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I’m curious

Can we create bookmarks or shortcuts to pdf files?

I would really like to be able to add a URL to a document or web page that would take me to a specific page or paragraph in a .pdf. I would like to be able to create bookmarks in my web browser that would jump to a specific spot in a .pdf. But as yet I have not been able to find how to do this.

This is not to be confused with the .pdf bookmark feature. The only bookmarks I have been able to find must be defined when one creates the .pdf.

I want to be able to create my own bookmarks and either attach them to the .pdf, or have them work outside of the pdf file.

I realize that these URLs would not be useful when served on the web, but they would be immensely useful for documentation and research I do on my local machine.
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  • Hi ahood,

    I found a little tutorial that describes how you can build a new PDF file with bookmarks that you can use to open other documents. This doesn't appear to allow you to target a specific place in another file.

    This Adobe document might also be helpful. It lists all the parameters that you can use to target a specific place in a PDF (such as a page number). If you create an HTML file with links to PDFs on your computer the way these files are treated will depend on your browser settings. When I try this in Firefox, it just tries to save another copy of the PDF to my desktop. In Safari, the PDF is opened in my browser. You can usually change settings like this in your Preferences.

    I hope this helps.

    Rachel James
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