I am using \section*{} to get unnumbered sections in a document. I need to get those sections in the bookmarks of the resulting PDF but they don't show up. In addition, if the first section is unnumbered, none of the sections below appear either on the PDF.


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You can use the \pdfbookmark command provided by the hyperref package which lets you set bookmarks manually. A little example:

\usepackage{lipsum}% just to generate filler text


\section{Numbered Section One}
\section{Numbered Section Two}
\pdfbookmark[1]{Unnumbered Section}{unnumbered}
\section*{Unnumbered Section}
\section{Numbered Section Three}

  • Does page=2 not simply link to the page 2 without taking \phantomsection into account? Jun 27, 2011 at 13:33
  • @Martin: fixed. I used \newpage and then replace it with \phantomsection while doing some tests and forgot to delete \phantomsection. Jun 27, 2011 at 13:40
  • But this still forces the document author to manually insert the correct page numbers by hand. Also it links to the whole page, not the unnumbered section. Jun 27, 2011 at 14:00
  • @Martin: right. Anyway, I've changed my answer. Now I only use \pdfbookmark from hyperref which, in this case, seems like a better option. Jun 27, 2011 at 14:26

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