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How to insert a PDF into a Joomla article in 5 easy steps

There may be times when you need to insert a PDF into your Joomla 2.5 article, and if you do not have a downloads manager installed than this can appear to be quite the task. But don’t worry, inserting your PDF’s into your Joomla article is easier than it looks.

Here I am going to show you a quick and easy way to insert your pdf file in 5 easy steps. Total completion time…less than 5 minutes.

If you are using Joomla 1.5 the steps are exactly the same, just your Media Manager location may be different. Just follow these steps to get yourself rolling.

Joomla 2.5 Media Manager Quick iconStep 1: Start with your Joomla Media Manager. You can find this in your admin control panel quick icons or in Joomla 2.5 you can find this in your admin area under - content -> media manager, and in Joomla 1.5 – site -> media manager.  


Step 2: To help keep your PDF’s separate create a folder, using the create folder button on the bottom right, called “pdf” or whatever you wish to name it.

Create Folder

Step 3: Now open your pdf folder and click the “Upload Files” button. This will allow you to select a file from your computer. Then clicking the “Start Upload” button.

Upload Files

Step 4: Now navigate to the article you wish to insert your pdf in.  Create some text, such as “download my awesome Joomla pdf file here”, or highlight some text you wish to associate with the file and click on the cable/link icon on the toolbar.

Joomla Toolbar with link icon highlighted

Step 5: A popup will open, enter the following URL, substituting your information in To make sure that the URL is pointed correctly open a new tab and copy and paste the URL into it. It should open up your desired PDF file. Select whether you want to open the file in the same window or a new window from the “Target” drop-down menu.

Insert/Edit popup

Next, Click “Insert” and save your Joomla article.

Insert Cancel Buttons

You should now have a PDF properly inserted into your Joomla article.

Do you want a proper Joomla downloads manager to control your pdf files? Need to sell files, have easy uploads, restrict who can access them or just want an easier way to manager PDF’s in Joomla 2.5? Contact me to get started. I can help you with your PDF woes so you can get back to doing what you do!


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