An earlier post showed an easy keyboard shortcut for creating bookmarks. Here’s an even easier method of creating a PDF from a Word document, where the bookmarks, practically, create themselves. And the beauty of it is that it preserves the outline hierarchy (i.e. creates indented bookmarks) as defined in your document.
Note: The document must either be in outline format (with Heading styles), or formatted with Word-generated bookmarks.
Click here to watch ~1 minute demo
Converting your Word Document into a PDF with Bookmarks
- In Word: click File, Save As, then Browse to select a folder to save to.
- On the Save As dialog, in the File name area, enter the file name.
- Click the Save as type drop-down and select PDF (*.pdf).
- Click Options…
- Check Create bookmarks using: and select Headings.
- Click OK.
- Click Save.
Comments and questions are always welcome!
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Thanks for any suggestions.
How can I reach out to Adobe?
Thanks, again Murray.
Setting the Bookmark to go to a specifc page and setting the zoom level can be accomplished from the Acrobat, However simple this method is, it would prove exhaustive if it were to be done for a score (several) pages (as I’m sure you have already realized).
The best way to reach adobe is thrugh their support center (available from the Help menu of any of their products). This, however may take time especially if you are looking for Adobe to modfiy existing software.
I’d recommend you try posting your query on some of the support boards (many of which can be found on the aforementioned HELP menu, or by executing a simple browser query.
Best of luck!
Thank you, again, for your help. Maybe I will get lucky.
i just want to say thank you for giving this tips… it really helps me a lot!!!
i just want to say thank you for giving this tips.. it really helps a lot!!!
Super late to the party, but a colleague of mine just posed a question. We are using Adobe Acrobat 2017, and when another one of our colleagues saves files as a .pdf, bookmarks are automatically there. But when she does the same thing, there are no bookmarks. I figure it’s just one tick marked setting somewhere, but the above screen does not appear the same as my settings screen. Any ideas?
Hey there, C. Apologies on my late reply.
Yes, there is a setting Acrobat On the “Settings” tab, make sure that the “Create Bookmarks” box is checked. Click on the “Bookmarks” tab. .
On the “Bookmarks” tab, check the styles that you would like converted to bookmarks, and click on the “Level” number to select the appropriate level with the drop down menu that will appear. That should do it!
The setting is ‘sticky’ so once set all your future created PDFs will inherit it. Cheers!