When typesetting the following sample using xelatex, the various clickable link-boxes produced using \ref, \cite, \footnote, \href, etc. are small and ugly, and sometimes make it hard to read the enclosed number or text. How can we make the link-boxes bigger, as they appear when running the same code through pdflatex?

% hyperref-xelatex.tex



\section{First section}

Link to section \ref{one}

This text has a footnote.\footnote{Some explanation here}

We are quoting from a book \cite{book}.

Now we want to \href{www.example.com}{link somewhere} or like this \url{www.example.com}.

This book needs no title


  • Did you compared the output in different PDF viewers? – buhtz Oct 3 '16 at 7:45

the xdvipdfmx driver has a -g option to control the padding added to these links and other annotations, you can pass that option through from xetex by using

xelatex --output-driver='xdvipdfmx -g 1pt '

to add an extra 1pt of space.

The image shows an unchanged copy of your test file set with pdflatex, xelatex, or xelatex using the above option.

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    Upvoted for the font choice :-) – Phelype Oleinik Apr 30 at 21:19
  • @PhelypeOleinik a little present for egreg when he comes past. – David Carlisle Apr 30 at 21:23
  • Imho \hypersetup{pdflinkmargin=4pt} should work too (in a current tex system). – Ulrike Fischer Apr 30 at 21:37
  • @UlrikeFischer ooh obviously the current maintainers of hyperref would know such a thing... (or at least one of them:-) – David Carlisle Apr 30 at 21:39
  • Nonzero -g option breaks the nice animation controls of the animate package. Not only modifies it the size of links, but also of any PDF annotation in the document. – AlexG Apr 30 at 21:51

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