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I have a PDF document which is opened within IE that has a number of embedded active Web links.  I need for another browser window to open when any of the links within the document are clicked rather than within the same browser window.  I'm using Adobe 6 but cannot seem to find any instruction for this.  Please help.  Thanks in advance.
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by:moorhouselondon
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I don't think it can be done.  I tried right-clicking on this type of Link, but the options it came up with weren't relevant to the Link itself.
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by:timjg
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It is possible. I have a document that does that already, it's just not one I created :-(
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by:shuboarder
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Can you not just set the target to blank?
This is common practice with most html.

i.e.

<a href="website.com/path/file.pdf" target=_blank>
or:
<a href="staticfiles/pdf_dir/pdf_file" target=_blank>

I'm pretty sure this will work the same from a pdf file.

Hope this helps!
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Unfortunately, that doesn't work.  I tried it.  I know that works on Web pages but Adobe doesn't recognize tags within the program.  I'm thinking there must be some javascript to open the URL in a new window.  There is the ability to associate javascript to text within a PDF document.  
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Presumably a solution was found - what was that solution?
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Here is the solution:

For Acrobat 7 there is the new javascript method "app.launchURL('mywebsite.com')" which will open a new browser window (not necessarily your default browser but IE on Windows OS).

To make your PDF backwards compatible you can use the following JS

var v = app.viewerVersion;

if(v<7){ getURL("javascript:void(window.open('http://www.mywebsite.com'))"); } else{ app.launchURL("http://www.mywebsite.com"); }
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Since I answered my own question, please move the 200 points back into my account.  Thank you.
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Thanks for sharing...

I have no objections...
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