Creating Bookmarks - Fifth District Court of Appeal

Creating Bookmarks within Adobe Acrobat
Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.220 and this Court’s Administrative Order AO5D14-01 require that all appendices
be filed as one PDF document and that the single PDF document be filed separately from the petition, brief, motion,
response or reply. These instructions explain how to create bookmarks for appendices. The bookmarks appear on the
left side of the screen and will allow the user to click on the specific document within the appendix that the user wishes
to view without having to scroll through all of the pages of the appendix.
These directions are for Adobe Acrobat Standard or Professional (version 9.0 or later) ONLY.
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Pursuant to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.220(c), as amended October 1, 2017, an appendix shall contain a
coversheet, an index, and a certificate of service; and it must be properly indexed and consecutively paginated beginning
with the coversheet as page 1. The appendix must also be text searchable, paginated so that the page numbers displayed
by the PDF reader exactly match the pagination of the index, be bookmarked consistently with the index, and not contain
condensed transcripts. Further, any confidential information contained in the appendix should be noted on the index.
Sample Coversheet:
Sample Index to Appendix and Certificate of Service:
After the index is typed, it will be the second page of your appendix; your cover sheet will be the first page. You will PDF
the index (directions listed directly below) and combine it with the appendix using the method described below on page
1. In order to create bookmarks, documents must be in PDF format:
Portable Document Format (PDF) preserves document formatting and enables file sharing. When the PDF format file
is viewed online or printed, it retains the format that you intended. The PDF format is also useful for documents that will
be reproduced using commercial printing methods. PDF is accepted as a valid format by many agencies and
organizations, and viewers are available on a wider variety of platforms than XPS.
IMPORTANT: To view a PDF file, you must have a PDF reader installed on your computer.
To Save a Word document to PDF in Word 2010:
This information also applies to Microsoft Word Starter 2010.
1. Click the File tab.
2. Click Save As. (To see the Save As dialog box in Word 2013 and Word 2016, you have to choose a location and
3. In the File Name box, enter a name for the file, if you haven't already.
4. In the Save as type list, click PDF (*.pdf).
5. Click Save.
Word 2013 and Word 2016
1. Choose File > Export > Create PDF/XPS.
2. If the properties of your Word document contain information that you do not want included in the PDF, in
the Publish as PDF or XPS window, choose Options. Then select Document and clear Document properties. Set
any other options you want and choose OK.
For more information about document properties, see View or change the properties for an Office 2016 file.
3. In Publish as PDF or XPS, navigate to where you want to save the file. Also, modify the file name if you want a
different name.
4. Click Publish.
After your document(s) is in PDF format, you are ready to create bookmarks
Add a bookmark
1. Depending on the PDF version you use, either highlight the text to which you want to assign a bookmark, or right click
on the page where you want to insert a bookmark.
2. Once the text is highlighted, right click your mouse, then click “Add Bookmark.” If you cannot select the text, simply
click anywhere on the page you want to bookmark, then right click and select “Add Bookmark.” Under the bookmarks
on the left-hand side of the page, next to the blue ribbon, it will say “untitled.” Delete “untitled” and type in the name
of your document.
Bookmarks appear on the left side of your document under the blue ribbon.
Page Thumbnails are above the Bookmark blue ribbon:
In Adobe Acrobat XI Pro you can combine multiple PDF’s into one large document and each document will automatically
be bookmarked.
1. Save each document separately and give it specific name, e.g., “Complaint” “Answer,” etc.
2. After you have saved each individual document, Open Adobe Acrobat.
3. Click “Combine Files into PDF.”
3. You should see the following. Then click “Add Files”
Open the folder where you saved your documents and then add the PDF documents, in the order you
want them combined, then click “Combine Files.”
After the files are combined, click “file” then “save as” and rename and save your
When your PDF document is opened, it should look like the following with bookmarks:
After the bookmarks are created, you can click on the corresponding bookmark to be brought directly to that document.