Did you know? InDesign makes interactive PDFs too! Not limited to just Acrobat Pro, Acrobat DC, Adobe InDesign makes an easy, clickable Table of Contents throughout your magazine design, e-newsletter, or other interactive PDFs.
3-Step Tutorial to Create an Interactive Table of Contents
Step 1: Use Tabs to Align Text Content
Insert the article titles and page numbers. Use Tabs (Ctrl + Shift + T) to align the page numbers and to add leader text, such as “…”:
Step 2: Add Hyperlink Destinations.
Open Hyperlinks (InDesign Application Bar > Window > Interactive > Hyperlinks). You must set both a hyperlink source and destination. The hyperlink source will be the article title in the Table of Contents. The hyperlink destination will be the article title within the body of the document. Create the hyperlink destination first using a text anchor.
Both a hyperlink source and destination must be set.
To create the text anchor, locate the appropriate article title in the document body, and highlight it. (The highlighted text will automatically become the text anchor’s name.) Then click the More Options button in Hyperlinks, and select “New Hyperlink Destination.” Next, select “Text Anchor” from the Type: menu, and hit OK.
Step 3: Add New Hyperlinks.
Return to the Table of Contents to add the hyperlink destination. Highlight the article title, then in Hyperlinks, Create New Hyperlink using the New Hyperlink button. Like the text anchor, the highlighted text automatically becomes the new hyperlink’s name. Select “Text Anchor” from the Link To: menu. Choose a Character Style if desired. (Note that you must create the Character Style before-hand.)
Repeat these steps for all the desired hyperlinks! Finally, go to File > Export… > Adobe PDF (Interactive) (*.pdf) to view the links in action.