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I thought I would share something that I find useful when creating InDesign documents with links in them for use on mobile devices as they are not always very easy to select. An example is a word in a block of text or a very small image.

It is very easy to increase the selection area to more than just the hyperlink item. Here I explain how to do it in a few simple steps so you can still provide a reasonably sized navigation point from a very small place or a tiny navigation item to be hyperlinked.

InDesign Link Step 1

First draw an invisible rectangle around the place you want to show as a hyperlink using the Rectangle Frame tool. Make sure the rectangle covers a larger area much bigger than the hyperlink text.

InDesign Link Step 2

Finally, apply the hyperlink by right-clicking (control+click on a Mac) on the rectangle frame to get the context menu and selecting “New Hyperlink” from the “Interactive” menu item.

InDesign Link Step 3

Set the hyperlink in the dialog box and click OK. Make sure invisible rectangle is selected and now you have a wider area that is easier to use on smaller devices.

To test your new hyperlink, go to Presentation mode, Shift+W.

Note: Hyperlinks are included in exported Adobe PDF files or SWF files if Hyperlinks are selected in the Export Adobe PDF or Export SWF dialog box in InDesign.

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