Display and Edit Bookmarks in PDF Documents - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

After adding bookmarks to your Acrobat Creative Suite 5 document, you will want to make sure the Bookmarks panel is on when your user opens it and you are likely to want to change the bookmarks as time passes.

Displaying the Bookmark panel

Unfortunately, the Bookmarks panel doesn’t open automatically with a document, even when bookmarks are present within a file. To display the Bookmarks panel when a file is opened, follow these steps:

  1. Choose File→Properties.

  2. In the Document Properties dialog box that opens, select the Initial View tab.

  3. From the Navigation drop-down list, choose Bookmarks Panel and Page and then click OK.

    After the file is saved and then reopened, the Bookmarks panel is displayed whenever the document is opened.

    The Document Properties dialog box in Adobe Acrobat.
    The Document Properties dialog box in Adobe Acrobat.

Editing bookmarks

You can change the attributes of bookmarks so that they link to other locations by clicking to select a bookmark and then choosing Options→Properties in the Bookmarks panel. In the Bookmark Properties dialog box, choose the color and font type of the bookmark on the Appearance tab.

To change the bookmark’s font style, choose a style from the Style drop-down list; to change the bookmark’s color, click the Color box and choose a color from the Color Picker.

On the Actions tab of the Bookmark Properties dialog box, you can delete existing actions (in the Actions section of the Actions tab) by clicking to select an action and then clicking the Delete button. Also, you can add actions by choosing another action from the Add Action section and then clicking the Add button. You can add more than one action to a bookmark.