Cleanup PDF Bookmark Titles
This tutorial shows how to automatically cleanup PDF bookmark titles using the AutoBookmark™ plug-in plug-in for the Adobe® Acrobat®. Use this operation to remove unwanted characters from the bookmarks. The following processing options are supported:
  • Trim leading and trailing space characters
  • Remove duplicate space characters
  • Remove characters that are not allowed in file names - \/:*?"<>|
  • Capitalize the first letter of each bookmark
  • Remove non-printable characters (such as new lines)
This operation is available in the Action Wizard (the Acrobat's batch processing tool) and can be used for automating of document processing workflows.
You need a copy of the Adobe® Acrobat® along with the AutoBookmark™ plug-in installed on your computer in order to use this tutorial. You can download trial versions of both the Adobe® Acrobat® and the AutoBookmark™ plug-in.
Step 1 - Open a PDF File
Start the Adobe® Acrobat® application and using "File > Open…" menu open a PDF file that contains bookmarks.
Step 2 - Open The "Cleanup Bookmark Titles" Dialog
Start the Adobe® Acrobat® application and select "Plug-Ins > Bookmarks > Modify Bookmarks > Cleanup Titles…" to open the "Cleanup Bookmark Titles" dialog.
Step 3 - Select Desired Options
Select desired processing options by checking the proper boxes. Click "OK" to start the cleanup process.
Check the "Trim leading and trailing space characters" box to delete unnecessary space characters before and after the bookmark text:
Check the "Remove duplicate space characters" box to delete duplicate space characters:
Check the "Remove characters that are not allowed in file names" box to delete the following characters \/:*?"<>|. Bookmarks are often used for document splitting and naming the files.
Check the "Capitalize first letter of each bookmark title" box to ensure that all bookmarks start with a capital letter:
Check the "Remove non-printable characters" box to delete non-printable characters in the titles (for example, a new line character):
Step 4 - Examine the Results
The report dialog will appear once the cleanup process is completed. Click "OK" to close the dialog.
Examine the results. The bookmark titles have been cleaned up from unnecessary characters.
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