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Have you ever wanted to attach a document e. Usually, you have to save the attachment to a file, remember where you saved it, then go to that location and open the file using your Windows Explorer or the Finder on a Mac.
With the solution I am about to present, that gets much easier to do for the user, but a bit more complex for the author of the PDF file. I am using Acrobat DC Pro running on a Mac for the following instructions, this will work the same way with slightly different tool names and a different user interface with older versions of Acrobat as well.
You will need Adobe Acrobat — either Standard or Pro — for this, the free Reader is not able to create such documents. So far we have not done anything special — this is just the process to attach a file to a PDF document. We could stop here and let the user figure out that there is actually an attachment in the PDF file, and how to open it. To do that, we need to add a button to the PDF document.
There are two ways to do that: We can either open the form editor and then add a button and deal with everything that comes with actually being in the form editor , or we can just add an interactive button.
If this document is a form that contains other form fields, we of course would use the button function in the form editor, but if this is just one button we need to add, there is an easier way. Just in case you are not yet familiar with the Acrobat DC user interface, it can be hard to find the one function you are looking for. That is why Adobe added a tool search function to Acrobat DC. This actually gives us two tools that we need: The tool to add a button, and the tool to select that button again and to modify it if we need to make adjustments.
I saved your example PDF on my desktop and it works when I click the button; the Word doc launches fine. The problem occurs here: 1. I save your Word attachment attachment. I delete your Word attachment attachment. There are now no attachments in your PDF.
I attach the saved Word doc from my desktop attachment. Do you have any suggestions? It should work. If you want to email the file to me, I can take a look. Please make sure that you explain in your email why you are sending the file — otherwise it will be impossible to match the file to this discussion. This is not working on ipad, do you have any solution so that this works on ipad.
New window is not opening in Ipad. Thanks for the tutorial. The steps worked for me. Can you provide a tip on how to make the attachment appear in a smaller pop-up window rather than as a a full-sized, separate document? I am making a PDF attachment open from within another PDF document, and I want it to appear in a smaller window, overlaid on top of the original document i. Any advice? Rebecca, there is unfortunately no easy solution for your request.
You can try to work with a hidden interactive button that gets only shown when necessary, and then use the page of your desired PDF file as the button image. Take a look at this function:. I am looking for a script I can use to make sure the file is only opened with an Adobe product.
I have a file with a lot of script that only the free reader or writer from Adobe can run. Any help you have would be appreciated. Thanks, Tom. Tom, I can give you some general advice, but the actual solution is something I reserve for my customers. First, you cannot prevent anybody from opening your file. The file will open in e. What you can do is make it obvious that they need to use a different PDF viewer.
Problem I had was that neither the name of the created or attached PDFs would constant, but would follow a convention of sorts. Hi, thanks for a great tutorial.
I was wondering if you knew of a script modification to specify opening an Excel file attachment to the PDF at a specific worksheet, rather than just defaulting to the first worksheet? Thank you for this! I really appreciate you taking the time to write this out and share. I just created a button and it works flawlessly to open an embedded file contained in the Attachments pane. Thank you! Damian, unfortunately, that will not work. You can only open an attachment on the first page using this method.
If the attached document is a PDF file, you can create a link to a page view, and then set that target view to the 10th page of your attached document. The general process is this: 1 Attach the document to your PDF file 2 Create a link to a page view in your first PDF file — this will show a dialog to set the link target 3 Open the attachment by double-clicking on it 4 Navigate to the correct target page 5 Click on the appropriate button to set the link 6 Close the attachment document 7 Save the original PDF file.
But not populate the form fields of the second document with the data from the variables.. Alexander, you can access the form fields in the attachment. Take a look at the doc. Karl, hi! So, do you have any suggestion on how to attach a. Teresa, PDF on mobile is a totally different environment than on the desktop, and a lot of things that work on the desktop will not work when you open a PDF on a mobile device.
Just because we think that something is reasonable and useful does not necessarily mean that Adobe is thinking and developing along the same lines. Aaaron, if it does not work right out of the box, then unfortunately I am not aware of a workaround. Your email address will not be published. If the information you found on my site helped you to solve a problem, please consider to hire me for your next PDF related project. Skip to content.
Launching will prompt the user with a security alert warning if the file is not a PDF file. A temporary path is used, and the user will not be prompted for a save path. The temporary file that is created will be deleted by Acrobat upon application shutdown. When you now click on the button, you should see the following security dialog: This is it. You have a button that opens a Word document.
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Adding Attachments to PDF Form
Can anybody give me a quick tutorial of how to add an "Add Attachments" button to a form created in LiveCycle that will function when a recipient using Reader opens the form so that they can return the completed form and added attachments back to me using the already created "Submit by E-mail" button? These forums are now Read Only. If you have an Acrobat question, ask questions and get help from one of our experts. Registered: Oct 29 Posts: 6. Registered: Jun 28