How to get bookmarked PDF from Word document

1. Summary

Only bookmarked PDF files are accepted for submission on the ETD (http://etd.ceu.edu/) site. 

Bookmarks are used for navigation within the PDF file. 
Similarly to the Table of Contents (TOC) they are based on the chapter titles and subtitles of your document but they are displayed on a static side panel or top menu (depending on your PDF viewer) providing one-click navigation instead of scrolling.  

To generate bookmarks the titles, subtitles should be properly formatted (with Heading styles) within the Word document.  

Generating bookmarks is something you have to set up manually when you are converting the Word file into PDF. Alternate, more complicate option with functional disadvantages is to add the bookmarks to the PDF itself. 

Without bookmarks uploading the PDF to the CEU ETD database is not possible!

The proper process is:

  1. Use Heading styles in the Word document to format chapter titles and subtitles.
  2. Specify PDF conversion settings regarding bookmarks.
  3. Convert the file into a bookmarked PDF.