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Adding bookmarks


Acrobat X Essential Training

with Anne-Marie Concepción

Video: Adding bookmarks

What are bookmarks in a PDF? They are little links that help you navigate a long PDF quickly, or to find specific information, and you can see the bookmarks by opening up the Bookmarks panel on the left. See this little guy that looks like a bookmark. Just click it, and if there are any bookmarks in the PDF, they will be listed here. So this document actually is pretty rich with bookmarks. It has some top level bookmarks like Definitions of Employees Status and if you click it, it jumps you right to that page that starts out Definitions of Employees Status.
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  1. 1m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 55m 0s
    1. Opening documents and moving them around
      6m 3s
    2. Working with the toolbars
      5m 59s
    3. Working with the panels
      3m 43s
    4. Customizing the toolbar with Quick Tools
      4m 40s
    5. Using the Pages panel to navigate
      3m 57s
    6. Selecting and copying text and graphics
      3m 24s
    7. Rotating pages
      4m 49s
    8. Changing the viewing options
      6m 12s
    9. Reviewing preferences
      7m 6s
    10. Finding words and phrases
      2m 35s
    11. Searching a PDF and working with the Search panel
      4m 21s
    12. Sharing PDFs by email and with Adobe SendNow
      2m 11s
  3. 33m 18s
    1. Creating PDFs from Microsoft Office applications
      9m 46s
    2. Creating PDFs from Creative Suite applications
      8m 57s
    3. Creating PDFs from within Acrobat Pro
      4m 27s
    4. Creating PDFs from a web site
      8m 22s
    5. Creating PDFs from the clipboard
      1m 46s
  4. 30m 58s
    1. Editing text
      8m 51s
    2. Adding text
      4m 40s
    3. Editing images and graphics
      3m 39s
    4. Changing the page number display
      3m 48s
    5. Digitally signing PDFs
      6m 26s
    6. Cropping pages and documents
      3m 34s
  5. 1h 6m
    1. Adding watermarks
      6m 17s
    2. Adding page backgrounds
      5m 41s
    3. Adding page numbers
      5m 56s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      9m 7s
    5. Adding bookmarks
      11m 30s
    6. Attaching files to a PDF
      7m 11s
    7. Adding metadata
      3m 45s
    8. Optimizing a PDF for file size and compatibility
      10m 12s
    9. Creating initial view settings
      7m 16s
  6. 37m 59s
    1. Adding hyperlinks to URLs
      7m 33s
    2. Creating links with the Link tool
      6m 9s
    3. Working with interactive actions
      6m 56s
    4. Creating and adding buttons
      6m 28s
    5. Adding video, sound, and SWF files
      7m 29s
    6. Adding page transitions
      3m 24s
  7. 27m 12s
    1. Extracting pages
      3m 53s
    2. Splitting a PDF into multiple files
      4m 13s
    3. Inserting pages from files and other sources
      5m 42s
    4. Moving, copying, and replacing pages
      8m 17s
    5. Combining PDFs
      5m 7s
  8. 27m 9s
    1. Exporting text
      8m 33s
    2. Exporting images
      6m 33s
    3. Exporting PDFs to Microsoft Word
      7m 21s
    4. Exporting PDFs to Microsoft Excel
      4m 42s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Working with portfolios
      6m 57s
    2. Creating portfolios
      6m 26s
    3. Customizing portfolios
      7m 23s
    4. Optimizing backward compatibility
      5m 41s
  10. 32m 9s
    1. Creating an interactive form
      6m 42s
    2. Working with form fields
      6m 41s
    3. Editing field properties
      5m 34s
    4. Distributing and collecting forms
      9m 43s
    5. Enabling Reader to save form data
      3m 29s
  11. 34m 26s
    1. Adding sticky notes and other annotations
      9m 2s
    2. Using the drawing markup tools
      6m 10s
    3. Viewing, filtering, and replying to comments
      5m 24s
    4. Printing, summarizing, and exporting comments
      6m 35s
    5. Exporting comments to Word for Windows
      3m 28s
    6. Enabling extended commenting in Acrobat Reader
      3m 47s
  12. 25m 29s
    1. Understanding the different review processes
      2m 7s
    2. Using the email review process
      4m 33s
    3. Conducting a shared review with
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Review Tracker
      4m 32s
    5. Using the Collaborate Live review process
      7m 23s
  13. 31m 2s
    1. Reviewing the print production tools
      5m 18s
    2. Previewing color separations
      3m 51s
    3. Using the Object Inspector to learn details
      3m 13s
    4. Working with the Preflight dialog box
      5m 34s
    5. Fixing hairlines
      3m 57s
    6. Converting colors
      2m 27s
    7. Saving as a standards-compliant PDF
      6m 42s
  14. 19m 16s
    1. Scanning a paper document to PDF
      4m 44s
    2. Setting up optimization options
      6m 48s
    3. Recognizing text in a scanned PDF
      4m 43s
    4. Reviewing and correcting OCR suspects
      3m 1s
  15. 17m 18s
    1. Using the built-in Actions for automation
      5m 32s
    2. Editing Actions
      4m 7s
    3. Creating new Actions
      4m 51s
    4. Sharing Actions with others
      2m 48s
  16. 35m 26s
    1. Choosing a security method
      5m 27s
    2. Password-protecting a PDF
      7m 27s
    3. Securing a PDF with a certificate
      5m 6s
    4. Creating a digital id
      5m 43s
    5. Removing sensitive content with the Redaction feature
      6m 52s
    6. Revealing and clearing hidden information
      4m 51s
  17. 33m 45s
    1. Opening and navigating PDFs in Reader
      7m 30s
    2. Adding comments
      3m 14s
    3. Viewing extended features
      6m 53s
    4. Digitally signing a PDF
      6m 15s
    5. Sharing PDFs
      2m 29s
    6. Using
      7m 24s
  18. 3m 54s
    1. Final thoughts
      3m 54s

