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5. Manipulating PDF Files > 65. Add a Web-Style Navigation Bar to PDF Pages

Add a Web-Style Navigation Bar to PDF Pages

Ensure that readers see your essential links.

Styles used on the Web suggest that readers love navigation bars, such as the one shown in Figure 5-14.

Integrating your PDF with the Web using a navigation bar
Figure 5-14. Integrating your PDF with the Web using a navigation bar

Creating a PDF navigation bar in Acrobat and then duplicating it across several (or all) document pages is easy. Links can open external web pages or internal PDF pages. Add graphics and other styling elements to make it stand out. Disable printing to prevent it from cluttering printed pages. All of this is possible with PDF form buttons.

Create Buttons and Set Actions

Create and manage buttons using the appropriate Acrobat tool. In Acrobat 6, activate the Button Tool (Tools Advanced Editing Forms Button Tool), then click and drag out a rectangle. Release the mouse and the Button Properties dialog opens. Select the Actions tab and click the Select Action drop-down box. Choose Go to a Page in this Document or Open a Web Link and click Add . . . . Another dialog opens where you can enter destination details. Click OK and the action should be added to the button’s Mouse Up event. Click Close and your button should be functional. Test it by selecting the Hand Tool and clicking the button.


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