Creating Bookmarks

Xodo PDF Studio is able to create bookmarks in a PDF. This is useful when creating a table of contents or list of shortcuts to specific sections within the PDF. Typically a bookmark will only have one action associated with it and will be a Go To Page action. However, in the PDF format definition, bookmarks can have many different Bookmark Actions associated with them.

How to Create Bookmarks

Bookmarks may be added as parents or as children to existing bookmarks. In both cases, the new bookmark is added as a Go To Page action for the current page view (the current page number, magnification, and scrollbar values). Clicking on a bookmark will move to the bookmarked page and the scrollbars and scale are also set as they were when the bookmark was created.

Note: If any text is selected on the document, it will be used as the name of the bookmark. If not, the bookmark name will be based on the page number.

Create Bookmark as a Parent

To add a bookmark as a parent do one of the following:

  • Go to the Pages Tab > Bookmarks, or use the shortcut key Ctrl + B (⌘ + B on Mac)
  • Click the add bookmark button at the top of the bookmark panel
    • Note: If the bookmark panel is not visible (this happens when a document doesn't have any bookmarks defined), click the icon on the left side of the Xodo PDF Studio window
  • Right click on an existing bookmark and go to Add in the right click menu and select Before or After

Create Bookmark as a Child (under a parent)

To create a bookmark as a child (underneath or a subgroup of the parent)

  • Right click (Mac: Ctrl + Click) on an existing bookmark and go to Add in the right click menu and select Child

Bookmark Properties

To access the bookmark properties right click (Mac: Ctrl + Click) on the bookmark and choose Properties in the mouse menu. Bookmarks contain the following property settings.


Bookmark Title - this is the label for the bookmark that will be displayed in the bookmarks pane

Bookmark Actions - After creation the bookmark's actions can be modified using this section.  See Editing Bookmark Actions for a complete list of the available actions.


Text Color - Sets the text color

Font Style - Sets the bookmark font to be either Bold or Italic

B - Makes all of the text Bold

I - Makes all of the text Italic

Save as default - When checked this will make the selected appearance settings the default for any new bookmarks going forward