How to create a portable PDF with interactive index tabs

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How to create a portable PDF with interactive index tabs
PDF files can be easily organised with a table of contents. (computer image by Angie Lingnau from

Portable Document Format (PDF) files are used for ebooks, tutorials and other guides. These files can be read on computers and smartphones. PDF files can include an interactive table of contents, which will make them easy to navigate. You can create a PDF file with a table of contents by using Microsoft Word, or another document processing program, and Adobe Acrobat.

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  • Adobe Acrobat

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  1. 1

    Download Adobe Acrobat (see Resources). You can purchase the software or download a trial version.

  2. 2

    Open the documents you wish to convert to PDFs in Microsoft Word or another word processing program.

  3. 3

    Click "File" and "Save As" and Select "PDF." If this option is not available in the "Save As" menu, click "File" and "Print" and choose to print the file to Adobe Acrobat PDF. Select the option to open the PDF file after it has been created. This will open Adobe Acrobat, and you can create the table of contents from here.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the page where you wish to begin a new section in your table of contents and open the Bookmark plane within Adobe Acrobat.

  5. 5

    Click "Options" and "New Bookmark." This will create a table of contents listing that you can modify as necessary.

  6. 6

    Continue the process for each section you wish to create. Save your document.

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