How to create bookmarks in PDF

How to bookmark pages in a PDF document in Adobe Reader

The free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC has a great typography engine, support for 3D content, and a bridge to Adobe Document Cloud. You can also get 2 GB of free cloud storage through the Adobe Document Cloud service.

However, it lacks one of the most basic features a PDF reading app should have: the ability to bookmark a page.

Let's find some alternative solutions to bookmark PDF file in Acrobat Reader DC.

How does it help you bookmark pages in PDF?

Imagine reading an important document or a long book like "A Game of Thrones". You just left it on page 312. Aside from the fact that you should never read it in PDF, how are you supposed to return to the same page when you start reading again?

The problem is still unsolved. Adobe has a handy bookmark tool in the left sidebar. You can jump to indexed pages in a book, but you cannot create your own from there. So let's solve the bookmark problem.

The easy way to bookmark a page in Adobe Reader

You cannot create and place new bookmarks with Adobe Reader. However, you can apply a small setting that will make the software remember the last page the PDF reader opened. It's not "technically" a bookmark, but it's a simple check mark that you should always check.

Follow the steps below to enable native functionality.

  1. Go to Edit> Preferences (Windows) or Acrobat / Adobe Acrobat Reader> Preferences (Mac OS). You can also use the keyboard shortcut Use Ctrl + K .
  2. Click below the listed categories on the left Documents .
  3. Activate the function as shown in the following screenshot - Restoring the last view settings when opening documents again . click on OK and finish that program .

Now open any number of PDF documents. Adobe Reader remembers the page you left it on. This may not be a bookmarking solution, it may not give you the ability to mark multiple points in a book, but it is a simple, elegant answer to our basic need when we open an e-book in a PDF reader.

Bookmark a PDF using the markup tools

The markup tools provide two workarounds for creating a bookmark.

  1. Use the highlighter.
  2. Use the comment balloon.

1. Highlight text to mimic a bookmark

You may not be someone who can highlight and annotate PDF documents. Use this feature to bookmark the last place you read when you use the highlighting feature in Acrobat Reader sparingly.

  1. The highlighting tool is represented by a pencil icon in the Adobe Reader toolbar. Select it to activate the highlighter.
  2. Mark the part of the text you want to "bookmark" and come back later. Save the PDF when you close the Reader.
  3. Scrolling through the pages to get to the highlighted highlight can be a chore. Use the Thumbnail in the left sidebar.

Remember, you can always clear the mark as you move through the document. Right-click the highlighted text (or image) and choose the displayed Context menu option Clear .

2. Bookmark with a sticky note and a comment

The sticky note tool in the toolbar is also an alternative to bookmarks. This is the most common way to add a comment to a PDF file. You can see it right next to the marker pen.

The Sticky Note also gives you the benefit of a timestamp and text area where you can add your own comments - in the best tradition of adding book notes in the margins.

Now you can easily jump to the comment you added to the note. Open the PDF document in Acrobat Reader.

  1. Go to View> Extras> Comment> Open .
  2. The List of comments will be displayed in the right pane of the document window. It shows all the comments in a PDF file and also shows a toolbar with general options such as: B. Sorting, filtering and other options for working with comments. Click on the comment and jump to the specific point in the document.

Did you notice the many annotations and markup tools in the comment toolbar? These options are incredibly powerful ways to make your reading more immersive and comprehensive. The full breakdown of each tool is outside the scope of this article. However, this Adobe help page will walk you through all of the tools.

You can use the text and drawing tools on the toolbar to highlight key segments or sentences. The best way to remember everything you read is to associate the information with details that are outside of the PDF document.

However, we haven't yet found an exact way to bookmark a PDF document in Acrobat Reader. It's time to check out a hack provided by a third party.

How to set bookmarks in Adobe Reader using a JavaScript hack

Call this a plug-in or an Adobe hack, but it's the only solution I could come up with to intentionally introduce a bookmark feature in Adobe Reader. The small 5 KB JavaScript file is in a downloadable ZIP file from PDF Hacks packed up.

  1. Download and unzip the small file. Copy the file ("bookmark_page") into the JavaScript directory of your Acrobat Reader. On my Windows 10 computer, it's located at - C: Programs (x86) Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Reader Javascripts .
  2. Start a PDF file with Adobe Acrobat Reader and open the menu view . Four new items are clearly visible in the menu:
    • Bookmark this page
    • Go to bookmarks
    • Remove a bookmark
    • Delete bookmarks
  3. The payment (5,6) next to the top two options relate to the keyboard shortcuts.
  4. The functions are self-explanatory. On the page that you want to bookmark, click Bookmark this page . The following box will open and you can give the bookmark a name.
  5. If you on Go to the bookmark clicking it will open a floating box and clicking on each bookmark will take you to each of the bookmarks you set. You can bookmark as many pages as you want.
  6. The other two options in the menu are also clear. With the command Remove bookmark you can remove a single bookmark, and Delete bookmarks deletes all bookmarks at once.

Note: For some PDF files, the hack works fine. In other cases, you may receive an internal error notification. To fix this, go to Edit>Settings . Scroll through the categories and select JavaScript . Check Enable Acrobat JavaScript . click on OK and finish that program .

More powerful tools to edit your PDF file

We still need our PDF files and a powerful reader. Adobe Acrobat Reader is just that - a simple reader of PDF files. It's supposed to be a stepping stone to the full-fledged Adobe Acrobat Pro DC that can be used to create bookmarks.

Because PDF files are so universal, you shouldn't rely solely on Adobe Acrobat. There are many alternative PDF tools with powerful editing features.