Solved:Error Bookmark Not Defined

In this post, we’ll see how to solve the error

Error Bookmark Not Defined

Error Result

This error is quite common when using an automated table of content in a word document. On creating a PDF file from such word document leads to this error in the pdf file.

Error Cause

The reason for this error is that word uses a hidden bookmark system for linking the table of content topics to the page number. Due to this reason when the bookmark gets deleted because of the topics getting erased from the word document or change in formatting we get this error bookmark not defined.

This error is visible in pdf document because before conversion the table of content tries to update itself and because it can no longer find the required bookmark it throws the error in the converted pdf.

Error Resolution
  1. Check for the presence of the table of content topics in the word document.
  2. Check the formatting of the table of content topics in a word document it should be a heading or a subtitle.
  3. Select the entire table of content and press  Ctrl + Shift +F9 to convert the table content to a static field.
  4. Right click the table of content and select update.

After following the above-mentioned steps you should be able to resolve the error bookmark not defined.I hope this post helped you if so please share this website with your friends that allow me friends thanks for reading see you later bye.

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10 thoughts on “Solved:Error Bookmark Not Defined

  • January 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Only problem is that, once I did that, it did it in the word document too? can i somehow revert back to whatever the pages were before, and THEN do this process?

  • December 26, 2017 at 8:30 am

    it’s working for me

  • February 24, 2018 at 10:55 am

    thank you so much for helppppppppppppppppp

  • March 13, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Appreciate the advice. It was very helpful.

  • August 17, 2018 at 10:38 am

    i don’t think this is the best solution as sometimes you need the links to work within the doc.
    this error appears when a bookmark is missing. just go tho the specific location, insert your bookmark (with whatever name you want) and then go and cross-refer to it or generate/update the ToC/list. it’s not that time consuming and you get working links within the doc/ToC/list.

  • August 27, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    only i can say thank you very much.
    i used ctrl+shift+f9 to change a content table to a static field and it worked in word 2016.

  • November 14, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you so much for resolving the “Error! Bookmark Not Defined” Your awesome and your error resolution perfect!!

  • December 12, 2019 at 6:52 am

    You saved my life, I spent ages trying to figure it out. Thank you!!

  • December 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    I had a bookmark error in my Index and I got rid of it by selecting the whole section and ressing Alt + Shift + F9 . I want to updte my Index. How could I make it active again?