You can link to any PDF on the web, just copy the URL in the address bar then follow the steps below.

But what if you have a PDF on your computer?

You need to upload the PDF to your server first, using the WordPress Media Library.

  1. On your WordPress blog or website, log in to your admin area.
  2. Click MEDIA using the menu on the left hand side.
    You will find yourself in the media library. Here all the website photos, graphics and other assets are stored.
  3. At the top of this screen, next to the title, click ADD NEW.
  4. Click SELECT FILES in the box that appears.
  5. Find the PDF file on your computer, select it then click OPEN.

You have uploaded the PDF to your media library.

Copy the URL of the media file

To link to the PDF you will need to copy the URL (the path, or address) to it.

  1. In the MEDIA LIBRARY click on your PDF
    This opens a new window, which contains the information of the file.
  2. Highlight everything in the URL field
    Over on the right hand side is field labelled URL.
    You need to highlight everything in this field, starting with https://.
    An easy way to do that is to double click, quickly, on the https:// part. Everything in the field will be blue when highlighted.
  3. Now click ‘CONTROL-C’ (for copy) or right click on the highlighted text and then click COPY. The address is now stored on your clip board.

NB. You can store only one thing on this invisible clipboard. Do not copy anything else before you complete the steps, or you override this copy action. I sometimes paste the link into notepad, so I can pick it up later.

Now all you have to do is create the link.

Link to your PDF via a WordPress text link

We will cover WordPress text links here, jump to the next section if you would like to link an image.

  1. Navigate to the post or page on which you would like to link to your PDF.
  2. Type the text, ie “Click here to download a .PDF”.
  3. Highlight the text.
  4. Click on the icon that looks like a paper clip, above the work space.
  5. Put your cursor in the field that is labelled URL.
  6. Now ‘CONTROL-P’ or right click and hit PASTE.
  7. Click ADD LINK at the bottom of the screen.

Save your page or post.

Link to your PDF via an image on WordPress

  1. Navigate to the post or page on which you would like to link to your PDF.
  2. Find the image you would like to link, click on it and choose the pencil icon from the small menu.
  3. On the pop up screen find Link To and drop the menu down to Media File.
  4. Paste the URL in the field below, using ‘CONTROL-P’ or right click then PASTE.

Save your page or post.

As a short cut you can link an image in the same way as you link text. Just click the image, click the paper clip and paste in the URL.

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  1. samson

    Amazing post. does it mean that when you upload the pdf it can then be indexed by google?

    • Kelly Drewett

      Yes, PDFs are indexed by Google too 🙂

    • Kelly Drewett

      Hi Stephen, that is a PDF, which has been uploaded to the media library. To have it open, just create a link to it as described in this post. Kind regards, Kelly


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