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Converting and Stylizing Hyperlinks

If you have one or more URLs in your document, you can use the Convert URLs to Hyperlink command (New!) to search the current selection, story, or document for URL strings and convert them to hyperlinks. The Convert URLs to Hyperlinks dialog box works like the Find/Change dialog box. You can find URLs and convert one URL at a time or convert them all at once. In addition to converting URLs to hyperlinks, you can also apply a character style to create a consistent look. However, if you don’t want them all the same, you can change the style and appearance of individual hyperlinks.

Convert and Stylize URLs to Hyperlinks

  • blue1-circle.jpg Select the Hyperlinks panel.
    • Click the Window menu, point to Interactive, and then click Hyperlinks.
  • blue2-circle.jpg Click the Options menu, and then click Convert URLs to Hyperlinks.
  • blue3-circle.jpg Click the Search list arrow, and then select the scope option you want: Document, Story, or Selection.
  • blue4-circle.jpg To apply a character style to the converted hyperlinks, select the Apply to Hyperlink check box, click the Character Style list arrow, and then select a character style.
  • blue5-circle.jpg Use the following buttons to find or convert the URL strings:
    • Find. Starts the search for the next URL string.

    • Convert. Converts the selected URL string to a hyperlink.

    • Convert All. Changes all find URL strings to hyperlinks.

  • blue6-circle.jpg If the Finished Finding URLs alert dialog box appears, click OK.
  • blue7-circle.jpg When you’re finished, click Done.

Change the Appearance of a Hyperlink

  • blue1-circle.jpg Select the Hyperlinks panel.
    • Click the Window menu, point to Interactive, and then click Hyperlinks.
  • blue2-circle.jpg Select the hyperlink you want to edit.
  • blue3-circle.jpg Click the Options menu, and then click Hyperlink Options.
    • You can also double-click a hyperlink in the Hyperlinks panel.
  • blue4-circle.jpg Double-click the hyperlink in the Hyperlinks panel.
  • blue5-circle.jpg For text, select the Style check box, and then select a character style.
  • blue6-circle.jpg Make the changes you want for the hyperlink appearance.
    • Type. Specify a visibility setting for the hyperlink.

    • Highlight. Specify a highlight setting for the hotspot.

    • Color. Specify a color for the hyperlink.

    • Width. Specify a thickness for the visible rectangle type.

    • Style. Specify a line style for the visible rectangle type.

  • blue7-circle.jpg Click OK.
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