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In Acrobat X Essential Training, author Anne-Marie Concepción demonstrates how to create, modify, review, and share PDFs in Adobe Acrobat X Standard or Pro. Starting with a tour of the new panels-based interface, the course covers the basics of the software, such as creating and customizing PDFs, searching, editing text and graphics, and extracting PDF content to use in other programs. Also included are tutorials on creating forms, inserting interactivity and rich media, using the prepress tools, combining PDFs with other types of files to create customized portfolios, and ensuring document security. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating PDFs from web pages, Office files, and Creative Suite files
  • Signing PDFs with a digital signature
  • Creating interactive forms
  • Annotating PDFs with comments
  • Collaborating with others using PDF reviews
  • Making scanned documents searchable with OCR
  • Preparing documents for print with print production tools
  • Automating routine tasks with Actions
  • Securing PDFs with encryption and password-protection
  • Removing sensitive content with the Redaction feature
  • Sharing PDFs
  • Using the new features in Reader X and
Anne-Marie Concepción

Adding bookmarks

What are bookmarks in a PDF? They are little links that help you navigate a long PDF quickly, or to find specific information, and you can see the bookmarks by opening up the Bookmarks panel on the left. See this little guy that looks like a bookmark. Just click it, and if there are any bookmarks in the PDF, they will be listed here. So this document actually is pretty rich with bookmarks. It has some top level bookmarks like Definitions of Employees Status and if you click it, it jumps you right to that page that starts out Definitions of Employees Status.

Let's actually make this a little wider, so you can see it a little better; Standards of Conduct, jumps you to Standards of Conduct. There are also second level bookmarks. You can see. You can reveal them by clicking the little Plus symbol here. So someone has thoughtfully included bookmarks to what to do if you are absent without notice, or about harassment, and so on. So when you click a bookmark, it brings it right to the top of the screen there. So you can see that bookmarks would be very handy. Unfortunately, Acrobat doesn't just make them up out of whole cloth.

In fact, most PDFs that you encounter will not have bookmarks. So I am going to go to the same handbook; Two Trees Olive Oil Employee Manual. This is normally what the Bookmarks panel looks like. So you can create bookmarks in a PDF in one of two ways. One, you can add them manually here in the Bookmarks panel. This thing will create a new bookmark, and I am going to be showing you how to do that bookmark by bookmark in a bit. But the other, much faster, much more convenient way, if you can do it, is to have the original file, when you export it to PDF, say from Word or PowerPoint or whatever, include bookmarks on the fly.

