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How to Open PDF with or without Bookmarks Showing on Mac

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When creating PDF files, one may opt to build bookmarks for easy navigation of pages. Bookmarks are link texts that let you go to pages of PDF file quickly, which often appear on the left panel of a PDF file. Although they are important, you might find them annoying at times thus you will want to hide them as you view your PDF file. In this article, we will show you how to open and view PDF file with or without bookmarks showing.

Part 1A Must-Have PDF Solution

disable pdf bookmark panel

PDFelement for Mac can automatically display bookmarks or you can set to display thumbnails or comments in the general settings eventually hiding bookmarks. PDFelement is also a comprehensive PDF editor that edits scanned PDF files and non-scanned PDF files. It can freely make changes on each element in your PDF. This easy to use software is coupled with other features like:

  • OCR all pages of your PDF file or you can select specific page range to make scanned PDFs editable.
  • Underline, strikethrough, highlight, add sticky notes, add texts box add callout comments, and add links to your PDF file.
  • It is PDF converter that supports editable output formats like PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Plain Text, Rich Text, HTML, images and EPUB.
  • It can convert texts, webpages, clipboards and images to editable PDF files.
  • It combines multiple PDF files together or split large PDF into separate files.
  • It is smart PDF viewer that enables you scroll pages, navigate and zoom PDF.
  • It prints and saves PDF files that are compatible with other PDF softwares.
  • It is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11, 10.12 and will support the upcoming macOS High Sierra.

Part 2How to Set the Opening View to Show or Hide Bookmarks

Now let us see how you can open PDF with bookmarks and how you can hide or disable the bookmarks. Below is a detailed step-by-step guide on how to do so.

Step 1. Import PDF into PDFelement

Launch PDFelement for Mac and then click on "Open File" button. You will be able to select PDF on your Mac and open it with the program. Alternatively, you can also import PDF files into this application by clicking on "File" on the main menu followed by "Open" button.

Step 2. Open PDF with Bookmarks

The imported PDF file will now be displayed on the program. Now if the PDF file has bookmarks, PDFelement will automatically show bookmarks in auto view mode. As you view your PDF file, you will be able to see bookmarked content. You can also click on the "Bookmark" button in the left panel, which is the second icon on the left panel to display bookmarks.

Step 3. Open PDF without Bookmark Showing

You can also view the PDF file without bookmarks showing. To hide bookmarks or change to other view mode, you can go to the "File" tab on the main menu and click on the "Properties" button. Here you will see Description, Security and Initial View. Click on the "Initial View" option. You can then select the viewing modes of your choice from "Page Only", "Bookmarks Panel and Page" and "Pages Panel and Page".

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Published: Nov 14,2016 16:33 pm / Updated: Aug 28,2017 18:51 pm

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