Web Tip – Deep Linking Into PDF Documents

Here’s one of the better web tips I’ve stumbled across…

Have you ever linked to a webpage that had an anchor in it? For example, the link url would end in ‘something.htm#part1’, and the user would be taken to an exact spot in the webpage. This is accomplished by placing an anchor tag at the desired location of the landing page. Following this example, at some point in the landing page HTML you would find the tag ‘<a name=”part1″>’.

Did you know that you can do the same thing with an Adobe PDF file? Only with PDFs, there are no anchor tags involved. Just select your page and position, and link away!

Here’s an example of linking to a specific page:
<a href=”http://www.website.com/pdffile.pdf#page=6″>
link text here</a>

For a more detailed explanation on how to change the viewer resolution or zoom in to an exact spot on the page, check out
this link


  1. Good point – but I wonder why we’re offering tips from a Dutch university site when Adobe explains it all – http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/pdfs/c01acrotip.pdf

  2. Thanks Simon, a much better link.

  3. This is a great tip, Steve! It’s completely useful and one of those things I ought to have known. Thanks.