Working with Hyperlinks in Windows Forms PDF Viewer (PdfViewerControl)

7 Oct 20215 minutes to read

The WPF PDF Viewer supports URLs (hyperlinks) in the PDF document, which allows you to navigate to the destination just by clicking on it and by opening it in the default browser. This also supports a few events that are listed in the following table.

Events Table

Event Description Arguments

HyperlinkMouseOver

This event is triggered when the mouse pointer is placed over the hyperlink. HyperlinkMouseOverEventArgs

HyperlinkClicked

This event is triggered when the hyperlink in the PDF document is clicked. HyperlinkClickedEventArgs

NOTE

From the version 19.3, The HyperLinkClickedEventArgs is renamed to HyperlinkClickedEventArgs. Also, We have renamed the HyperLinkClicked and HyperLinkMouseOver events to HyperlinkClicked and HyperlinkMouseOver respectively. Also, We have introduced HyperlinkMouseOverEventArgs to view the details of hyperlink when mouse is over.

You can disable the hyperlink navigation in PDF viewer control by setting the value of Handled in the HyperlinkClickedEventArgs parameter as true in the HyperlinkClicked Event which is available in the PdfViewerControl and PdfDocumentView class.
Please refer to the following example for more details.

NOTE

From the version 19.3, we have introduced Handled property in the event arguments to disable the hyperlink navigation based on the standards. You need to change its value to true to disable the navigation.

//Initialize PDF Viewer.

PdfViewerControl pdfViewerControl = new PdfViewerControl();

// Wires the event handler for `HyperlinkClicked` event.    
pdfViewerControl.HyperlinkClicked += PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkClicked;

private void PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkClicked(object sender, Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.PdfViewer.HyperlinkClickedEventArgs args)
{

  // Gets or sets the value to handle the navigation of hyperlink.
  args.Handled = true;
            
}
' Hooks the event handler for `HyperlinkClicked` event

'Initialize PDF Viewer.

Private pdfViewerControl As New PdfViewerControl()

'Load the PDF.

pdfViewerControl.Load("Sample.pdf")

AddHandler pdfViewerControl.HyperlinkClicked, AddressOf PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkClicked

Private Sub PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkClicked(obj As Object, args As Syncfusion.Windows.PdfViewer.AnnotEventArgs)

'Your code here...

End Sub

You can retrieve the hyperlink details from PDF Viewer by using HyperlinkClickedEventArgs when the hyperlink is clicked and by using HyperlinkMouseOverEventArgs when the mouse is over the hyperlink.

HyperlinkClicked Event

You can acquire the details of the hyperlink which is clicked in the PDF file by using the HyperlinkClickedEventArgs in the HyperlinkClicked event.
Please refer to the following example for more details.

// Wires the event handler for `HyperlinkClicked` event.    
pdfViewerControl.HyperlinkClicked += PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkClicked;

private void PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkClicked(object sender, Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.PdfViewer.HyperlinkClickedEventArgs args)
{
  
 //Returns the URI clicked in the PDF viewer control.
 string URI = args.Uri; 
            
}
' Hooks the event handler for `HyperlinkClicked` event
AddHandler pdfViewerControl.HyperlinkClicked, AddressOf PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkClicked

Private Sub PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkClicked(obj As Object, args As Syncfusion.Windows.PdfViewer.AnnotEventArgs)

' Returns the URI clicked in the PDF viewer control.
Dim uri As String = args.URI

End Sub

HyperlinkMouseOver Event

You can acquire the details of the hyperlink which is hovered in the PDF file by using the HyperlinkMouseOverEventArgs in the HyperlinkMouseOver event.
Please refer to the below example for more details.

// Hooks the event handler for `HyperlinkMouseOver` event.    
pdfViewerControl.HyperlinkMouseOver += PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkMouseOver;

private void PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkMouseOver(object sender, Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.PdfViewer.HyperlinkMouseOverEventArgs e)
{

//Returns the URI hovered in the PDF viewer control.
string URI = e.Uri;
            
}

You can navigate to different hyperlink irrespective of the hyperlink clicked. To redirect a hyperlink, you need to pass the value of Handled parameter as true to stop the navigation of the hyperlink clicked. Then open the desired hyperlink that you want to navigate instead of the hyperlink clicked.
Please refer to the following example for more details.

// Wires the event handler for `HyperlinkClicked` event.    
pdfViewerControl.HyperlinkClicked += PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkClicked;

private void PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkClicked(object sender, Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.PdfViewer.HyperlinkClickedEventArgs args)
{
 
 // Gets or sets the value to handle the navigation of hyperlink. 
args.Handled = true;

 // Opens the URI (www.google.com) in a default browser.
 System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("www.google.com");
             
}
' Hooks the event handler for `HyperlinkClicked` event.
AddHandler pdfViewerControl.HyperlinkClicked, AddressOf PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkClicked

Private Sub PdfViewerControl_HyperlinkClicked(obj As Object, args As Syncfusion.Windows.PdfViewer.AnnotEventArgs)

' Opens the URI (www.google.com) in a default browser.
System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("www.google.com")

End Sub