I have a PDF file which I converted From Microsoft Word. Actually I'm working on an eBook and now I want to publish it as a PDF.

How do I create PDF bookmarks, either through Word or through editing the PDF afterwards?

  • @DOK :) can u plz merge my question – User Jun 7 '11 at 10:35
  • Have you got Acrobat Pro? – slotishtype Jun 7 '11 at 11:13
  • @slotishtype:) no ... – User Jun 7 '11 at 11:54
  • I added a new answer, hope this works for you. – slotishtype Jun 7 '11 at 15:49
  • Can anyone update with Microsoft 2016 and 2019 screenshots? – Darryn Brisdaz Dec 30 '19 at 4:34

Here is another solution for word 2007.

1) Install the pdf/xps add-on from here.

2) Go to Save as in your word file (which already has a number of headings outlined).

3) Save as PDf or XPS.

4) Click on the options button on the save as dialog.

options save as dialog

5) Check the "Create bookmarks using" checkbox.

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6) Click OK.

7) click publish.

This will give you headings as bookmarks in the pdf.

  • ) now i want to know how to design an pdf file? like so many book have an design in pdf? – User Jun 8 '11 at 3:31
  • Have you got Indesign? – slotishtype Jun 8 '11 at 7:11
  • This option is built-in in Word 2016. – th1rdey3 Sep 27 '17 at 12:26
  • Can anyone update with Microsoft 2016 and 2019 screenshots or are they the same? – Darryn Brisdaz Dec 30 '19 at 4:34

If you are using Acrobat 9 professional, you can use the original word outline (chapter and headings) as bookmarks in your PDF document.

Here is a tutorial. On page 8, there is a section on "Creating a PDF with Automatic Bookmarks"

  • ) i have only adobe reader x then ? – User Jun 7 '11 at 11:47
  • slotishtype:) u thr – User Jun 7 '11 at 12:29
  • Yes. What version of word have you? I might be wrong but I think you need pro to create pdfs. – slotishtype Jun 7 '11 at 15:28
  • Word doesn't have a "Pro" version I know of. Word 2007 and Word 2010 can export directly to PDFs with bookmarks/outlines (or there are MS-provided addons to enable this feature). – Kurt Pfeifle Jun 8 '11 at 19:05
  • I meant acrobat reader pro... Not word pro. – slotishtype Jun 8 '11 at 21:07

Just an update to the other answers...

in case you are on Office 2013, you have to click on "Export" instead of "Save as"

and then you will find the options to add bookmarks based on the different "levels" inside the document.

  • Same applies to Office 2016 as well. – Gnanam Jan 30 '17 at 12:40

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