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How to fix MS-Word not creating PDF Bookmarks for your Headings

  1. Problem: No navigation bar in Acrobat Reader when viewing your PDF created from MS-Word.
  2. Solution: Check this setting first in the Save as PDF Options: image
  3. But: Word 2013’s  “Save as PDF” with “Create Bookmarks”  may remains greyed out since it won’t even see your own heading styles, even if you based these styles on the built-in heading styles (which are known to contain  “hidden magic” not easily replicated) , including their outline level, if
    1. Heading appears in Content control.
    2. Heading appears in Table.
  4. Workaround:
    1. Move headings out of Content Controls (you can still “lock”the text with Grouping, which will be enabled on the Developer Tab once you select at least a conten control and text (meant for form field labels).
    2. Move headings outside of tables.