# PDF bookmark customization

I've seen a couple of PDFs which have come of their bookmarks ("index" tab in most viewers) set either in italics, bold or both.

Googling around I found that the bookmark package is supposed to do this (I even used its \bookmarksetup{startatroot} command to have a bookmark to an unnumbered chapter before the first part of the document appear as it should) but I find the documentation a bit confusing.

I tried setting the style for the bookmarks with either

\bookmarksetup{italic}


and

\bookmarksetupnext{italic}


but it seems nothing happens.

Maybe it's a viewer issue (I'm using Evince 3.2.0 under Ubuntu right now).

Has anyone succeeded in this? how so?

According to the bookmark package documentation the font options for \bookmarksetup are bold (for bold bookmarks) and/or italic (for italics). There can be combined, if required. Here's an MWE with the output viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{bookmark}% http://ctan.org/pkg/bookmark
\usepackage{lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/lipsum
\bookmarksetup{bold}% Default bold bookmarks
\begin{document}
\section{First section}
\lipsum[1]
\bookmarksetupnext{bold=false,italic}% Non-bold and italic bookmark only for next sectional unit
\subsection{A subsection}
\lipsum[1-2]
\section{Second section}
\lipsum[2]
\section{Last section}
\lipsum[3]
\end{document}

• Definitely a viewer issue then, since I ran your MWE here and got no bold nor italic bookmarks. The MWE itself is usefulf :) – mpr Nov 1 '11 at 5:31
• The default PDF viewer on Mac doesn't display this kind of formatting. This is usefull with Acrobt Reader viewer and maybe others... – projetmbc Nov 1 '11 at 10:56
• @projetmbc, Evince, Okular and Foxit ignore the formatting of bookmarks completely, PDF-XChange viewer honors the color specification only. – alfC Dec 31 '12 at 4:33