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Working with the panels

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Video: Working with the panels

In addition to the tools at the very top of the window, we also have three very useful panels on the right, Tools, Comments, and Share. And a lot of what you do in Acrobat will be concentrated especially here in the Tools panel area. So to see what's in Tools, just click the name and the panel opens up. Actually, this is multiple panels rolled into one panel. I guess you can call these panes within the panel, and the first one is Pages. So things that you do to pages, such as Replace, or Crop, or Inserts, or to edit the page design, all occurs here in the Pages Pane.

Working with the panels

In addition to the tools at the very top of the window, we also have three very useful panels on the right, Tools, Comments, and Share. And a lot of what you do in Acrobat will be concentrated especially here in the Tools panel area. So to see what's in Tools, just click the name and the panel opens up. Actually, this is multiple panels rolled into one panel. I guess you can call these panes within the panel, and the first one is Pages. So things that you do to pages, such as Replace, or Crop, or Inserts, or to edit the page design, all occurs here in the Pages Pane.

Now when you open, up say for example, the Content Pane, the Pages Pane sort of collapses, right. That's why some people refer to how these panels work as accordion style. I heard a friend of mine from England call it Concertina, which I kind of like that. So in the Content Pane are things that have to do with the content of a PDF like bookmarks or the actual editing of text or adding interactive objects. Other panes that are under the tools panel are Forms, the Action Wizard, it has to do with creating automated sequences of events that you frequently do to PDFs.

Recognizing Text, which is when you scan something and then have it do automatic character recognition. Protecting the document with various security levels and redaction, and then doing digital signatures and certifying a document. So those are all the things in the tools panel. Now there is this little tiny icon, upper-right, easy to miss, that if you click it will show you that there are actually more Tools panels, so you are not seeing them all at once. For example, you might be wondering where the Print Production tools are, and this is where they are hiding.

So if you choose Print Production then you'll see all of the print production commands and dialog boxes and all that kind of fun stuff. So we will be going through basically all of this during the course of this video title. Then the Comment panel has to do with adding comments to PDF, which is a very common thing that you're doing when you are working with Acrobat and Reader and PDFs. So adding the little callout text boxes, doing drawing markups, doing things like shared reviews and tracking reviews and then reading other people's comments appear here.

And finally we have the Share panel; it's just a fast way to quickly share this document with other people. So for example if you need to attach it to an e-mail, you can do it right directly from Acrobat. If you click the Attach button then it will go ahead and start-up your default e-mail client and then attach this file to a new outgoing message ready for you to fill out. Or you can use Adobe's new Adobe Send Now Online service, which lets you send large files using the Adobe servers and the cloud as it were to bypass file size restrictions with e-mail.

We will be talking about that as well. Other things you should know about the tools panes on the right is that you cannot resize it on the left, something that you might find yourself trying to do but it won't let you do it. Also, if you go to that little menu at the very top, remember it's really easy to miss but it's there. You can choose Allow Multiple panels to be open, so that for example I could open up the Content panel and the Action Wizard at the same time and then I will just get a Scroll Bar instead of the Concertina effect that I showed you before.

To close this entire area and give more room to the document itself, just click on whichever panel is currently active, and it will close up all three of them. So I think in general you'll find that being able to quickly locate the commands that you need are going to be a lot easier with the new panels on the right side in Acrobat X.

