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how does one remove bookmarks from a LaTeX generated pdf file?

I wrote the article in LaTeX. When submiting the .pdf to IEEE eXpress for checking, I get the error:

file contains bookmarks.

Any ideas how to solve it?

I already tried:

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There is no point in using hyperref, because links seems to be forbidden either according to the "PDF Specification for IEEE Xplore". – Heiko Oberdiek Sep 14 '13 at 13:49
Try with \hypersetup{bookmarksdepth=-2} as in How to temporarily disable PDF bookmarking? – Werner Sep 14 '13 at 13:51
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Option bookmarks can only be given at package loading time. Setting it later with \hypersetup will give the warning:

Package hyperref Warning: Option `bookmarks' has already been used,
(hyperref)                setting the option has no effect on input line 3.

Bookmarks can be disabled, if bookmarks=false is given to \usepackage:




can be tried, before hyperref is loaded by another package or class and option bookmarks is not explicitly set by the other package or class.

If the requirements of "PDF Specification for Xplore" are holding, then you should not use hyperref at all, because links are not allowed either. Thumbnails can be added by package thumbpdf; the PDF file can be converted by pdfopt of ghostscript for fast web view.

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Or just try any viewer with edition options, like the free version of PDF Exchange Viewer, with which you can remove bookmarks from any unprotected pdf file.

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This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. – Jubobs Jan 12 '14 at 13:25
@Jubobs This might IMHO answer the question. The fact that some PDF viewers are able to remove the bookmarks is valuable here, and it might be an option for the OP. – yo' Jan 12 '14 at 14:52
@tohecz I agree, but I think it's a bit short to warrant a full-blown TeX.SE answer. It would have been more appropriate as a comment. – Jubobs Jan 12 '14 at 15:18
@Jubobs Quite certainly, it is not of the quality we're used to. However, I think that it has its value nevertheless, and I don't really see how could it be expanded. – yo' Jan 12 '14 at 15:25

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