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Working with Bookmarks

Bookmarks provide a different way to navigate within a document. Instead of elements on the page, bookmarks are displayed in the Acrobat or Reader Bookmarks pane squ_c.jpg. The reader clicks each bookmark to move to that position in the document. One of the advantages to using bookmarks is that the Bookmarks pane can be always visible next to the area being read.

To create a bookmark:

  1. Choose Window > Interactive > Bookmarks to open the Bookmarks panel squ_d.jpg.

    squ_d.jpg The Bookmarks panel holds the bookmarks created for the document.

  2. Do one of the following to create the destination for the bookmark:
    • Place the insertion point within the text. This creates a text bookmark.
    • Select the text. This creates a text bookmark named with the selected text.
    • Select a frame or graphic. This creates a page bookmark.
    • Double-click a page in the Pages panel. This creates a page bookmark.
  3. Click the New Bookmark icon in the Bookmarks panel.


    Choose New Bookmark from the Bookmarks panel menu. The bookmark is added to the Bookmarks panel.

New bookmarks are created with the name Bookmark 1, Bookmark 2, and so on. You can rename the bookmark with a more descriptive name to help readers know what is located there.

To rename a bookmark:

  1. Select the bookmark in the Bookmarks panel.
  2. Choose Rename Bookmark from the Bookmarks panel menu. This opens the Rename Bookmark dialog box squ_a.jpg.

    squ_a.jpg Use the Rename Bookmark dialog box to change the bookmark names.

  3. Enter a new name in the field and click OK.

You can also rename a bookmark directly in the list area of the Bookmarks panel.

To rename a bookmark in the list area:

  1. Click once to select the bookmark in the Bookmarks panel.
  2. Click again to open the field that contains the bookmark name squ_b.jpg.

    squ_b.jpg Click the bookmark name to type a new name directly in the Bookmarks panel.

  3. Type the new name.
  4. Press Return/Enter or click a different bookmark to apply the new name.

You can also delete bookmarks you no longer want in the document.

To delete a bookmark:

  1. Select the bookmark in the Bookmarks panel.
  2. Choose Delete Bookmark from the Bookmarks panel menu.


    Click the Delete Bookmark icon in the Bookmarks panel.

Bookmarks don’t have to appear in the order that you create them. You can move important bookmarks up to the top of the list, even if they refer to pages that are at the end of your document.

To move bookmarks to new positions:

  1. Drag the bookmark up or down the list to the new position.
  2. When you see a black line appear, release the mouse button. The bookmark moves to the new position squ_c.jpg.

squ_c.jpg Drag a bookmark between two bookmarks to put it in a new position in the panel.

You can also nest, or move bookmarks so they are contained within others. The top bookmark is called the parent; the nested bookmark is called the child.

To nest bookmarks:

  1. Drag the bookmark you want to nest onto the name of the parent bookmark.
  2. When the name is highlighted, release the mouse button squ_d.jpg. The child bookmark is indented under the parent. A triangle controller appears that lets you open or close the parent bookmark.

squ_d.jpg Drag the bookmark onto the name to nest it under another bookmark.

To unnest bookmarks:

  1. Drag the child bookmark out from the parent so that the black line is no longer indented below the parent bookmark squ_d.jpg.
  2. Release the mouse button. The child bookmark is no longer nested.

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