How to Add Bookmarks to Your PDF Files


Are you an avid reader of eBooks but often forget what page you were reading?  Or do you deal in contracts & have to go through each page before you can find the necessary information? Well, bookmarking your PDF documents is what you need. Adding halt stops and saving those stops as mini destinations so that you can open the PDF again and click on them to continue your journey is called adding a bookmark. It also helps you guide someone through a long document by simply sharing bookmarks to “information that matters.” 

The use cases for PDF bookmarks are endless. However, not everyone knows how to add and use them properly. In fact, it is a headache for many users to add PDF bookmarks as not every tool allows it easily. 

If you are wondering how to add bookmarks to your PDF and access them easily, you are at the right place. Check out the following ways and learn how to create and add bookmarks.

Ways to Create Bookmarks in PDF on Windows

There are 3 ways you can create bookmarks in PDFs on Windows. These are –  

Way 1 – Create bookmarks using Systweak PDF Editor

The first and easiest way on our list is using Systweak PDF editor. It is a robust PDF editing tool that offers an array of options to edit, annotate, digitally sign, compress, and convert PDF documents to your liking. You can even use it to add bookmarks to your PDF. To add bookmarks, follow these steps: 

Step 1 -Download, install, and run Systweak PDF Editor.

Step 2 – Open the desired document in Systweak PDF Editor.

Systweak PDF Editor


Step 3 – Use the Bookmark Tab in the left pane or click Tools > Bookmarks.


Step 4 – Navigate to the page you want to bookmark.
Step 5 – Click on the + icon in the Bookmarks section and give a name to the bookmark for easy identification. 

+ icon in Bookmarks section
Step 6 – Now, whenever you want to go to the bookmarked page, open the PDF and use the Bookmarks option to navigate to the bookmarked pages.

Using Systweak PDF Editor is easy. You can use it to add bookmarks and perform other PDF editing.

Way 2 – Create Bookmarks Using Adobe Acrobat

If you use Adobe Acrobat, you cannot bookmark the document using the free version, as the feature is part of the paid subscription.

However, if you have the paid version, you can do it using the following steps – 

Step 1 – Open the document you want with Acrobat PDF Viewer

Step 2 – Use the command Ctrl+B to open the list of bookmarks in the PDF. 

Step 3 – In the Bookmarks panel, find an option that says add a bookmark. 

Step 4 – Click on add a bookmark, and you have an added option that says select. This selection refers to selecting a particular image, object, or region of the page that you want to bookmark. This precise bookmark helps you scroll directly to a specific line or image in the document. 

Step 5 – Click Select and highlight the region you want to bookmark> Create a box around the bookmarked content to make it work. 

Step 6 – If you want to bookmark a page, click Add Bookmark without clicking the Select option. 

Step 7 Save the changes, and you should be able to see bookmarks in the Bookmark Panel.

While it is not as simplified as the Systweak PDF Editor, it gets the job done. Hence, if you have invested in Adobe Acrobat, you can use these steps to save bookmarks on your PC. However, if you are searching for a better PDF editor, Systweak PDF Editor wins over Acrobat in terms of convenience. 

Way 3 – Create Bookmarks Using Microsoft Word

Yes, you can use the famous Microsoft Word to create bookmarks in a PDF document. Check out the steps below to understand how – 

Step 1 – Open the document in Word. It is easy if you have a Word file or are creating a document. However, if you are trying to use an already existing PDF, you may need to convert Word documents into PDF.

Step 2 – Click the Insert tab to find the Bookmark option. 

Bookmark option in Insert tab

Step 3 – Click the Bookmark option after reaching the page or area you want to bookmark in the document. 

Step 4 – Add bookmarks as you see fit. Add names to your bookmarks for ease of access in the Bookmark Dialog that appears. 

Add bookmarks in Bookmark Dialog Box
Step 5 – Once you add bookmarks, go to the file options and click on Save As.

Step 6 – Select the PDF format from the dropdown.

Select PDF format
Step 7 – After selecting the PDF, click on Options available in the save file prompt before saving the document. 

Step 8 – There, you may find various file options, including the one that says Create Bookmarks. 

Step 9 – Enable the option and Select Word Bookmarks as the source. 

Select Word Bookmarks as sourceStep 10 – Save the document after making the changes. You have successfully saved the bookmarks on your PDF document.

If you want a free method to create bookmarks in a document, MS Word can be a good choice. However, this method is best used when creating a document independently. This method with an existing PDF document adds a few conversion steps, making it more complicated.

Systweak PDF Editor is the ultimate way to handle bookmarks without complicating things. Remember that usual PDF editors do not have any option to create bookmarks, so if you are looking for an easy way to create and explore bookmarks, Systweak PDF editor is the number one choice.

We hope this post helps you understand how bookmarks help and how to add them to your PDF files. Download Systweak PDF Editor and bid farewell to complicated steps.

If you have any queries or doubts, you can share them in the comments section. Thanks for reading. Good luck!

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Dishank Sharma
Dishank Sharma

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