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How to Create Bookmarks

PDF bookmarks aid the user in navigating your document by allowing easy browsing without having to scroll back to the table of contents page after every choice.

If you are using the most recent version of the template, your bookmarks are created automatically during the conversion process. If you have a template that was downloaded before August 2019, some bookmarks might not be created automatically. (Title Page, Committee Members, Abstract and Appendices). To create bookmarks in the current version of the Word template, you need to follow the directions on our Word Doc to PDF Conversion guide.

If you are using the older template and need to insert missing bookmarks manually, here’s how to create a new bookmark using Adobe Acrobat Pro. (You will need the full version of Adobe Acrobat which is available in any campus computing lab or for purchase using the Adobe Creative Cloud app.)

  • Click the Bookmarks button on the left to open the Bookmarks panel.
  • Open the page where you want the bookmark to link to, and adjust the view settings.
  • Use the Select tool  to select the area of the page you want to bookmark:
    • ‚ÄčTo bookmark text, drag to select it. The selected text becomes the label of the new bookmark. You can edit the label.
  • Select the bookmark under which you want to place the new bookmark. If you don’t select a bookmark, the new bookmark is automatically added at the end of the list.
  • Choose Tools > Edit PDF > More > Add Bookmark.
  • In the Bookmarks panel, type or edit the name of the new bookmark.