for my recent project I have to make a PDF with endnotes at the end of every chapter. As we all know there's no easy way to do that in InDesign, only this more or less official workaround and some Skripts (e.g. from Peter Kahrel).

Anyway, I'm using the workaround from the Adobe-site and I'm looking for a way to link back to the place where the endnote has been set by clicking on the endnote.

Thanks in advance for trying to help me with this.

EDIT: I'm working with InDesign CS6.

Solution: Yes, I finally managed to come up with a solution and it's so simple that I'm embarrassed I didn't come up with it in the first place – Text Anchors and Hyperlinks.
Needless to say that this solution is also very impractical so I hope Adobe will work on that and include endnotes.

Here's how I did it:

  1. create hyperlink destination
    Highlight your destination text » Hyperlinks panel menu » New Hyperlink Destination… » Type: Text Anchor; Name: [to find it later you can leave the suggested highlighted text; I chose names like "02_03" – chapter 2; endnote 3]
    If you're sure that your text won't change you can also set a page-anchor instead of a text anchor.

  2. create hyperlink
    Highlight the part you want as a hyperlink » Hyperlinks panel menu » New Hyperlink… » Link to: Text Anchor; Document: obviously the document with your destination; Text Anchor: the name of the Text Anchor you just created; apply Character Style to make the link visible

Don't forget to export as an interactive PDF instead of a print PDF!

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Again it's a bit of a workaround, but you might be able to use Bookmarks to link the endnotes back to original text. More info here: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/bookmarks.html

  • Thanks, that's another option. But the problem is that you can't use bookmarks for the book itself, like in my project.. Nov 17, 2015 at 12:52

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