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keep Word format when creating pdf bookmark

Apr 8, 2013 1:05 PM

Tags: #bookmarks #acrobat_x-pro

I recently updated from Word 2003/Adobe 8 Professional to Word 2010/Adobe X Professional.  My Word doc has style that automatically creates upper case headings; when pdf creates the bookmark it is upper and lower case.  How do I keep Word formatting?  My bookmark needs to be identical to table of contents (some headings are all upper case).  I did not have trouble with Word 2003/Adobe 8 but do not find any setting in Adobe X to keep Word formatting.  Any information would be appreciated,


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    Apr 9, 2013 4:26 AM   in reply to KarenAdmin

    Hi Karen,


    I can't reproduce it using Word 2010 and Acorbat 10.1.6 Pro. Could you please upload a sample file which i can use to reproduce the issue? I can then possibly suggest you a solution/workaround.

    Please you Advanced Editor to attach a file here:

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    Apr 9, 2013 4:45 PM   in reply to KarenAdmin



    While your Word Style results in an uppercase presentation of characters if you keyed any characters as lower case that is what is "real".
    Thus, the lower case characters are present in the PDF Bookmarks.

    The "fix" is to ensure caplock is on when entering the characters.


    Regarding attached files. Forum users cannot attach files to posts.
    ("admins"/"mods" can do this)

    If you have Sandeep V's email you can attach them to an email to him.
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    Alternatively open an account at (free) (or some other, similar online service) and upload the files there.
    Then Share / Publish and place the link in a post to this thread.
    Note that this would make the files publically available.


    Be well...

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    Apr 10, 2013 6:42 AM   in reply to CtDave

    oh okay! now I understand that. my apologies.


    Karen- I agree with CtDave. Word Styles are just representation of the original data. PDFMaker always takes the format of the raw data. In Word, bookmarks can be Word Arts or other Word styles but Acrobat will not be able to show those styles under bookmarks. So, it always takes the raw format of that data.

    Even if you type text in lowercase and convert that to uppercase using Font Formatting dialog box-> All caps, Acrobat will still display the text in lowercase. Because the raw text is in lowercase and we just modified the front face of it.


    I think the only solution to this issue is what CtDave has already suggested. Thanks CtDave.


    Feel free to post back if you need more info on this.

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    Apr 12, 2013 6:39 AM   in reply to KarenAdmin



    I'm sure you want to try this -

    • Click on Acrobat (PDFMaker) tab in MS Word
    • Click on Preferences
    • Click on Bookmarks tab
    • Check 'Convert Word Styles to Bookmarks'
    • Ok and Convert.


    Didn't realize it in the first place. my bad...

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