So let's see how that might work. First, let's take a look at Adobe InDesign. I have this manual opened in Adobe InDesign, and Adobe InDesign does have a Bookmarks panel, if you go to Window, where all of the panels are listed, and go down to Interactive, and choose Bookmarks, you can see there is a panel. It is empty at the moment. The way to automatically create bookmarks in InDesign is through the use of Paragraph styles and the table of contents. I know those don't sound like they have anything to do with bookmarks, but it's how things get automated.

As in Acrobat, you could add bookmarks manually one by one, but that would be ridiculous. Instead what you do is you use paragraph styles in the documents. For example, this Section 1 introduction, this part that's against the dark orange, if we open up Paragraph Styles, you can see that's called Heading 1, and the ones below that are called Heading 2. So the Body Text is just Normal or something else. So as long as you can be careful about using Paragraph Styles for Headings and Sections, then you can have InDesign automatically create bookmarks based on where those paragraph styles occur.

So we can do that by going to the Layout menu and choosing Table of Contents, and then you just select those paragraph styles that you want to create a bookmark for and add them to this list on the left. So even if you are not going to include a Table of Contents in the document or export it to PDF, this is kind of a sneaky way to quickly create bookmarks on your own. I am going to turn on more Options, so you can see that you can even set the level of the bookmark. In Heading 2, we want to add that, we want Heading 2 to be part of Heading 1, so just like the bookmarks that we just saw where you had multiple subsections under a section, that's what's going to happen here.

Also you see down here is the magical clue; Create PDF Bookmarks. So if you have that turned on, and then you click OK, then two things happen; first your cursor becomes loaded with the automatically generated Table of Contents. In this case, I really don't want to have it be part of the PDF, so I am just going to drag it out and put it on the pasteboard. But take a look at the Bookmarks. Those were automatically generated. Now, when I export this document to PDF, when I go to Adobe PDF Presets, let's just choose High Quality Print, I can say Include Bookmarks.

So when it makes the PDF, it's going to include these bookmarks. So that's how you do it from InDesign. Let's take a look at Microsoft Word. Basically, it's the same thing. You need to use Styles in Word and then once you have things that are styled, like if I click here, you can see up here it's Heading 1, and let's keep scrolling down a bit, that's Heading 1 again, and Changes in Policies, Heading 2. So it's showing us a little preview of Styles. Now, I know we are using Office 2010, but this works in just about any version of Word.

When you export this to PDF by using Windows, this doesn't work in Mac, sorry guys, but it works in Windows, go to Acrobat. In Preferences, you can say, there is a tab for Bookmarks. I mentioned this earlier, in an earlier video about creating PDFs from the Microsoft Office Apps, but this is where the good stuff happens. So you can say Convert Word Headings to bookmarks. If you use any type of style name that was a heading, it will automatically convert that, or you can turn it off and say, I just want Heading 1 and Heading 2 to be bookmarks, or it could be any style.

Maybe you use something that wasn't a heading style and you can just select them right here, sort of like what we did with Adobe InDesign. I am going to cancel out of here to show you that you don't always have to go to Preferences first. If you go just directly to Create PDF, there is an Options button down here that also has a facility to create bookmarks in that PDF. So you can see that bookmarks are pretty well integrated in Microsoft Word and in fact in many of the other Microsoft Office applications. So we exported a document to PDF from Microsoft Word with Bookmarks and that is how we ended up with this thing of beauty, with all these bookmarks.

So these came over directly from Microsoft Word. If you actually held down the Caps Lock key as you typed in Headings, and that is what the bookmarks look like. Now you don't have to leave them as is, these are all completely editable. So for example, I could right-click on this bookmark and choose Rename. I could say sexual harassment. So the bookmarks do not have to exactly match the headings. It's only when you have them exported automatically, that the bookmark name matches exactly what the text said.

