I know that a lot of people asked already that question, I read all of the answers and have also seen all the videos, but I still don’t understand how to link a pdf file to an object.

I have a huge database with the biotopes of a region. Now I want to add to a few biotopes a pdf file (Similar to How to link a pdf file to a specific feature with QGIS?). For that, I created a new column named “Action” and in that column I wrote the exact path where the pdf file is stored on my computer (but just for biotopes I need with a pdf file). Now if I click on one biotope it just opens the attribute list of that shapefile and I can see the path to the pdf file, but it doesn’t open the pdf

In the properties I also wrote down the path, where the pdf files are stored, but it still doesn't work and I don’t really understand what is wrong?

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    please share a link to "Emanuel" and also provide some more info about the software you use!
    – Riccardo
    Feb 29, 2016 at 7:42
  • Sorry of course. That is the link to Emanuel: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/154143/… and I use the QGIS Version 2.12.3-Lyon
    – user68213
    Feb 29, 2016 at 7:44

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When you created the action, make sure to use the button "update" action. I have a simple example in this video how to add actions: https://youtu.be/ONVB_lDt2O8

  • Wowww thank you so much! I thought I have to write down the whole path in the properties action as well, but I just needed the name of my new created column. Thanks a lot!!
    – user68213
    Feb 29, 2016 at 8:05

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