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How to Convert Word to PDF and Keep Embedded Links

by | Dec 15, 2014 | Writing & Publishing

Note: These instructions are for Windows, not Mac OS.

Step 1: Save (Don’t Print)

Go to File->Save As and choose the destination where you want to save your file. Name your file. Do not click “save” yet!

Note: Although you can click Print and then choose to output a PDF, doing so will not result in a file with clickable links (even though they’ll still look blue as if they are).

Step 2: Set File Type

Under File Name, you’ll see a drop down menu labeled Save As Type. Click on PDF.

Step 3: Set Options

You can choose either option under Optimize For, although I recommend Standard (Publishing Online and Printing).

Then click Options. A window will pop up.

Under PDF Options (near the bottom), unselect ISO 19005-1 Compliant (PDF/A). Forcing compliance is what disables hyperlinks. By unchecking the box, your links will become clickable again. Click Okay.

Step 4: Click Save

You’re done!