Linking to a Specific Page in a PDF File

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 24, 2015)

Gary wants to link from an Excel worksheet to a specific page in a PDF file. He can get Excel to link to the PDF but it starts on the first page of the PDF, not the page he wants. Gary believes that Excel is ignoring the PDF command that tells it the page he wants. As an example, he can use the formula =HYPERLINK("E:\\test\gary.pdf#5") and Excel ignores the #5 part and opens to the first page of the PDF.

This does, indeed, seem to be the case, Gary. The HYPERLINK worksheet function seems to ignore the page specification for some strange reason. There also doesn't seem to be a way around this problem with the function.

Fortunately, you can use a macro to do the opening, if you desire. The following macro relies upon Internet Explorer to open the PDF and display the proper page:

Sub OpenPDFpage()
    Dim myLink As String
    Dim TargetPage As Double
    Dim objIE As New InternetExplorer

    myLink = "path/filename.pdf"
    TargetPage = 7   'Page number to be shown

    With objIE
        .Navigate myLink & "#page=" & TargetPage
        .Visible = True
    End With
End Sub

The code could also be rather easily changed to a function to which you can pass the desired path and target page.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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