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How to Create An Outline in PDF (Completely Free)

Jane Zhou updated on Sep 21, 2022 to PDF Editor Tutorials | min read

PDF is a standard file type to share information, but they often get longer due to multiple pages and data. So people face difficulty in finding where a specific chapter or heading is. Here comes the outline or table of contents making it convenient to view the overall document structure.

Though creating an outline in PDF is valuable in many ways, the fundamental one is that it works as a digital PDF map. You can quickly jump to a particular topic from the available directory. The outline is linked with the essential parts of PDFs. Here is the detailed procedure to create an outline in PDF for Windows, Mac, and Online users. Let's take a plunge into details!

How to Create Outline in PDF with EaseUS PDF Editor

EaseUS PDF Editor is considered the top-class, coherent, and professional software. It is valuable not only for converting PDF to other popular formats but also for editing at an advanced level. It offers you easy page navigation and a single/two-page page display. Even you can hide navigation panels, including rulers and guides if required. Rotating PDFs clockwise/anticlockwise for easy reading is also at your fingertips.

It is possible to add bookmark to PDF, and also pages, text, images, rectangle links, headers & footers, and much more when it comes to PDF editing. You can add a sign or certify the PDF quickly. Even it is easier than ever to add forms for data collection and add annotations & drawing markups.

Furthermore, you can search a specific text in content using the available search function. Also, the process of protecting confidential PDFs by encrypting them with a password is not challenging. Last but not least, you can reduce PDF size before sharing the PDF via email.

Here's how to create an outline in PDF document easily and quickly:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS PDF Editor and click on the "Open Files..." button to open your PDF file.

open pdf

Step 2. Navigate to the page to which you want to add a bookmark. There are three options in the left sidebar. Select the second one, "Bookmark".

add bookmark

Step 3. There is a "+" icon you can click to add a bookmark to the PDF or build a bookmark tree. Whenever you want to go back to a target page, it's convenient to turn to the page by clicking on the bookmark of that page.

add bookmark to pdf

Step 4. If you need to save the changes you made to the PDF, click on the "File" button and select "Save" or "Save As".

save file

How to Make Outline in PDF using Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is a universal and stable app that works equally on Windows and Mac. This desktop application lets you outline PDFs, providing various options to add bookmarks. Even it is in your control to edit or delete any label. Not only you can add Rich Media such as images or videos, but also it is possible to share PDFs for signing, reviewing, or tracking purposes.

Moreover, creating, converting, editing, compressing, signing, and exporting such files are some other functions to perform at ease. You can make the document accessible by keeping it to the PDF standards. Also, it is possible to redact PDF, stamp, print, scan, and even scan them to turn them into editable content.

Let's move forward toward how to create an outline in PDF through Adobe Acrobat:

Step 1. First of all, download, install and launch the software on Mac. Now, open the PDF for which you want to create an outline.

Import PDF to Adobe Acrobat

Step 2. By right-clicking the PDF, you will see various options from where to choose the "Add Bookmark." Now, look at the outline in the "Bookmarks" panel. So you can edit the outline easily by clicking the "Rename" tab from the menu.

Create outline for PDF using Adobe

Step 3. You can change or delete the outline entries in the "Bookmarks." After finalizing, click File > Save to save the PDF file.

How to Outline PDF for Free

Soda PDF is a comprehensive program that offers you both the online tool and the desktop software. It lets you create and view PDFs professionally. Even you can gain complete control over the document using the online tool. Also, it helps in performing the function of creating an outline in PDF. The conversion and compression functions are also not left behind.

Furthermore, it protects the PDFs using 256-AES password encryption. Even you utilize its batch and annotation feature efficiently. However, the protection, batch, and annotation features are premium ones. It undoubtedly offers the free version, but you have to compromise on some limited functionalities.

Here are the detailed steps to outline PDF using the Soda PDF:

Step 1. Open the website of Soda PDF and click "Open" to upload the PDF for which you need to create an outline PDF.

Step 2. Secondly, click the small "Bookmark" icon on the left sidebar. You will see the options to Add, Rename, and Delete. Adjust these as per the requirements.

Add outline in PDF using Soda

Step 3. In the final step, click File > Save As and save where you want. 

The Bottom Line

Above are the three recommended ways to create an outline in PDF that makes the navigation of your PDF file easier than ever. If you are an online tools user, Soda PDF is what you should go with. For Mac, Adobe Acrobat proves to be the best. However, EaseUS PDF Editor is an excellent software for Windows users. The reason lies in its fast functioning, easy-to-use interface, and better output quality. Whatever PDF-related task you need to do, this software will help you out in the best possible ways.

About the Author

author Jane Zhou

Jane Zhou

Jane is an experienced editor for EaseUS focused on tech blog writing. Familiar with all kinds of video/PDF editing and screen recording software on the market, she specializes in composing posts about recording and editing videos. All the topics she chooses are aimed at providing more instructive information to users.

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