You can also select any bookmark and delete it, so if we didn't need any bookmark for telephone use for example, we could right-click on it, and just choose Delete. There are other things you can do with bookmarks like for example on Cover, and these I actually did edit earlier. And then on Cover, I could right-click and choose Properties, and you can change things like the style of the text, like I want it to be Bold perhaps, and I can also change the color. So maybe you want to make it red. We'll look at Actions in a minute. Here it is.

There is the red text. So it's something that you really want to have people's attention jump to, you can like make it look different than the other bookmarks. Now, I am a big fan of right-clicking, so I am choosing it that way, but you can also just select a bookmark and then use the Bookmark dropdown menu here where you see Properties and all the other kind of fun stuff. Let's look at the document that has no bookmarks. How do you create them on the fly? Like maybe you just might have a simple document that doesn't have that you didn't use styles with, or maybe you don't have the original file that was used to create the PDF, and you just want to add your own bookmarks.

It's actually really simple. It's just two steps. Number one is go to the location that you want the bookmark to take you to. So let's say that we wanted to create a bookmark that would bring us to Definitions of Employees Status. So you go there first. Then in the Bookmarks panel, you click the icon for a New Bookmark, and then call it whatever you'd like. So I will say, Definitions of Employees Status or I can just say, What is an employee? So you can call a bookmark whatever you'd like.

Now, let's test this out. We'll go back to the Cover, and then we'll click on the Bookmark, and it brings us right back to Definitions of Employees Status. Now, say that we wanted a bookmark for regular full-time. I will just click New Bookmark, and we will call this let's say Regular Full-time. We want this to be a child of this bookmark, right? We want this to be a subset. So you just drag it to the right. So you see as I am dragging it, it's showing me a little icon that says where it belongs to. In any document that you have bookmarks it's really easy to move bookmarks around.

So you just select the bookmark and just drag it up and down. Another thing that you can do with the Bookmark is you can assign an action to it. I am going to make a new bookmark, and I am going to call it Search this PDF. I am going to move it up here to the very top, I want it at the very top. And then I am going to right-click Search this PDF, and go down to Properties and assign it an action. When somebody clicks Search this PDF, what I want Acrobat to do is to open up the Search panel, so they can actually do a search, because a lot of people don't realize you can search, and it's different than doing a Find.

So you can add an action to a bookmark that is any menu item. So if I click Add, I wanted to do an Edit, Advanced Search. That's what I wanted to do, as though they had chosen that from the Edit menu. Then for this action, I want to delete it. I don't need to jump to a page, I just want it to execute a menu item, and then click OK. So we will test it out. Let's go back to the Cover, close this up, open up the Bookmarks panel, click Search this PDF. So I always click, if you click the name of the PDF in Acrobat, it thinks you want to edit the bookmark, instead we want to click the little icon to the left. And boom! It sets you up to search the actual PDF which I think is pretty cool.

So there are all sorts of neat page actions. So there are other actions that you might want to explore and other cool things that you can do with bookmarks that's covered in quite a bit of detail in the Online Help. But one thing I want to mention to you is that a problem that I found when I've gone to the trouble of adding bookmarks to a PDF is that a lot of my recipients don't even realize that there are bookmarks. Now, bookmarks will work whether somebody has Reader or Acrobat, but if they get a PDF and it opens like this, they are not even going to think to look at it, most users won't. So what you want to do is you want to save your PDF so that by default when somebody opens it, it opens with the Bookmarks panel Open.

You can do that by going to the File menu, and going down to Properties. I will be talking about this in more detail in another video, but if you go to Initial View, you can say under Navigation tab that it should be the Bookmarks panel and the page. So that will automatically open. Let's just leave it as is, and click OK. So I am going to save this to my desktop; Save As, Two Trees. I will call it Fixed. Then close this.

Now, let's test it out. I am going to go to File > Open, go to the desktop, open up Two Trees Handbook Fixed, and it automatically opens with the Bookmarks panel showing. So that's what you want to do. If you go to the trouble of adding bookmarks, and it's actually not that much trouble if you're able to generate them automatically from another program as I showed you. You want to make sure that their users enjoy, and appreciate and are able to use all the bookmarks, make it obvious for them by having the PDF open automatically with the Bookmarks panel open.

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