Hyperlinking Digital Planners in Canva: Simplified

Let's talk hyperlinking (it's not that hard, BTW). For this post, we will discuss hyperlinking digital planners in Canva, and use those links to create tabs and index pages in your digital planner. I've been asked all sorts of questions about hyperlinking, and we are here to answer them today!

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Did you know that any PDF can be uploaded to a note-taking platform and manipulated on the end user's device? Yup – any and all PDFs can be a “Digital Planner.” But don't worry; when we create digital planners, we add hyperlinks, and they make all of the difference. This is an added value for your customer and a simple step for you!

What is Hyperlinking?

Hyperlinking is a way to connect one part of your digital planner to another. You can use hyperlinks to create clickable tabs or buttons that allow users to navigate between different sections of your planner. Hyperlinks can also create index pages that provide an overview of your planner's content.

When it comes to digital planners, hyperlinking is the secret ingredient. However, we are only hyperlinking internally, not to external sources. What does this mean? The hyperlinks you establish for your digital planner will link to other pages of your digital planner.

Destination Pages

One type of page that can be hyperlinked to is a destination page or an index page. When you hyperlink the text box or element that you chose to use for your tabs, the end user would click the tab and then be directed to the destination page.

The destination page usually has an index allowing the end user to drill down to the exact page of the planner they want to view. In the picture below, the end user can select the tab labeled “Classroom Management” to get to this destination page. They can then click on what classroom management page they want to go to next since the options provided have also been hyperlinked.

Digital teacher's planner spread with a dark teal 'This Book Belongs to' page on the left and a 'Classroom Management' contents page on the right, listing sections like Calendar, Contacts, and Seating Charts, all against a playful polka-dotted background.

Planner Pages

You can also hyperlink directly to the pages in your planner. For instance, if you are doing a monthly planner, your end user would click on the tab for the month that they want to view, and that tab would take them directly to that calendar page. You could then add text or elements to the calendar page for your customer to navigate more of the planner.

So, for this monthly planner example, once your customer ended up on the “May” calendar, you could have text or elements on the calendar for them to view other pages associated with May. This could be a meal plan, grocery list, bible study, workout tracker, habit tracker, etc. Whatever else you provide is up to you – but make sure to hyperlink to allow your end user the ease of navigation!

Creating Hyperlinks in Canva

Creating hyperlinks in Canva is easy and can be done in just a few steps. First, select the element you want to hyperlink (such as a text box or element) and click the “Link” option in the top toolbar. From there, you can select where you want the link to go, such as a specific page in your planner (it is always a good idea to name all of your planner pages using the “Grid View” option in Canva. This will make hyperlinking much easier).

To create an index page, you'll want to create a new page in your planner and add links to the other pages. You can use text boxes or shapes to create clickable links that take users to different sections of your planner. Make sure to label each link clearly so users know where they're going.

Click-by-Click Hyperlinking in Canva:

  • Select the “Link” button.
  • Select the Text Box or Element you want to hyperlink.
Design interface in Canva showing the cover of a digital garden planner with a circular title flanked by gardening tools, plants, and a watering can, set against a sunny yellow background, illustrating a vibrant, inviting cover page ready for personalization.
  • Scroll through the list of “Pages in this Document” until you find the desired page.
  • Select the page.
  • Canva will give you a “Link Added” notification that the link has been successfully created.
Bright and cheerful Canva design of a digital garden planner cover featuring garden-themed illustrations like flowers, gardening tools, and a watering can, encircling the bold title 'GARDEN PLANNER' set on a lively yellow backdrop, ready for garden enthusiasts to personalize.

Tips for Hyperlinking in Canva

Here are some tips to help you create effective hyperlinks in your digital planner:

  • Keep your hyperlinks consistent. Use the same color, font, and size for all clickable elements to create a cohesive look. End users should not have to search for a link.
  • Make sure your hyperlinks are easy to spot. Use a contrasting color or bold font to make them stand out from the rest of your design. Canva will automatically underline the text element that you hyperlink to. You can remove it by deselecting the underline option, but I think it helps the end user know what items are linked in your digital planner.
  • Test your hyperlinks before sharing your planner. Make sure all the links are working properly and take users to the correct page. You can do this simply by opening the PDF on your computer and clicking the hyperlinks to ensure you are taken to the correct page. If you want to view it how your end user will view it, you can download Goodnotes or Noteshelf and give it a go!
  • Use an index page to provide an overview of your planner's content. This can be especially useful for larger planners with lots of sections. Remember – the number one thing you provide to your customer is the ease of navigation. Don't skimp on your hyperlinking!
  • Label your hyperlinks clearly. Use descriptive labels that tell users exactly where the link will take them. This is not the time to be coy and unique – make sure your end user knows exactly how to navigate their new digital planner.

By following these tips, you'll be able to create hyperlinks that are both functional and visually appealing in your digital planner. Keep it simple – but ensure that the links are thorough for your customers.

And that's that…

Hyperlinking in Canva is a powerful tool to help you create a more user-friendly and organized digital planner. The hyperlinks are essentially what you are selling by offering the interactive PDF as a digital planner. Ease of navigation is what it is all about!

By creating clickable tabs and index pages, you can make it easy for users to find the information they need quickly and efficiently.Happy designing!

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