5 Ways to Convert Word to PDF with hyperlinks

Want to Convert word to PDF with hyperlinks. You can use many methods to convert Word document to PDF files. But many methods will not preserve hyperlinks. After converting word to PDF, you will see a hyperlink but you can not click on that.

I have faced this situation when I converted my EBook from Word document to PDF file using Wondershare PDF element which is premium PDF editor software. It is the cheap and best alternative to the Adobe Acrobat DC reader. Even if I used premium software to convert my word document to a PDF file, it did not preserve hyperlinks. I have also tried another premium PDF editor software Able2Extract with no luck.

But finally, I have discovered two free methods to convert word to PDF with hyperlinks. Adobe Acrobat DC will convert doc to PDF with hyperlinks. If you don’t want to spend money, then read this article.

How to Convert word to PDF with hyperlinks?

Usually, you can convert word document to PDF from MS Word itself. Open Word document in MS Word. Go to Print -> Select Microsoft Print to PDF option at the printer Name -> Select OK. It will convert your Word document into PDF. But it will not preserve your word document hyperlinks in PDF file.

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You will see hyperlinks, but they are not clickable. Now let us see how to convert word doc to PDF with clickable hyperlinks.

1. Using MS word Other formats option

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A common and easy method to convert Microsoft Word document to PDF with hyperlinks is to use a built-in option available in Microsoft Word as a “Save as PDF“ option. This plugin is available in Microsoft Office 2010 and later versions.

Open your document with MS word.

Go to File -> Save As -> Other Formats.

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Click drop down symbol at Save As Type. Select PDF(.pdf) -> select Save.

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It will save your Word document as PDF file by preserving hyperlinks.

2. Using Foxit reader

  • Download Foxit PhantomPDF which is a free PDF reader with some PDF editing features. While installing it, make sure that you have selected word and Excel plugins.
  • Open your word document with MS word.
  • Select the Foxit PhantomPDF tab at the top. Make sure that the Preserve Document Properties option is selected. Click Create PDF.
convert word to pdf by preserving hyperlinks using foxit reader

It will create your PDF file with the working links.

3. Manually creating hyperlinks in PDF using Adobe Acrobat DC

  • Adobe Acrobat DC will help you in creating hyperlinks in PDF directly without using Word. It is also one of the best tools to use.
  • First, open your PDF file using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Click on the File option from the top main menu.
  • Select the PDF file in which you need to create hyperlinks
  • Click on the ‘Tools’ tab from the top menu beside the Home tab.
  • Find and expand the list of “Content Editing” tab.
  • Under this, you can select the “Add or Edit Link” option.
  • Now you can make a selection over the text that you to convert into a hyperlink.
  • A new dialog box will open.
  • You can choose the various settings from this dialog box as you wish.
  • Make sure to select the Link Type as “Invisible Rectangle” as you are adding the hyperlink and no need to see the rectangle shape for anyone.
  • Choose the Link Action option as “Open a web page” from the options available. Other options are Go to a page view, Open a file, and Custom link.
  • Click on the Next button in the dialog box.
  • Again a new dialog box will open, here you can enter the URL in the text box “Enter a URL for this link” and click on the OK button.
  • Now your text will be converted as a hyperlink.
  • This is a time-taking process as you need to repeat this process for every text that you want to convert into a hyperlink.

4. Auto-detecting URLs in PDF and converting them into links using Acrobat Reader

  • Adobe Acrobat DC is really useful software. It can help you a lot in detecting and creating links automatically in your PDF. This process is very simple.
  • Open your PDF file in Acrobat Reader.
  • Click on the ‘Tools’ tab from the top menu beside the Home tab.
  • Find and expand the Document Processing tab and then click on the “Create Links from URLs” option.
  • A warning message will be displayed in the dialog box saying ‘This operation cannot be undone. Would you like to proceed?’
  • You can proceed by clicking on the Yes button.
  • One more dialog box will open where you can select the page range.
  • You can choose All or page range that you want to detect the URLs and convert them into hyperlinks.
  • Click on the OK button.
  • That’s it done. Now Adobe Acrobat will detect and convert all URLs into links in your PDF. Make sure everything is in line with your requirements by manually checking the links.

5. Use WPS – best free MS Office alternative on Mac

Well, WPS is the free Office alternative on Mac. Since it is completely free and does some optimization over the Office, it is even much better than it’s a competitor.

You can convert Word to PDF with hyperlinks on Mac by using WPS for Mac by the following steps:

  • Download WPS for Mac here, and open your Word file with it.
  • Go to File and click on Export to PDF.
  • Under the Export options, check the Hyperlink box, and click on the OK button.
  • You can wait until it completes the saving process, and click & Open the File button on the new window.
  • You will see the hand icon when you hover your mouse on each hyperlink. That means all of them are clickable.


I think the first method gives you a quick solution installing no other software. If the first method fails, then you can use the second method. If you need complete PDF editing features, it is better to go with Adobe Acrobat DC Pro. But it comes with the monthly subscription plans. So I recommend you Wondershare PDF element. It comes with a lifetime license. It may not complete with the adobe reader, but it is the best alternative to the adobe reader.

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