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Adding Bookmarks To PDF Files

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Free Downloads, I've Always Wanted To Know...

Charles writes:

I like to download articles from the web. I would like a setup like you use on the monthly tech magazine. Click on an article in the index and go to the chapter that I want. I would like to know how to set it up in this way.

Hello Charles,

First off, you don’t need the index type setup if you are downloading webpages that are not PDF files. If you are simply trying to organize webpages that you’ve saved, there are programs available to organize your webpages besides using bookmarks. Programs like Evernote, Pocket, and the built in App Reading List on Windows 8.1 could all help you organize those.

However, if you are saving PDFs and want to create bookmarks, the only real way to do this is to use a PDF editor, like Adobe Acrobat, which are typically pretty expensive. I did come across a way to make something like bookmarks using the free Adobe Reader program, though.

The easiest way to add “bookmarks” to a PDF using Reader would be to utilize Sticky Notes. These allow you to make annotations to a PDF document. But you can also utilize them as navigational bookmarks. First, go to View, Comment, Annotations, and you will see a window pop up on the right of the screen. Click on the Speech Bubble icon.

This will allow you to click and make a note anywhere on the PDF.

You will also see the Sticky Note add to your Annotations window. Double clicking on the note will then move you to that location in the PDF document.

This will then function as a bookmark for each article you have in the document. Hopefully this helped answer your question!

– Audra

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