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How to create bookmarks in adobe acrobat reader dc

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May 26, 2015

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I feel like this should be simple but obviously I'm missing something. 

I updated my Acrobat reader to DC.  I have the free desktop version, not premium or anything.  I can't figure out how to make a bookmark for the life of me.  Is that function no longer available for free users?  There's no icon to create a bookmark and I've looked all up and down through the navigation pane and there's no bookmarks tab anywhere.  Are bookmarks gone or just gone for free users?

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Not possible. You need to get Acrobat to create bookmarks. The free Reader can't do it, and it won't display the Bookmarks panel for a file without bookmarks (as it can't be used for anything).

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How to create bookmarks in adobe acrobat reader dc

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I feel like this should be simple but obviously I'm missing something. 

I updated my Acrobat reader to DC.  I have the free desktop version, not premium or anything.  I can't figure out how to make a bookmark for the life of me.  Is that function no longer available for free users?  There's no icon to create a bookmark and I've looked all up and down through the navigation pane and there's no bookmarks tab anywhere.  Are bookmarks gone or just gone for free users?

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Not possible. You need to get Acrobat to create bookmarks. The free Reader can't do it, and it won't display the Bookmarks panel for a file without bookmarks (as it can't be used for anything).

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Not possible. You need to get Acrobat to create bookmarks. The free Reader can't do it, and it won't display the Bookmarks panel for a file without bookmarks (as it can't be used for anything).

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Thank you so much!  I was going crazy trying to figure it out.  I have another pdf program I can use instead.  Seems really weird though, like bookmarks should be a simple, basic function but whatever lol.

Thanks again for the help and the clarification

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It's a basic function for an editor, but Reader is not an editor, it's just that: A reader of PDF files.

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No one would confuse iBooks with an Editor, but virtually all eBook readers allow you to set bookmarks of one kind or another. Unless your eBook is a PDF. then you can't.


That's disappointing.

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try67 escreveu:

It's a basic function for an editor, but Reader is not an editor, it's just that: A reader of PDF files.

I sorry, but I don't think so...

What use of a READER where we can't just mark our last read page?

Anyway, I thought Adobe was better than this, charge for such feature like bookmark...

I was loving this new version except for this... so you think "oh it's a good product let see how much for pro version.... EUR 584 no sense"

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You can use a sticky note comment to mark the page you last read, or you can enable the option (under Edit - Preferences - Documents) to restore the last view settings when you re-open a document.

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Yeah, God forbid us wanting to use a bookmark in a reader... 😕

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This is ridiculous. If I am reading a physical book, placing a bookmark is the action you do while reading. Placing bookmark as such doesn't "modify" the book (in the real world).

All I need is a quick way to refer back to some other location while reading without losing my current location.

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You can use comments, like a sticky note.

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There must be some misunderstanding of word "bookmarker"! It is definitely for reader, instead of editor.

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Adobe disagrees with you, apparently.

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No no, you don't understand - you only need Booksmarks if you are a Pro and be writing books... xD

And only chickens should be allowed to eat eggs...

Sure, it's a free tool - ok... but I got a PDF with some houndred sited and want to read this.... but not in one take...

It's a bit funny...

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If you're just trying to make the pdf open where you left off, just go to Edit>Preferences>Documents>Open settings and click the box that says "Restore last view settings when opening documents".

This is not what Adobe calls a "bookmark" though.

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It works for me 🙂 Thanks for posting

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Actually, bookmarks are for readers. They help readers find their way back to a place of interest in a book. Editors use/create headings, tables of contents, indexes, and tables of concordance to help would=be readers find their way to places that they may find of interest. Adobe doesn't seem to understand the significance of this.

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Let's get back to Foxit reader then! 😉

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That is ridiculous. Document reader without ability to add bookmark, especially if previous version did have it

 

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No previous version of Reader was able to do it.

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Workaround:

Create a prefix such as bmk

At the place you want to insert bookmark - start a stickynote and include bmk as first word. You can add other comments if you want.

Close and remember to save when you exit.

To get boookmarks

On the Edit tab - select Advanced Search with radio button set to this document and a tick in the Include comments.

in the search box type bmk - all the bmks will appear with andy additional notes associated. Click on the selected one and you are there.

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This is a GREAT workaround. Thanks.

I don't care if this is not the literally "correct" answer, it's the BEST answer because it solves my problem instead of simply telling me to spend the bucks on Pro or search for another PDF tool.

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Nice workaround. However, in order to make this work I had to select the Settings wheel in the Find box and click on "Include Comments" there (selecting "Include Comments" in Advanced Search didn't work for Sticky Notes in my version of Reader, v2019.012.20040

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If I was reading the PDF as a printed book, I could add as many bookmarks as I like by just inserting something between the pages or sticking a sticky note at the top to overlap the margin.  To suggest that this is not wanted or necessary with a PDF file is ludicrous, this is something you want to do time and time again. Most, if not all e-readers allow this, the Kindle apps all do it, why not the Adobe pdf reader app too?

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Foxit did it well, I used foxit for creating bookmark on scanned PDF file. It is very helpful.

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Alternatly load it in the Android version where you can do it - I've been bookmarking items in free reader on the train intending to utilise the entries when i get home to find that on the desktop version they are not visible - what a pain - luckily there are plenty of other alternatives. PDF XChange looks quite cool.

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