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  1. 1m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
      20s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. Opening documents and moving them around
      6m 3s
    2. Working with the toolbars
      5m 59s
    3. Working with the panels
      3m 43s
    4. Customizing the toolbar with Quick Tools
      4m 40s
    5. Using the Pages panel to navigate
      3m 57s
    6. Selecting and copying text and graphics
      3m 24s
    7. Rotating pages
      4m 49s
    8. Changing the viewing options
      6m 12s
    9. Reviewing preferences
      7m 6s
    10. Finding words and phrases
      2m 35s
    11. Searching a PDF and working with the Search panel
      4m 21s
    12. Sharing PDFs by email and with Adobe SendNow
      2m 11s
  3. 33m 18s
    1. Creating PDFs from Microsoft Office applications
      9m 46s
    2. Creating PDFs from Creative Suite applications
      8m 57s
    3. Creating PDFs from within Acrobat Pro
      4m 27s
    4. Creating PDFs from a web site
      8m 22s
    5. Creating PDFs from the clipboard
      1m 46s
  4. 30m 58s
    1. Editing text
      8m 51s
    2. Adding text
      4m 40s
    3. Editing images and graphics
      3m 39s
    4. Changing the page number display
      3m 48s
    5. Digitally signing PDFs
      6m 26s
    6. Cropping pages and documents
      3m 34s
  5. 1h 6m
    1. Adding watermarks
      6m 17s
    2. Adding page backgrounds
      5m 41s
    3. Adding page numbers
      5m 56s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      9m 7s
    5. Adding bookmarks
      11m 30s
    6. Attaching files to a PDF
      7m 11s
    7. Adding metadata
      3m 45s
    8. Optimizing a PDF for file size and compatibility
      10m 12s
    9. Creating initial view settings
      7m 16s
  6. 37m 59s
    1. Adding hyperlinks to URLs
      7m 33s
    2. Creating links with the Link tool
      6m 9s
    3. Working with interactive actions
      6m 56s
    4. Creating and adding buttons
      6m 28s
    5. Adding video, sound, and SWF files
      7m 29s
    6. Adding page transitions
      3m 24s
  7. 27m 12s
    1. Extracting pages
      3m 53s
    2. Splitting a PDF into multiple files
      4m 13s
    3. Inserting pages from files and other sources
      5m 42s
    4. Moving, copying, and replacing pages
      8m 17s
    5. Combining PDFs
      5m 7s
  8. 27m 9s
    1. Exporting text
      8m 33s
    2. Exporting images
      6m 33s
    3. Exporting PDFs to Microsoft Word
      7m 21s
    4. Exporting PDFs to Microsoft Excel
      4m 42s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Working with portfolios
      6m 57s
    2. Creating portfolios
      6m 26s
    3. Customizing portfolios
      7m 23s
    4. Optimizing backward compatibility
      5m 41s
  10. 32m 9s
    1. Creating an interactive form
      6m 42s
    2. Working with form fields
      6m 41s
    3. Editing field properties
      5m 34s
    4. Distributing and collecting forms
      9m 43s
    5. Enabling Reader to save form data
      3m 29s
  11. 34m 26s
    1. Adding sticky notes and other annotations
      9m 2s
    2. Using the drawing markup tools
      6m 10s
    3. Viewing, filtering, and replying to comments
      5m 24s
    4. Printing, summarizing, and exporting comments
      6m 35s
    5. Exporting comments to Word for Windows
      3m 28s
    6. Enabling extended commenting in Acrobat Reader
      3m 47s
  12. 25m 29s
    1. Understanding the different review processes
      2m 7s
    2. Using the email review process
      4m 33s
    3. Conducting a shared review with Acrobat.com
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Review Tracker
      4m 32s
    5. Using the Collaborate Live review process
      7m 23s
  13. 31m 2s
    1. Reviewing the print production tools
      5m 18s
    2. Previewing color separations
      3m 51s
    3. Using the Object Inspector to learn details
      3m 13s
    4. Working with the Preflight dialog box
      5m 34s
    5. Fixing hairlines
      3m 57s
    6. Converting colors
      2m 27s
    7. Saving as a standards-compliant PDF
      6m 42s
  14. 19m 16s
    1. Scanning a paper document to PDF
      4m 44s
    2. Setting up optimization options
      6m 48s
    3. Recognizing text in a scanned PDF
      4m 43s
    4. Reviewing and correcting OCR suspects
      3m 1s
  15. 17m 18s
    1. Using the built-in Actions for automation
      5m 32s
    2. Editing Actions
      4m 7s
    3. Creating new Actions
      4m 51s
    4. Sharing Actions with others
      2m 48s
  16. 35m 27s
    1. Choosing a security method
      5m 27s
    2. Password-protecting a PDF
      7m 28s
    3. Securing a PDF with a certificate
      5m 6s
    4. Creating a digital id
      5m 43s
    5. Removing sensitive content with the Redaction feature
      6m 52s
    6. Revealing and clearing hidden information
      4m 51s
  17. 33m 45s
    1. Opening and navigating PDFs in Reader
      7m 30s
    2. Adding comments
      3m 14s
    3. Viewing extended features
      6m 53s
    4. Digitally signing a PDF
      6m 15s
    5. Sharing PDFs
      2m 29s
    6. Using Acrobat.com
      7m 24s
  18. 3m 54s
    1. Final thoughts
      3m 54s

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