Did you know that you can automate many of the features that you add to your PDFs simply by adjusting your Acrobat Preferences?
You can, for example, have Acrobat automatically convert the URLs in your Word documents to to live links when the file is converted to PDF. Bookmarks–required for many court filings–can also be auto-generated, saving you time while helping ensure that you don’t skip this important step. In fact, you can adjust your Acrobat settings to automatically perform both of these tasks in just a few steps.
Create Bookmarks and Links
Open Adobe Acrobat.
Click EDIT from the options in the upper-left corner.
Scroll down the display of features and functionality to select PREFERENCES. The PREFERENCES dialogue box opens.
Choose CONVERT TO PDF from the list of CATEGORIES on the far left of the PREFERENCES display. The CONVERTING TO PDF options display on the right.
Select MS OFFICE WORD from the list of file types.
Use the EDIT SETTINGS button to view and edit the settings for the Word documents that you convert to PDF. The ADOBE PDF SETTINGS pop-up displays.
Check the box to ADD BOOKMARKS TO PDF FILE.
Check the box to ADD LINKS TO PDF FILE.
Click the OK button. The PREFERENCES dialogue box remains.
Click the OK button in THE PREFERENCES pop-up.
Always check your PDFs to ensure that the bookmarks were added properly and that the URLs have converted to working links.
Barkley’s two-part Adobe Acrobat DC Pro for the Legal Profession eMCLE series includes a look at using Acrobat’s PREFERENCES to automate more tasks and to set your PDF display options.
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