Why am I receiving the message "ERROR: This document contains embedded links (annotations and/or hyperlinks). This PDF document cannot be accepted."?

CM/ECF (Electronic Case Filing)

A restriction was added on December 7, 2009 that prevents e-filers from uploading portable document format (PDF) files containing hyperlinks to resources that reside on the Internet or to bookmarked locations within the document. The restriction also prevents users from uploading PDF files containing active email addresses (i.e., addresses that allow users to click on them within a PDF document in order to send an email). This change was necessary in order to promote continued system security.


To remove hyperlinks from a Microsoft Word 2007 file:

  1. Right click on the hyperlink
  2. Click on the menu option Remove Hyperlink.


To remove hyperlinks from a WordPerfect file:

  1. Highlight the hyperlink text
  2. Right click the highlighted text
  3. Clicking the menu option Reveal Codes.
  4. At the bottom of the screen within the formatting window, place your mouse cursor between the last character in the hyperlink text and the Hyperlink formatting icon.
  5. Press the Delete key on your keyboard to retain the hyperlink text but remove the link.
  6. To close the formatting codes window, right click anywhere in the document, and left click on the now checked Reveal Codes option to turn off the option.