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Bookmarks add interactivity to InDesign

InDesign BookmarksBy Barbara A. Fanson
for Sterling Education Centre

A bookmark is a link in your text that makes it easier to navigate while working on InDesign documents and when they were exported as Adobe PDF. If you're designing a book in InDesign, you can create a bookmark at the beginning of each chapter so you can 'click' to another chapter quickly.

When you export an Interactive PDF, those bookmarks will appear in the Bookmarks tab on the left side of the Acrobat or Adobe Reader window. Each bookmark jumps to a text anchor or a page.

If you generate a table of contents, your Bookmarks will be added to the Bookmarks panel automatically.

  1. To create a bookmark in Adobe InDesign, click in the text so you have a cursor flashing where you want the anchor.
  2. Choose Window > Interactive > Bookmarks. A panel appears.
  3. Click on a bookmark in the panel that you want above your new bookmark. Your new bookmark will be added below the selected bookmark. Click on the New button at the bottom of the panel. Name your Bookmark.
  4. Or, you could also highlight some text, so when you create a new bookmark, that text becomes the name of your bookmark.

After creating a bookmark, they should appear in your exported PDF file in Adobe Reader or Acrobat, if the Bookmarks check box was checked when you export the PDF.

When you update the table of contents, the bookmarks are reordered, causing any bookmarks generated from a TOC to appear at the end of the list.

To rename a bookmark, click once on the bookmark name in the Bookmarks panel; when it is highlighted, type a new name. Or select a name in the panel and choose Rename from the sub-menu.

To delete a bookmark, click on a name in the Bookmarks panel, and click on the trash can button at the bottom of the panel.

There are many ways to add interactivity to Word and InDesign files such as Hyperlinks, Bookmarks, Anchors, and Table of Contents. The step-by-step instructions are included in our new book From Desktop to Book Shop.

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