• Word Perfect Hyperlinks:

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  • This new version of CM/ECF permits CM/ECF users to file documents that include hyperlinks to a previously filed document in the same case or another case, as well as to a document that is being filed in the same submission, such as exhibits to motions or memos of law. A document can be linked to another document in any federal court’s database if the court is running the appropriate version of CM/ECF that includes the hyperlink function: District (Release 3.1); Bankruptcy (Release 3.2) and/or Appellate (available as of July 2006). This hyperlink functionality has been tested in Corel WordPerfect 11 or higher and Microsoft Word 2002 or higher. Hyperlinks added to documents created in other word processing programs may not function properly once the document is converted to PDF format.
     

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    Hyperlinks to previously filed CM/ECF documents

    Hyperlinks between documents filed within the same event

    Create Hyperlinks to Previously Filed CM/ECF Documents

    To create a hyperlink to a previously filed CM/ECF document in your case or some other case, follow the steps below:

    STEP 1 Access the appropriate CM/ECF system and run the Docket Report for the case that contains the document you want to link to.

    STEP 2 Locate the document on the docket sheet.

    STEP 3 Copy the URL of the document to the clipboard. To do this, hover over the document link and click the right mouse button. Select Copy Shortcut (Internet Explorer/Firefox) (Figure 1) OR Copy Link Location (Firefox)(Figure 2). Note, the document link is represented by a number with an underscore.

    Note: If you want to link to an attachment to a primary document filed in CM/ECF, you must select the hyperlink to the attachment from the Document Selection Menu. (See Figure 3). For example, if you are linking to a memorandum of law filed with a motion, you must first select the motion from the docket sheet. When the Document Selection Menu appears, copy the URL of the attachment by following the procedure outlined above.

    Note: Users should NOT copy hyperlinks from Notices of  Electronic Filing. NEFs contain special information  associated with the “free look” to qualified recipients and  should not be used for Cross-Document Hyperlinks.

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    Figure 1: Internet Explorer

     

    image of ECF Menu - Copy Link Location

    Figure 2: Firefox

     

    Image of ECF Menu - Multiple Documents

    Figure 3: Copy URL of attachment to document

     

    STEP 4 Open the document to which you want to add a hyperlink.

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    Figure 4: Highlight Text to Create the Hyperlink

     

    STEP 5 Next, the Hyperlink Properties dialog box appears. (See Figure 5).

    Note: Users may append to the URL a specific page number within the document by adding ?page=<pagenumber> at the end of the URL.

    For example: https://ecf.wiwb.uscourts.gov/cgibin/show_case_doc?case_id=30628&doc_num=44&pdf_header=0?page=23

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    Figure 5: Paste URL

     

    STEP 6 The next step is to convert the WordPerfect document to PDF format using the Publish to... or Publish to PDF function in WordPerfect. (See Figure 6). Converting to PDF using other methods will not retain the hyperlink.

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    Figure 6: Publish to PDF

    STEP 7 Save the document.

    Things to Remember:

    STEP 8 Docket the appropriate CM/ECF event and attach the PDF document as usual.

     

    Create Hyperlinks Between Documents Filed Within the Same Event

    It is also possible to link two or more documents to be filed in the same event. To create a hyperlink to a document filed in the same event, such as an exhibit in support of a motion or memo of law, follow the steps below.

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    In order to create a hyperlink in the primary WordPerfect document to a secondary document filed in the same event, the secondary document must be in PDF format.

    STEP 1 Convert the secondary document to PDF format using the Publish to... or Publish to PDF function in WordPerfect. Converting to PDF using other methods will not retain the hyperlink. (See Figure 6 above). With the secondary document open in WordPerfect, do the following:

    STEP 2 Open the primary WordPerfect document that will contain the hyperlink to the secondary document.

    STEP 3 Select and highlight the appropriate text in the primary document that will be displayed as the hyperlink to the secondary document as shown in Figure 4 above.

    STEP 4 Displayed next is the Hyperlink Properties dialog box. Click the Folder icon located to the right of the Document/Macro field as shown in Figure 12.

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    Figure 12: Creating Hyperlink to Secondary Document

     

    STEP 5 Navigate to the directory/folder in which the secondary document you wish to link is located. (Note: The document selected as the link must be in PDF format.) (See Figure 13).

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    Figure 13: Linking document

     

    STEP 6 After you have created all of your document hyperlinks, save the primary WordPerfect document.

    STEP 7 Convert the primary document to PDF format using the Publish to... or Publish to PDF function in WordPerfect. Converting to PDF using other methods will not retain the hyperlink. (See Figure 6 above).

    STEP 8 Docket the appropriate CM/ECF event and attach the PDF document and attachments as usual.