How do I create a link within the document, to a file attachment saved in the ‘attachments’ of the PDF?
This is another question that comes up with some regularity on AcrobatUsers.com and it doesn’t require any special scripting – as long as the attachments are PDF files. But first, let’s take a step back and look at why you might want to do this.
Perhaps you want to reference other nuggets of information in your PDF file, without building one large, multi-page file that could be confusing for the recipient to follow. This is easy enough to do by opening the Attachments navigation pane on the left-hand side (with an existing file open) and clicking on the Add paperclip icon in the panel.
Be sure to add a description of the attachment especially if the filename is not intuitive. You can do this by right-clicking on the Description field and selecting Edit Description from the context-sensitive menu.
Now, that you have a file attached, you need to draw attention to it from within the PDF document. To do this, you can use either the Add or Edit Link tool or the Add Button command. I’m going to use the Link tool because I have existing text in my document that references my attachment. To start, I’ll select the Add or Edit Link tool from under the Content Editing panel and draw a rectangle around the text using the cross-hair cursor.
In the Create Link dialog, select the link appearance and choose Go to page view under Link Action.
Click Next, and without touching the Create Go to View dialog, open the attachment from the Attachments panel. Set the exact magnification you would like the attachment to open at, then click Set Link.
Test the link by clicking on the Hand tool in the toolbar and clicking on the link.