I'm created an InDesign file using CS5. Where do I find the option to have my hyperlinks open in a new browser window? When I create the PDF from InDesign and post the PDF on my web site the links work, but open in the same browser window.

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I believe you can't tell your PDF how to handle links from InDesign.

From the Adobe forums:

If you want your hyperlink to an open an URL in another browser window, I don't think there is anyway to specify this directly in InDesign. However in Acrobat, instead of using an open web link action, you can use the following "Run a JavaScript" action to do this:


To add the Javascript, go to the Button's Properties > Actions Tab > Select Action: Run a Javascript and choose Add. You can write the previous code in the Javascript Editor.

UPDATE: Apparently the JS doesn't work with Acrobat X unless the user has some security settings modified. It also seems to have some issues in Chrome. So most people won't be able to see it. According to this thread in the same forum, as of today there is no way to guarantee a hyperlink will open in a new tab using InDesign and/or Acrobat.

  • Ok, if I use that in Acrobat. Should I even add the hyperlink in InDesign or just add the hyperlink in Acrobat? Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 22:42
  • My guess is you don't need to add it in InDesign, and it might get overwritten anyway. But I've just edited the question with more information, apparently the JS is not 100% reliable, as it doesn't work in Chrome :/
    – Yisela
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 22:44

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