Adobe Illustrator/sidebar links in pdf


Hi Kevin,

I have a really basic question for you - being new to pdf creation, I'm trying to find out the specific name for the feature that creates a sidebar with links (which can be collapsed or expanded), so large pdf documents can be easily navigated.

I have a very large Word document I need to turn into pdf, and having its index in that navigable sidebar would be convenient.  I've been trying to Google what this is called, but the keywords (column, left, sidebar, links, etc.) are just too generic and I haven't been able to find out what it is yet. Once I know what it's called, then I'll be able to research how to do this, but until then, I'm a bit stuck. Can you please help me out with the name of this feature?

Thanks so much!!

HI Lane,

You are looking for the pages panel to jump from page to page or the Bookmarks panel will allow you to go to specific points in your document.

I'll save you some time, here is the info on it. : )



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I am an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Freelance Professional. I travel nationally speaking on Adobe Creative Suite applications, including Illustrator and design. I can answer questions about Adobe Illustrator version CS1 through the all-new Creative Cloud.


I am an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Illustrator and have been teaching this software in college/higher education and for an Adobe Authorized Training Center since 2000. I have been an active user of Adobe Illustrator as a professional graphic designer since 1994. I am also the author of the Adobe Illustrator Certified Expert Exam. I am a published author for Adobe Inspire Magazine, writing articles on Creative Suite applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and the Adobe Touch apps.

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