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Link to Page in PDF with Easy Ways [Internal and External links]

By Charlotte | Follow twitter | Updated on March 13, 2023
Perhaps you often need to link a table of contents, certain text, or other objects to specific pages in a PDF document. By doing so, you and other readers can navigate between related content and pages faster in just a click. To link to a page in a PDF, you need the right method and PDF editor.

Besides the internal links in PDFs, you may also need to create an external link to a page in a PDF. That means you can directly access a specific page when opening a PDF file. For both cases, we will walk through step-by-step instructions on how to easily link to a specific page in a PDF.

Link to Page in PDF with SwifDoo PDF

SwifDoo PDF enables you to link to a page in a PDF smartly. Actually, it can help add a hyperlink within a PDF to jump to a selected page, a specific location on a PDF page, a web page or another file. The software is both a PDF link adder and editor. It allows you to set the link visibility, and line style, thickness and color. You can edit and delete the links in a PDF at any time.

SwifDoo PDF also lets you do any other PDF task, from editing and annotating to converting and protecting PDF files. All the tasks can be done swiftly and straightforwardly. To link to a page in a PDF, follow the three steps below.

Step 1: Open your PDF file in SwifDoo PDF editor, tap Edit, choose Link and select Add or edit link;

Link to page in PDF with SwifDoo PDF step 1

Step 2: Draw a rectangle where you want to create a link, select the Go to a Certain Page option in the new dialogue box and enter a page number;

Link to page in PDF with SwifDoo PDF step 2

Step 3: Set the link appearance, then click OK to create the link to the specified PDF page.

Tips: In addition to using the “Go to a Certain Page” option, you can also link to a page in a PDF with the “Go to a Page View” option. Therefore, the second method is to check the “Go to a Page View” radio button in the “Add Links” dialogue box, click “Next”, scroll to the page you want to link to, and hit “OK”. This method allows you to link to a more precise part of a PDF page. For example, you can link to the upper or lower part of a page by scrolling to the location.

With SwifDoo PDF, it’s a breeze to link different contents to different pages in a PDF quickly. It may also help solve hyperlink not working in PDF. In addition to the ability to add links, the software has many more features.

Features of SwifDoo PDF:

  • Hyperlink to a page, a part of a page, a file, or a web page in a PDF.
  • Convert PDFs to HTML, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and various formats.
  • Add, delete, and change the text and images in a PDF.
  • Compress, combine, crop, and OCR PDFs.
  • Sign, watermark, and password protect PDF files.

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Link to Page in PDF with Adobe Acrobat

Creating a link to a specific page in a PDF is child’s play with Adobe Acrobat on Windows or Mac. The world-famous PDF editing software is developed to keep you as organized and efficient as possible. Besides linking to a PDF page, it has a distinct feature to link to a custom action. Its other capabilities range from creating and converting to commenting and organizing PDFs. You can use it to add attachments to a PDF if necessary.

The steps and screenshots below show how to link to a page in a PDF with Adobe Acrobat. 

Step 1: After opening your PDF in the software, go to Tools to choose Edit PDF;

Link to page in PDF with Adobe Acrobat step 1

Step 2: Click Link in the upper toolbar and select Add/Edit Web or Document Link;

Link to page in PDF with Adobe Acrobat step 2

Step 3: Drag your cursor to draw a box, and pick the Go to a page view action in the opened Create Link dialogue box;

Step 4: Click Next to set the linked page number, then tap Set Link to link the drawn box to the page of the PDF.

As top PDF software, Adobe Acrobat not only allows you to link to pages within a PDF, but also lets you link to web pages and documents.

Link to PDF Page by Adding a String to the HTML PDF Link

The above content talks about internal links in PDFs. If you want to create a link to open a specific page of a PDF file in HTML format, this is about an external link. It happens when you have turned a PDF into a clickable URL link. To link to a page in a PDF in this case, you can append a string to the end of the link. Here is a simple how-to guide and a practical example.

Step 1: Create a URL for your PDF named yourfile.pdf, such as https://www.domain.com/yourfile.pdf;

Step 2: Add a string in #page=[page number] format to the end of the URL, and save the entire URL.

For example, if you want to target a URL link to page 3 of a PDF, the correct URL should be “https://www.domain.com/yourfile.pdf#page=3”. When you click on the URL link, you can immediately read page 3 in the PDF in the web browser. So you don’t have to view the file from the very start.


When you have a PDF in which you want to link some section to a specific page, the mentioned two PDF editors are the solutions. We also introduced how to create a PDF link to open the PDF at a specific page on the web. Among the mentioned two PDF editors, SwifDoo PDF stands out with a small size and smooth performance. It’s much more cost-effective than Adobe Acrobat.

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Whether to link to a page in a PDF internally or externally, you can save this article to review the instructions freely.


Q:How do I link to a specific page of a PDF in Google Drive?

To link to a specific page of a PDF document in Google Drive, take advantage of Drive’s comment feature. Here is how to do it.

Step 1: First open the PDF in Drive, and select text on the page you want to jump to;

Step 2: Click the pop-up plus icon to add a comment, and tap the three dots menu in the comment box;

Step 3: Choose Link to this comment, and copy the displayed URL. That’s how you can link to a PDF page.

When you’re done, send the copied URL link to others. When anyone opens the link, it will jump to that comment part and page of the PDF without a curve.

Q:How do I link to a specific part of a PDF page?

SwifDoo PDF can tackle your needs to link a page in a PDF to another page or link to a small part of a page. To link to just a specific part of a PDF page, choose “Edit” > “Link” > “Add/Edit Link” > “Go to a Page View”, scroll down the pages and stop at the destination part, then click “OK” to create the link to this part.

In addition, you can add a bookmark to the certain part of a PDF page as a link. Open your PDF with SwifDoo PDF, select the text within the part you wish to link to, right-click on it and choose “Insert Bookmark”. Then, you can rapidly navigate to this linked position on the PDF page by opening the bookmark panel in the left sidebar and clicking this bookmark.



Charlotte has been in the software industry for 8+ years. She works for AWZWARE now as a passionate writer. She is good at providing simple guides to use various video, office and entertainment software. Charlotte also recommends many other useful tools to make your work and life easier. A food lover too.

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