How to Bookmark PDF

Without doubt, PDF bookmarks are a handy and necessary tool when it comes to reading PDF files. They allow users to quickly skip to other locations in the PDF, to navigate through the pages, and to get a quick glance at the PDF content similar as you would with a table of contents.

Not only that, but they can also be easily accessed on the left hand side in Adobe Reader. Users can conveniently click on a heading and view the page. Fortunately, creating bookmarks in PDF files are just as easy as using them.


To Add Bookmarks to a PDF manually:

  • 1Open your PDF file to the page you want to bookmark in Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro.
  • Although you can easily create PDF bookmarks, note that they can only be added to a PDF whose security settings allow it. To check the PDFs settings, go to File > Properties... and in the following dialog check the Security tab. If your PDF allows changing the document, you can continue on to the next step.
Acrobat PDF Security Properties
  • 2Navigate to the page you wish to create a bookmark for.
  • 3Go to View > Tools > Content Editing and in the Tools Pane, click on Add Bookmark.
Acrobat Add Bookmark
  • Or, click on the Options menu from the side Bookmarks Navigation Panel. Select New Bookmark.
Create New PDF Bookmark
  • You can also begin by selecting your page, right clicking, and choosing Add Bookmark from the context menu.
  • 4In the box that reads 'Untitled', type in the bookmark’s name. Be as obvious as possible when choosing a title as it will make navigation easier. Press Enter to save it.
Create PDF Bookmark

Nested Bookmark Hierarchy

  • You can also create a nested bookmark hierarchy. To do this,
  • 1Highlight the bookmark you wish to move.
  • 2Then click and drag the bookmark’s icon until the arrow indicator is under the desired bookmark heading.
Acrobat Moving Bookmarks
  • 3Creating a bookmark hierarchy will give your readers a well-structured view of the PDF’s content.
  • Note that while the bookmark is moved, the pages will remain in the same position.
Acrobat Bookmark Hierarchy

Modifying PDFs is one of the most sought after capabilities in a PDF tool. Being able to add bookmark to PDF files is a feature that is offered by only the most advanced PDF tools. Moreover, there are PDF tools that are powerful enough to link to and even files, as well. Thus, when looking for a PDF converter, make sure the PDF tool allows you to make the most out of your PDF content.