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Bookmarks are not showing in exported PDF

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Nov 01, 2021 Nov 01, 2021

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Dear all,

I want the PDF exported from my InDesign document to have bookmarks that a PDF-reading app (such as Acrobat or Preview on Mac) can navigate through the PDF. 

So far I had either created the bookmarks manually with the Bookmarks panel or, as I am doing now, had created a new layer, placed text frames in the relevant pages with appropriate titles, created a table of content in this same layer and then made the layer hidden. By the way this very process was shown in a MAX session last week.

Something is not working though as now no bookmark shows in the PDF. 

Can someone tell me what I am missing?

I am on macOS 12.0.1 and InDesign 2022 (but could use 2021 if it is a bug).

Thank you

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Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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How exactly do you export your document to PDF? Please show some screenshots.

Of the Bookmarks panel in InDesign, of the export to PDF dialogs.

Would it help if you add your bookmarks in Acrobat Pro DC?

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Thank you Uwe. It was entirely my fault for thinking that the issue was in the bookmarks.

I had forgotten to check the box to include hidden text frames in the Table of Contents creation dialog.

Checking that "partially" solved the issue.

What I noticed is that creating the ToC automatically creates as many bookmarks in the Bookmarks panel. 

In PDF readers, though, those bookmarks are read as ToC sublinks while the bookmarks remain empty.

I will perform more tests in the following days to check with precision all the variables. 

Thanks for now

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