This uses a free online Google Docs tool to create a link to add to the page. You do not need to PDF file to reside in a Google Docs account – it should be a PDF that is in your Media Library.
Make sure that the file does not have spaces in its name. Before Uploading, change the file name to replace all spaces with an underscore “_” character.
In the Admin Area for the WordPress site, go to the page or post you want to edit
Select the page or post and click Edit
Find the URL for the PDf file you want to display
Click the Add Media button
Click on the PDF file you want to embed
The file will be selected and its details will appear in the box at the RHS. Look for the url of this file at the bottom:
Copy the url for the file from its Media Library entry
The easiest way to grab a url is to triple click in the box. Then copy this text link (Ctrl-C or Right-click then Copy))
You should get a text string like this in your clipboard:
Click the Insert into page button.
We are inserting the standard link for now, but we are going to edit it so it pops open to another page in the Google PDF Reader.
Go to The Google Docs Viewer Tool in a New Tab in Your Browser
Go to a new tab in your browser.
You need to browse to the following page. This is good to keep as a shortcut in your bookmarks toolbar: https://docs.google.com/viewer
In the top box on this screen, paste the link to the PDF file that you still have in your clipboard.
In the next box, type the text that you want to appear as the hotlink on the page. Usually you would type in the name of the document (use spaces, capitals etc, and leave off the file extension)
Then click the Generate Link button
In the screen that appears, you need to trap the full link for the link to the viewer code. Triple-click is a quick way to select all of this code too. Copy this to your clipboard (Ctrl-C or Right-click, Copy)
You should have a text string like this in your clipboard:
Now switch back to WordPress Editing in the Admin area
Make sure you stay in the Visual tab
Move the cursor to the position where you want the link to appear. You may have to hit Enter to get a new line.
Then type in the text you want to appear as the link:
Select all this text that you want for the link.
Click on the Hyperlink button:
The Hyperlink window appears. Paste the entire link you have in your clipboard, into the URL box. Make sure you only have one set of “http://” at the beginning!
Tick the box to open in a new window if that is your preference.
Usually it is polite to leave links pointing inside this website as opening in the same page, and links outside this website as opening in a separate window.
The user can have their own choice by Right-clicking any link then choosing “Open in new tab” if they want.
Click the Add Link button
The Link shows as a hyperlink. When you hover over it in the editor, an underline appears
Update the page, then go to your live website to see the results
Update the Page you just edited
Switch to your live website page and Refresh (F5 or the Reload Page button)
The Link to the PDF manual appears
When you click on the link, it opens in another tab and the viewer appears with the PDF file ready for you to read, download, zoom, or print
(this post was created in Clarify and pasted into WLW for publishing)