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The More You Know: Creating a Table of Contents

Imagine this: You have a long report. We’re talking hundreds of pages long. Do you want to have to scroll all the way down to chapter 30 manually? Or would you prefer an interactive table of contents that links you directly to different sections of the document in just one click? In this week’s PDFelement tutorial, we’ll go over how to create a table of contents for your PDF files, whether it be a portfolio or e-book!  
 
First, you’ll need a table of contents page. If you don’t already have one, you can create one in PDFelement under File -> New -> Blank. You can type up your content and adjust the formatting. Make sure to include page numbers that correspond to the pages in your document. 
 
Personally, I find it easier and quicker to create my table of contents in Microsoft Word and then export the file as a PDF. I find that Word has a wide variety of formatting tools more suited to creating a nicely aligned table of contents. There are also templates available to make the whole process go by even more quickly! 
 
Once you are finished with your table of contents, open the PDF file in which you would like to include your table of contents
 
Head over to the “page” menu. Add the table of contents page that you just created by selecting “Insert."
TOC 1.png
 
 
Choose the option “From PDF” from the drop-down menu. 
 
TOC 2.png
 
Next, you’ll need to link the page numbers to their target pages. Under the “edit” menu, select the “link” tool. Draw a box around the page number. A pop-up should appear once you finish your box. Make sure to choose “go to a page view.” 
 
 TOC 3.png
 
Hit “set link”. Then, scroll to the page that the link should lead to and click “confirm”. Use the same method to link the rest of the page numbers. 
 
 TOC 4.png
 
And that’s it. This is how you set up your interactive table of contents in PDFelement! Note that this tutorial was shown through the Mac version of the software, but the Windows version has the same steps for creating a table of contents. 
 
Any questions or tutorial requests? Comment below! We also have an online forum where you can get your PDFelement questions answered. See you there! 
 
 
 
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