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InDesign How-to Video: Using Bookmarks to Navigate Long Documents in InDesign


In this week’s InDesignSecrets video, Mike Rankin demonstrates how to use InDesign’s bookmarks to create a navigation system right within the InDesign file itself. He shows how to create bookmarks automatically with the table of contents feature and also how to manually add other navigation points within the document. Navigating around an InDesign document is a breeze with this set up.

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Editor in Chief of CreativePro. Instructor at LinkedIn Learning with courses on InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, GIMP, Inkscape, and Affinity Publisher. Co-author of The Photoshop Visual Quickstart Guide with Nigel French.
  • Paul Marriner says:

    Quite a handy tip. While the book feature has advantages, it can be painful to deal with 20 (more or less) tabs. This is an attractive alternative.

  • Scott Kelty says:

    Using this tip to navigate can be really useful! I have a document that I created that’s 80-some pages, and there’s parts of it in the back that aren’t easily accessible otherwise. However, like me, if you actually are using the Table of Contents feature for exporting an ePub or interactive PDF, if you regenerate your Table of Contents for whatever reason, *poof!* your edits to the Bookmark panel disappear, including any new bookmarks you’ve added. Is there any workaround for this?

  • Kaye Adams says:

    Just what I was looking for! Thanks so much!

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