Use a Hyperlink to Access a File or a Web Page

Hyperlinks can point to files that are stored locally, on a network drive, or on the Internet, or to named locations in drawings, such as views.

By default, the hyperlink cursor and tooltip are displayed when the crosshairs are positioned over an object that has an attached hyperlink. You can then hold down the CTRL key and click (CTRL+click) to follow the link.

NoteThe PICKFIRST system variable must be set to 1 to open files associated with hyperlinks. You can turn off the hyperlink cursor, tooltips, and shortcut menu in the Options dialog box on the User Preferences tab.

When you create a hyperlink to a drawing and specify a named view to jump to, that view is restored when the hyperlink is opened. You can also create a hyperlink that opens a drawing in a specific layout.

Use Relative and Full (Absolute) Paths in Hyperlinks

Relative paths provide greater flexibility and are easier to edit than full hyperlinks. With relative hyperlinks, you can update the relative path for all the hyperlinks in your drawing at the same time, rather than editing each hyperlink individually.

You must use a full hyperlink when you create a link to a document that is not contained in the same file or whose relative path you don't know. For example, you would use a full hyperlink to link to a drawing on a different network drive. If you subsequently move the files referenced by full hyperlinks to a different directory, editing the hyperlink paths can be time consuming.