How to bookmark pages in a PDF document in Adobe Reader

November 20, 2020  Aranzulla Dei Poveri

Free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC has a great typography engine, 3D content support, and a bridge to Adobe Document Cloud. You also get 2GB of free cloud storage through the Adobe Document Cloud service.

But it’s still missing one of the most basic functionality it should have in a PDF reading app: the ability to bookmark a page.

Let’s find some workarounds to add bookmarks to a PDF file in Acrobat Reader DC.

How does adding bookmarks to PDF pages help you?

Imagine reading an important document or a thick book like “A Game of Thrones”. You just left it on page 312. Aside from the fact that you should never read it in the PDF, how are you supposed to go back to the same page when you start reading again?

The problem is still unsolved. Adobe has a handy bookmark tool in the left sidebar. You can jump to the indexed pages of a book, but you can’t create your own from there. So, let’s solve the bookmark problem.

The easiest way to bookmark a page in Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader doesn’t allow you to create and place new bookmarks, but there is a small setting you can apply that will help the software remember the last page that was opened by the PDF reader. It’s not “technically” a bookmark, but it’s a simple checkmark that you should always enable.

Follow the steps below to enable the native feature.

  1. Go to Edit> Preferences(Windows) or Acrobat / Adobe Acrobat Reader> Preferences (Mac OS). You can also use the Control + K keyboard shortcut .
  2. Click Documentsin the categories listed on the left.
  3. As shown in the screenshot below, enable the feature that says – Reset last view settings when reopening documents. Right -click on OK and exit.

Now open any number of PDF documents; Adobe Reader remembers the page you left it on. This may not be a bookmarking solution, it may not give you the ability to mark multiple points in a book, but it is a simple and elegant answer to our basic requirement when opening an ebook in a PDF reader .

Bookmark a PDF with markup tools

Markup tools provide two workarounds for creating a bookmark.

  1. Use the highlighter.
  2. Use the comment bubble.

1. Highlight the text to simulate a bookmark

You may not be someone who highlights and annotates PDF documents . this function to mark the last read position if you use the Highlight function in Acrobat Reader sparingly.

  1. The Highlight tool is represented by a pen symbol in the Adobe Reader toolbar. Select it to activate the highlighter.
  2. Highlight the part of the text you want to “bookmark” and come back later. Save the PDF when you close Reader.
  3. Scrolling through the pages to get to the marked highlight can be a chore. Instead, use the Thumbnailsview in the left sidebar.

Remember, you can always remove the highlight as you go through the document. Right-click on the highlighted text (or image) and select Delete from the context menu that opens.

2. Bookmark with a sticky note and comment

The Sticky Note tool on the toolbar is also an alternative to the bookmark. It is the most common way to add a comment to a PDF file. You can spot it right next to the Highlight pen.

The sticky note also gives you the benefit of a timestamp and a text area where you can add your comments – in the best tradition of adding book notes in the margins.

You can now easily jump to the specific comment you added to the note. Open the PDF document in Acrobat Reader.

  1. Go to View> Tools> Comment> Open.
  2. The list of commentsappears in the right pane of the document window. It displays all comments in a PDF and also shows a toolbar with common options, such as sorting, filtering, and other options for working with comments. Click on the comment and go to the specific position in the document.

Have you noticed the many annotations and drawing markup tools in the comments toolbar? These options are incredibly powerful ways to make your reading more engaging and engaging. The complete breakdown of each tool is beyond the scope of this article, but this Adobe Help page will walk you through them all.

You can use the text and drawing tools in the toolbar to mark segments or phrases that are meaningful. The best way to remember everything you read is to link the information to details that exist outside the PDF document.

But we haven’t come up with a precise way to mark up a PDF document in Acrobat Reader yet. It’s time to look into a third-party hack.

How to add a bookmark in Adobe Reader with a JavaScript Hack

Call it an Adobe plug-in or hack, but it’s the only solution I’ve been able to find to deliberately introduce a bookmarking feature in Adobe Reader. The small 5 KB JavaScript file is contained in a downloadable ZIP file on PDF Hacks .

  1. Download and unzip the small file. Copy the file (“bookmark_page”) into the Acrobat Reader’s JavaScript directory. On my Windows 10 machine it is located in – C: Programs (x86) Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Reader Javascripts.
  2. Launch a PDF file with Adobe Acrobat Reader and open the Viewmenu . Four new items are clearly visible in the menu:
    • Bookmark this page
    • Go to bookmark
    • Remove a bookmark
    • Delete bookmarks
  3. The numbers (5,6)next to the first two options refer to the keyboard shortcut keys.
  4. The functions are self-explanatory. From the page you want to bookmark, click Add this pageto bookmarks . The following box opens and you can assign a name to the bookmark.
  5. Clicking Go to Bookmarkopens a floating box and clicking on each one takes you to each successive bookmark set. You can bookmark as many pages as you like.
  6. The other two options in the menu are also clear. The Remove a Bookmarkcommand allows you to remove a single bookmark and Clear Bookmarks clears all bookmarks at once.

Note: For some PDF files, the hack works without problems. In others, you may receive an internal error notification. To fix it, go to Edit> Preferences . Scroll down the categories and select JavaScript . Check Enable Acrobat JavaScript . Right -click on OK and exit.

More powerful tools to edit your PDF file

We still need our PDF files and a powerful reader . Adobe Acrobat Reader is just that: a simple PDF file reader. It is meant to be a stepping stone to the real Adobe Acrobat Pro DC that allows for the creation of bookmarks.

Since PDF files are so universal, you shouldn’t rely on Adobe Acrobat alone. There are many alternative PDF tools with powerful editing features.

 

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