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Its usual that everyone want free solutions which should provide all the features of other commercially avaiable solutions. As a solution consultant on a daily bases I encounter such queries. A perfect way out may not be always possible, still, I try to satsify them.

Recently I has to prepare some reports which demanded some bookmarked PDFs, so that the customer can easily jump to sub sections and navigate better. Looking for the perfect tool I got last in the tech jungle — as usual. Finally traced an easy path to achieve my goal.

This is how I did it.

The solution requires Microsoft Word and an account in the Acrobat.com web site.

  • I’m not sure how expert are you in MSWord. So will explain step by step. All the documents need some strcure, the document also needs content. I always do it in an inline manner, that is, place the sturue as the content evolves. Following is a sample.
  • Once this been done, we ned to format it. The best way to do this is using Styles. All main headings can be formated as Style Heading 1, next level using Heading 2 and on. Heading 1 style can be easily applied by slecting the line and pressing Ctrl+Alt+1, Heading 2 by Ctrl+Alt+2. The content will be something like the one below.
  • [The styles can be verifed and modified using Style & formating option
  • ]
  • Now add some more Content with similar styling
  • To build the TOC which will them be converted to PDF book mark use the following option in MS Word
  • Which will pop-up the following window
  • Clicking OK will place the TOC as shown below
  • Now save the Document. And proceed to the Acrobat.com. Singin with the account or create a new account.
  • Once logged in click on the Create PDF button.
  • Choose and Upload file
  • once done
  • download it and open usimg Acrobat Reader
  • The pdf is ready with Bookmarks

 

Enjoy

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Posted October 21, 2010 by jsusmer in mind waves, search

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