I have the following document (this is an example):


\usepackage[bookmarks=true,pdfborder={0 0 0}]{hyperref}

\title{Sample document}




\part{My first part}
\chapter{A chapter}
\section{First section}
A text...
\chapter{Other chapter}
Other text...

\part{My second part}
\chapter{Another chapter}
Yet another text...


And the PDF bookmarks that is being produced do not satisfy my needs. I needed:

  • A root node "Sample document" pointing to the begining of first page of the document (title page)
  • Contents page (TOC) appearing like one document part on bookmarks (but not in TOC, I don't want it to appear in TOC, only in Bookmarks)
  • Instead of "I My first part" I wanted "Part I: My first part" and so on to the other parts
  • Instead of "A chapter" I wanted "1 A chapter", instead of "Other chapter" I wanted "2 Another Chapter" and so on
  • The section would continue to appear as it currently does on bookmarks, with no numbers, only its title

How can I do that?

2 Answers 2


You could use the bookmark package. For example:


causes numbered bookmarks, such as the desired 2 Other chapter.

\bookmark[page=1,level=0]{Sample document}

At the beginning gives you the desired first bookmark. It offers many more features described in the documentation. Just follow the link above to CTAN or type texdoc bookmark at the command prompt.


I solved my bookmarks problem using Stefan suggestion. I'm posting here what I did, so It may help anyone that comes to this question and is facing the same issues.

Adding the root node:

\bookmark[page=1,level=-2]{Sample document}

Adding the contents page to Bookmarks and not to table of contents:


Changing "I My first part" to "Part I: My first part":

\part*{My first part}
\addcontentsline{toc}{part}{Part I: My first part}

Changing "A chapter" to "1 A chapter" on bookmarks:

  • 2
    FYI, to add a bookmark linked to the slide with the outline in Beamer, I found it is more appropriate to use \bookmark[page=\thepage,level=-1]{Contents} as it enables to correctly handle outer theme elements.
    – BConic
    Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 16:02

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