ 11:26 am

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

      11/22/12 @ 11:42 am

      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
    11/26/12 @ 11:28 am

    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?

      11/26/12 @ 11:42 am

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

    12/7/12 @ 4:36 am

    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

      12/7/12 @ 7:46 am

      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.

        12/10/12 @ 4:41 am

        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.

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