How to Convert Word to PDF and Keep Embedded Links
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