Tips: Linking Within a PDF File Using Named Destinations

Steven Hodgin | October 11th, 2014 | PDF, Tips

PDF (Portable Document Format) files are mostly used to share documents on the website, with friends or to safely share crucial business information, etc. Most of the PDF files are created by Microsoft Word; meanwhile, Adobe Acrobat XI Pro purchase has to be made. A PDF document can store fixed layout documents, text, graphics, fonts, tables, and other information that needs to display in it.

Some Features of PDF File Format

Multi Platform Support

The PDF file can be viewed and printed via any platform, including Mac OS, Windows, and mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone, and Android. Even, e-book reader such as; Sony Reader, Bamboo, Kindle Fire, etc.

Security Provisions

PDF password provides an easy way to restrict access and usage of your PDF content by an unauthorized user. And an electronically signed document assures your digital identity. A user can set password to protect PDF file content from being copied, edited, printed, and page extraction. Also, if you don’t want others to open your PDF file, you can set a User Password instead of the Owner Password to restrict the access on PDF at all.

document restrictions summery


PDF objects can be easily compressed, especially images; without a visible loss of quality.


In a PDF file text in document & metadata make PDF file easily searchable. It is very useful when a PDF file is very large in size and has multiple pages in it. Note: Image format doesn’t support search features, because there is no text in it to perform a search using a matching term.

Font Management

All fonts that have been used in the file can be embedded in the document which guarantees that the text will look the same even in case the file is shared/reproduced. To save space, fonts only contain the parts that are needed.

Steps to Add Linking Within a PDF File Using Named Destinations

Linking To A Specific PDF File Page In A Web Page:

This is the simplest method that doesn’t need any editing of the original PDF file. The process is same as linking to any web page. The first step is same as the normal linking process, i.e., copy the below link and open it in a new tab:

  • The next step is to link a specific page in the PDF document:

Using the same file as an example, I want to link to the 3rd page, where the content is started in the document. I am using a #page= page no. i.e. 3 at the end of the link.

New link:
<a href=”″>File Link</a>

Linking to a Specific Destination Within a PDF File In A Web Page:

Linking to a specific destination is also the same process, but needs a few more steps and setting up. First, you’ll need to create the destination.

Create a destination in a PDF document using Adobe Acrobat:

    1. Manually navigate to the desired location.
    2. Right click on the navigation pane and click on the Destination.


    1. This will open the Destination page;
    2. Right click and select New Destination, enter a suitable name and select the text that you want to link by destination:


Note: Make sure the name doesn’t have any spaces, because that way it becomes easier to link the text.
Now you are ready to link to the destination using a similar pattern as linking to a specific word on a specific page, use #nameddest it the place of #write.

Affix “#nameddest=” and the name of your selected destination. For example, if your PDF has a named destination, i.e. “general”, that points to where the content is started, then your link will look like the below link:

Text Link

For example, check this:

Conclusion: PDF Document also has many other features except the one discussed above. I have found the top 5 features and have listed them above. All the above steps are self tried and tested. I used IBM® Lotus Notes® and Domino® 8.5 Reviewer’s Guide PDF file, to show the example.