Recently, I made a beamer presentation and I want to link to a pdf I have made before, but I can only link to the first page of pdf document using the command:


and I want to link to a specific page. Someone told me to use




but they don't work. Does anyone know how to do this?

  • What did you do to the commas? They look rather strange.
    – Caramdir
    Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 15:46
  • @Caramdir: that was weird; the commas and the apparent spaces were a single character. Replacing them with ', ' fixed the display. I also cleaned up the layout and language while I was at it - hope that it's okay and that I haven't changed the meaning of the question. Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 15:52
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    Similar question: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/11520/pdfpages-and-linktodoc/… Commented Mar 5, 2011 at 20:25
  • \href{doc/mydoc.pdf\#page.5}{thedoc} Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 6:08

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All hyperref/pdfLaTeX can do is insert a link of a certain form. It's up to the PDF viewer what to do with that link, and I don’t think there’s a standard link format for pages of external PDF files. Even if some viewers have implemented something for this, it wouldn’t be a robust solution.

My suggestion would be to actually include the linked-to PDF in the PDF you’re creating, and then you can use features of the pdfpages package to insert hyperlink targets for the included pages, and then you can use internal links. A quick example:

Here's a \hyperlink{included.pdf.2}{link to to page 2 of the included pdf}.

With beamer, at the end, you probably want something like:

\setbeamercolor{background canvas}{bg=}

so that the included PDF fits the paper size of the original for the included pages, and beamer's background color and navigation bars are suppressed on those pages.

  • Thank you,It must include the page in the beamer。 so it is not the best。 Thank you too!
    – TeX.pig
    Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 5:51

Meanwhile package hyperref (must be loaded) has changed and allows now links to a special page of a pdf files with the command:

\href[page=5]{./doc/mydoc.pdf}{thedoc, page 5}

If you click the link "thedoc, page 5" your file mydoc.pdf is showed starting with page 5.

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    Does this work only if the document is compiled using pdflatex, and that the external pdf document is saved in one's hard drive? I've tried linking to a document hosted on a website (my default browser is Chrome), but it still opens to the first page. Also, when I compile using Bakoma, which doesn't use pdflatex, this trick doesn't work anymore.
    – Herr K.
    Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 1:06
  • I'm guessing that the file's path is given in the curly brackets. How do I add a full file path?
    – Toma
    Commented Oct 20, 2019 at 17:18

Try \hyperref{doc/mydoc.pdf}{page}{5}{thedoc}.

  • It doesn't work. Does it need special package? Or the pdf need a special process.
    – TeX.pig
    Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 16:53
  • Which pdf viewer are you using? This will probably not work with every viewer.
    – Caramdir
    Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 17:56
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    The target PDF also needs to support this. So if it is a LaTeX document it must be compiled with hyperref enabled.
    – Caramdir
    Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 18:01
  • It seems to work in adobe reader, not in evince. I am compiling with pdflatex. You need to load the hyperref package, but beamer should be doing that for you. Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 20:13
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    (One more time: I do not know how you manage to do that, but the punctuation symbols in your comments look "abnormal".)
    – Caramdir
    Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 15:02

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