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In Acrobat X Essential Training, author Anne-Marie Concepción demonstrates how to create, modify, review, and share PDFs in Adobe Acrobat X Standard or Pro. Starting with a tour of the new panels-based interface, the course covers the basics of the software, such as creating and customizing PDFs, searching, editing text and graphics, and extracting PDF content to use in other programs. Also included are tutorials on creating forms, inserting interactivity and rich media, using the prepress tools, combining PDFs with other types of files to create customized portfolios, and ensuring document security. Exercise files accompany the course.
A Navigation panel that you will be using a lot in Adobe Acrobat is the Pages panel. Now what are Navigation panels? Well, those are the panels that you see on the left. The icons are sort of grayed out and there are four that are available to you right-away. But also if you go to the View menu and go down to Show/Hide > Navigation Panes, you'll see that there is a whole bunch of other kinds of Navigation panes that you could have listed at the left. The ones that are showing right now are Page Thumbnails, Bookmarks, Attachments and Signatures.
And as I said the pane that you will be using a lot is this one called Page Thumbnails. It's really great even if you only use it for navigating long PDFs, but it has a lot of power under the hood. And I'll be referring back to this Page Thumbnails panel quite a bit in other videos in this title, but I wanted to introduce it to you because I think that you'll find that it's one of the basic tools that you'll use all the time with most PDFs that you'll work with. So you just click that little icon to reveal it. Now you can't detach this and let it float around on the screen but you can resize it.
There is a little Grab Bar down here and if you hover your cursor over it, it let's you make the panel wider or smaller. I'll show you why you might want to do that in a second. Basically if you scroll down the Page Thumbnails panel, you'll see little thumbnails obviously of each page in your PDF and to jump to that page, you can just double-click it in the Page Thumbnails panel. The page number appears below each thumbnail and if you select the page and then right click it you'll see that there are a whole lot of commands available to you in the contextual menu.
We will be covering a lot of these commands later. But for example you can easily, like, replace the selected page, delete the selected page, crop pages, just print the page and so on. So if you want to select certain pages, like say that you just want to print pages 1 and 2, you could select page 1, hold down the Shift key, and select page 2. And then the commands that you choose affect the selected pages, pages 1 and 2. Like, when you print, it will automatically know that you want to print page 1 and 2, or if you right-click, it will know that you want to replace pages 1 and 2, you want to delete pages 1 and 2 and so on.
So it's a great way to select more than one page or to make a command work on more than one page. Now if you want to select discontinuous pages, you would hold down the Ctrl key, for example in Windows to select pages 1 and 3 or in a Mac you would hold down the Cmd key to select the contiguous pages. At the top of the Pages panel, there are a couple of icons. First there is this little red circle with an X in it which obviously means delete pages because very often people need to delete certain pages, so you can just click that after you select the pages you want to delete.
And then there is a panel dropdown with the same kind of commands that you would get when you right-click. The Pages panel is really great for things like combining and rearranging and sorting pages like if I wanted page 1 to come after page 2 for example, I could just drag and drop it right here in the Pages panel and now it appears right after that. So now the first page used to be page 2 and the second page is the cover. I will put that back because I don't think I liked it. Now if you resize the Page Thumbnails panel, you can see more page icons appear, which is wonderful, especially if you're working with a really long document.
And you can also go to that little dropdown menu and reduce or enlarge the Page Thumbnail size. So if we reduce them, you could fit even more Page Thumbnails into the panel, or it's really hard to tell one page from the other in here, you could choose Enlarge; let's do that a couple of times. Because they can get really big, so I am going to bring them back down to the normal size and just show you that the Pages panel is one of the most flexible and useful panels that you'll find in Adobe Acrobat.
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