Add Some Bookmarks
Bookmarks are another of those features that have been around forever in PDFs but aren’t taken full advantage of, I think. Next, you’ll see some great ways to apply them to an interactive PDF:
- With the PDF still open, click the Bookmark icon on the left side of the workspace to open the Bookmarks panel (View > Navigation Panels > Bookmarks).
Bookmarks are typically used to create an interactive “table of contents” that allows users to jump between topics (pages) in the PDF. There are many ways to make bookmarks, including clicking the New Bookmark button in the Bookmarks pane. This will create a link that you can rename in the Bookmarks panel to the current “view” or page showing. Here is a quicker way to make bookmarks:
- Navigate to page 2 in the PDF, and make sure that the Fit One Full Page to Window button is selected in the Toolbars so that the whole page is showing. Press Ctrl+B (Windows) or Cmd+B (Mac OS) to generate a new bookmark.
- In the Bookmarks panel, click the new bookmark to rename it “page 2” or something similarly clever (see Figure 7).
Figure 7 Create a new bookmark quickly
Another great shortcut for bookmarks is to quickly create the bookmark and name it in one step.
Figure 8 A create bookmark shortcut
Next, you will make a bookmark that doesn’t navigate the document at all; rather, it is used to perform an action like printing the document or opening a web page.
Figure 9 Create and name a bookmark
Figure 10 Edit bookmark properties
Figure 11 Create a bookmark to print the document
- With the PDF open, choose File > Properties.
- In the Document Properties dialog box, select the Initial View tab. Choose Bookmarks Panel and Page from the Navigation tab menu. Click OK.
- Save the PDF and send it off! This way, the person viewing the PDF will have the Bookmarks panel open automatically for him.