How to Create Bookmarks in a PDF (Acrobat) File

Use Adobe Acrobat Pro to create bookmarks in any PDF document. You can create individual bookmarks or have Acrobat automatically create bookmarks that correspond to headers in the document.

Step

Open the PDF you want to modify with Adobe Acrobat Pro and then open the Content Editing menu on the right side of the screen.

Content Editing in Acrobat Pro.
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Step

Click at the beginning of the line where you want to create the bookmark and choose Add Bookmark from the Content Editing menu. The Bookmarks navigation pane opens on the left side of the screen.

Bookmark Navigation Pane.
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Step

Double-click Untitled in the Bookmarks navigation pane and type a new name for the bookmark.

Naming a Bookmark.
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Step

Repeat the process for other bookmarks you want to add. You can reorder bookmarks by dragging and dropping them in the Bookmarks navigation pane. To arrange the bookmarks in a hierarchy, drag a bookmark underneath another bookmark to create a parent/child relationship.

Hierarchy of Bookmarks.
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Bookmarks from Structure.
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