Hyperlinking the Exhibit Index

When filing with exhibits, the SEC requires you to hyperlink exhibits in the Exhibits Index and indicate when a section contains an EDGAR Exhibit Index. You can quickly and easily do all of this in Wdesk. If you are unsure if you need to include an exhibit in the index or hyperlink to it, please consult your filing advisors.

NOTE: Federal regulation requires that your Exhibit Index come before the final signature in your filing document.

Indicating an EDGAR Exhibit Index

When linking to the Exhibit Index, you must indicate that the Exhibit Index section contains the necessary exhibit hyperlinks. If you do not do this, you will get an error message during filing.

Open the Section Properties for the Exhibit Index and click the Advanced Options tab. Click the Section contains EDGAR exhibit index checkbox and click OK. This indicates the Exhibit Index contains the necessary hyperlinks.

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Generating EDGAR for Exhibits

First, you will need to generate EDGAR versions of the documents you will use as exhibits. To do this, open your project in the right-hand panel and click the Filing tab. If the document list is empty, you must generate EDGAR documents to create the needed files. To create these files, click Start next to the Generate EDGAR Documents step.

Next, you can see a list of the new EDGAR files from the Document Generation Status window at the bottom of the Filing tab.

TIP: To make the process faster, make your own list of all the filenames you'll need for the hyperlinks so you can easily reference the filenames when creating links.

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Hyperlinking to the Exhibit Index

While you can hyperlink to an exhibit anywhere in your document, make sure to add hyperlinks to your exhibits in the Exhibit Index.

NOTE: You must hyperlink items listed in the Exhibit Index to either a current filing document or to the exhibit .htm file on sec.gov when referencing past filings. You do not need to hyperlink to XBRL exhibits and paper/pre-electronically filed exhibits. Any other references to exhibits or past filings outside the exhibit index should not be hyperlinked. Only those in the exhibit index are required.

First, open the document and go to the Exhibit Index section. Highlight the text where you want to add a hyperlink. On the Edit tab, click Insert, then select Hyperlink. The Hyperlinks dialog box opens.

Click the Exhibits drop-down menu and select the HTM exhibit you want to hyperlink.

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After selecting the HTM file, click Apply Hyperlink. Then, click OK on the prompt about external hyperlinks. The exhibit name appears and is hyperlinked to its location in the document.

Repeat the hyperlinking steps for each exhibit you want to hyperlink to.

You'll have to share your changes and rerun the EDGARization step of the Filing Wizard again since your main document has since changed.

NOTE: If you change the exhibit filename at any time, you’ll need to update any related hyperlinks and regenerate EDGAR documents. For more information about how Wdesk document names translate into EDGAR filenames, see the following Community topic: Do the names of my documents or projects in my account matter?.

You can also hyperlink to exhibits from previous filings. To view more discussion on this topic, see the following Wdesk Community topic: Hyperlinking to previously filed exhibits that are incorporated by reference.

You can read more about hyperlinking exhibits in the following Community topic: How do you hyperlink to Exhibit files?