Friday, April 18, 2008

How to bookmark a page in PDF

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Ebooks are usually in the PDF format, so it would be useful if you could bookmark a page on a PDF file you are reading, just like you bookmark a page in a real book. That can be done in Acrobat Reader with a small hack. Now Acrobat Reader is such a resource hog that you might not want to use it. Even I don't use it. Recently, I wrote about another PDF reader, the Adobe Reader Lite which is much faster and lighter than the original version. This hack works with the Lite version too.

Download Bookmark JavaScript for Acrobat Reader. Unzip it, and then copy it into your Acrobat Reader JavaScript's directory (/Adobe/Reader 8.0/Reader/Javascripts). Now open any PDF file with Acrobat Reader or Acrobat Reader Lite. Scroll a few pages and then open the View menu. Here you will find 4 new options - Bookmark this page, Go to bookmark, Remove bookmark and Clear bookmarks. (Note: you can't see the bookmark items when a PDF file is opened to the first page. You have to get to at least the second page for the bookmark items to become visible). The items are self explanatory. You can create as many bookmarks you want in a single PDF file. "Remove bookmark" will allow you to remove a single bookmark and "Clear bookmarks" wipes out all the bookmarks.


bookmark pages in Acrobat reader


The bookmarks created by this JavaScript aren't PDF bookmarks that get saved with the document. They behave more like web browser bookmarks in that they enable you to quickly return to a specific PDF page.

[Found via O'Reilly Hacks]

64 comments:

  1. Brilliant! I was reading a 150pp file and thought "somebody must have come up with a bookmarking system." And someone had.

    Brilliant!

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  2. thanks a lot! It is really helpful.

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  3. I can't believe that Adobe hasn’t thought of this. I have a 1198 page study file and this plug-in has made all the difference. I can now refer back to my bookmarks and get the information needed right away.

    Thanks Genius

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  4. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Why the hell haven't Adobe done this :(

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  5. If you are using Adobe acrobat 9 you can open the document preferences (right click on the document) and then check "Restore Last view settings when reopening documents" This way your file will always open in the last page you read or where you close your document. Hope it helps too! Cheers

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  6. Works like a dream !
    e-book readers finally blessed

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  7. Works only for about 30 bookmarks, when i try more then i have lost everything :-(

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  8. For some reason the bookmarker only boomarks certain PDF's. on some it give me "internal error occured"?

    can you help?

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  9. very helpful!!
    Tks

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  10. Restore last view point works better I think. The bookmarks display across all PDF's for privacy reasons that isn't to good. Then if you click a bookmark from one PDF made in another it causes an error. I'm getting an error now with the javascript "An internal error occurred"

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  11. Thank you very much i am so surprised this isnt a standard feature. you rock!

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  12. To open the pdf from the last viewed page.
    Go on the menu bar and in the edit menu:

    Edit->preferences or press (Ctrl +K)
    On the left hand side in categories:
    click on the document category and check mark
    "Restore Last view settings when reopening documents"

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  13. Very Very Very Gooooood !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. Awesome utility.Thanks Buddy.Cheers!!!!!

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  15. Whoever wrote this program is an absolute genius.
    Ttttttthank-you for saving me and many orhers save a lot of time.

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  16. how come i only able to create 1 bookmark only, when create 2nd one, got "Internal error occurred error"

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  17. For anyone who is still having trouble with Vista. I put file in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Javascripts. Works great.

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  18. Wow Superb.. I loved it. Thank you very much.

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  19. Hi Kaushik,

    Nice program but I found a little problem. It doesn't work in two-up. I read a lot of technical manuals and always use full screen two-up.

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  20. Fantastic! Thanks a lot.

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  21. It worked with the first pdf file I used it with but didn't work with any other file.

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  22. Thank you very much

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  23. thanks, i've been looking for something like this

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  24. Thank you very much!!! very useful tool!!!

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  25. wow
    thanks alot
    it works perfectly.

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  26. This solution requires an installed adobe reader 9. The good thing about this tool is that the bookmarks are portable.

    http://www.heise.de/software/download/portablepdfbookmarker/75291

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  27. thank you very much..i'm indebted. :)

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  28. I've been using PDF-XChange Viewer for a while now. It's free, seems faster than Acrobat reader, and has a lot of nice features like bookmarks and the ability to modify PDF files by adding text, highlighting text, etc. Windows only, unfortunately.

    http://www.tracker-software.com/product/downloads

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  29. This is for the internal error code when using the above plug-in on Adobe Reader 9 fresh install for windows.In Adobe reader 9 you have to right click the document your reading and look in the page display settings under java script and make sure the following are checked off after you have installed the plug in : enable acrobat java script,enable menu items java script execution privileges,and enable global object security policy.

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  30. Yes. Good. Thanks a lot.
    Pity it Doesn't work when in 1st page, but still vety useful.

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  31. just what i wanted

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  32. perfect... :)
    nicely done.

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  33. thanks a lot :) been looking for this as long as i could remember!

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  34. Thanks. Really I am in need of such facility
    Jothi

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  35. Fantastic Buddy! Thanks a lot! I've been wishing to have this. Googled it and got this. Thanks again!

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  36. Excellent! Thanks for sharing..

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  37. Thanks for the info, expecially the previous view option posted in the comments. ALT+Left Arrow works great too.

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  38. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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  39. Great Buddy!
    Thanx alot :))

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  40. Thanks Bro.... really helpful.

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  41. Thank you very much......

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  42. OMG THX A LOT!!!!

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  43. Great work. Thanks for the info.

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  44. Brilliant. thanks

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  45. Thank you so much, it worked like a charm. I feel like such a computer tech!!! lol

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  46. Thx for sharing this tip. If java developer want to develop an API to create PDF file in java language which can also incorporate all the features of pdf then use the following online API: http://www.aspose.com/java/pdf-component.aspx

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