I am using CS6, but I believe CS5 had that too. The way to link a URL to a word of group of words is to go through the interactive menu.
Highlight the word(s) go to Window / Interactive / Hyperlink.
It will open a menu where you can enter the URL you wish.
Then when you save as pdf, make sure the "Hyperlinks" check box is selected (it might not be automatically depending on the save option you choose). Then open your pdf and it should work.
I hope this solves your issue even in CS5!
Aurore Simonnet - Scientific Illustrator
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Hi; I took on a small newsletter, and there are lots of little links they redirect folks to. The previous editor used MS Word, which seemed to have the capability of translating a simple word or two (such as the word ‘here’) into the appropriate (usually ugly and overly-long) weblink but I don’t see a way to do that in InDesign CS5. Does anyone know whether there’s a workaround?
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