Just minutes after launching my latest guidebook, I realized that none of the hyperlinks inside the PDF document worked.
They were just blue-colored underscored text resembling links. They were supposed to take the reader to help articles, references, and other useful content related to the topic.
I searched through three-year old forum threads and two-year old blog posts that came up on the Google search, but couldn’t find a working solution for my problem.
Luckily, I didn’t give up too easily.
A Chrome app to save the day
A single post on a Mac-related forum pointed out that I could use a Google Drive app to upload the Word document and save as a usable PDF.
While the suggested app wasn’t available anymore, I discovered a newer app called Lumin PDF. I tested it out, and was delighted to find that the resulting PDF’s links were all working!
So, how do you use Lumin to convert a Word file to PDF documents without breaking any of the links?
1. Login to your Google account and open Google Drive at http://drive.google.com/
2. Upload the Word document you want to convert into a PDF to your Drive account. It doesn’t matter where you upload it, but just make sure that it’s a .docx or .doc file.
3. Do not convert into a Google Doc file. This usually happens when you chose to open the file within Google Docs.
Instead, right-click the file, click on ‘Open with’ and select ‘Connect more apps’. This will open a pop-up window showing you the kinds of Google Chrome apps you can install and connect to Google Drive.
4. In the search bar, type ‘Lumin’ and install the app. After installation, close the pop-up window, right-click the doc file, and select the newly installed Lumind.
5. You’ll be taken to Lumin where you’ll find a welcome page and a short text telling you that your file is on Google Drive. Click on the ‘Open my file’ button.
6. If this is your first time using Lumin, another pop-up window will appear requesting permission to gain access to your Google Drive account. Click the blue ‘Accept’ button.
7. Wait until the file is finished uploading. You’ll know it’s done when you can see your document on Lumin’s document viewer.
8. Locate the ‘Download’ button at the top-right side of the menu bar. Click on the ‘Without Annotations’ option.
9. Check the document if the links are working (and it should). When it’s all good, rename the file.
And that’s all there is to it!
- Lumin PDF Guide to help you get started