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Creating a pop-up window in a PDF with Adobe InDesign

In the following YouTube tutorial, we’ll create an interactive PDF from Adobe InDesign, in which we click on a button, which in turn opens up a simple pop-up window containing a close-box. When the close-box is clicked the pop-up window disappears again.

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  1. Rebecca Rebecca
    September 27, 2018    

    Great video! The first pop-up I make works but when I try to do a second one the first one stops working and the second one is the only one that works. Is there a trick to having multiple pop-ups on one page?

  2. alan alan
    April 28, 2017    

    That’s an excellent and very succinct tutorial. I am very curious to know if a print button can be added to target and print the pop out chart. Is this possible?

    • May 25, 2017    

      You can add a nested print button, however it will likely print the entire page on which the pop out chart appears (I’ve not tested this myself to be honest).

  3. Darin Darin
    January 13, 2017    

    Hey Cari — Do you know if they ever made this to work on an iPad running iOS 10.2 using Acrobat Reader?


  4. Syed Syed
    March 30, 2016    

    One question: If the user inadvertently click on the chart pop-up, the close button becomes inactive. I guess this is bcoz we have used the pop-up (ChartLarge in this case) as a button – Is there any way around this issue.. may be an option to deactivate the click option for such button?

  5. Stephanie Stephanie
    May 10, 2015    

    This is very useful, HOWEVER, you do not share how to create that thumbnail. I have searched and searched, and I cannot find how to do that.

    • August 21, 2015    

      hi Stephanie, it’s an image that you convert to a button that has an action applied to it.

  6. Jenn Thelian Jenn Thelian
    April 9, 2015    

    Does this work when viewed on an ipad?

    • April 12, 2015    

      hi Jenn, I tested recently in Adobe Reader DC (the latest release) and no support for this yet it seems.

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