Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Changing page display, part of Up and Running with Acrobat X.
Acrobat 10 provides several different display modes that control how pages are displayed on your screen. Depending on the type of document you're viewing, changing the display mode can really improve your viewing experience. I'm beginning this lesson with the navigating.pdf file open, and that can be found in the navigating folder in your project files folder. So the page display simply controls how the pages of your document are displayed as you're scrolling the document or navigating.
So the first thing I'm going to do is I'm just going to use the scroll wheel on my mouse and you'll notice that as I scroll down from page to page, this document kind of jumps, and it goes entirely one page at a time. And you can also see this behavior if you use the scroll bar. On the top here, you can see that it just jumps from one page to the next. If I click in this scroll bar, it's just jumping, one page at a time. So I'm going to go ahead and go all the way back up to page one, and the page display is controlled by going to the View menu and coming down to the category called Page Display. Now you can see that right now my page display is set to single page view. Now if I change this to enable scrolling.
So if I choose the enable scrolling option, what you're going to find is that now when I scroll with my mouse, it's displaying the bottom of one page as well as the top of the following page. And so this is helpful, especially when you're reading a document that contains a lot of text such as a manual, or maybe just a document that has multiple pages of text, and it continues from one page to the next. Sometimes it's helpful to be able to simply view the bottom of the page as you're viewing the top of the following page, so you can reference text on the page above, and so on and so forth.
So, by turning on Enable Scrolling, you could see that I can just continually navigate back and forth from one page to the next without having to jump entirely to the next page. Now, in addition to those page modes, if I go back to the View menu and go down to Page Display, I also have this option here which is Show Gaps Between Pages, and right now that is enabled. But if I turn it off, what you'll see is that the pages are stacked right next to one another. Again if you're reading extensive text this could in fact be helpful because you can continually read the text without interruption from the edge of the pages. I'm going to go ahead and come back up to the view menu under page display, and I'll go ahead and keep that turned on because I find that pretty helpful when I'm navigating my document.
But it's a preference, so you can change it at will. Now, in addition, I'm going to go back to View Page Display, we also have a 2 page view. And if I turn on this option, you'll see that it now stacks pages next to one another. You can see, if I go up to the top, it's now showing me the, the first page is a single unit. And if I scroll down to the next category, then it'll show me the two page spread, just like I'm viewing a magazine, as well as the last page as you see it here.
If I come back up here, view page display. You can see that I also have a two page scrolling option, and if I turn that option on, that gives me a similar option, except now, as you might expect, I can see the top of one page while I'm viewing the bottom of the next. So, it's just another different page display that we can use when we're looking at out document. I'll go ahead and go to the View menu under Page Display. And I'll go ahead and return back to the single page view. But actually one more thing before I do that, is you could see that I have this option chosen that says show cover page in two page view. If I turn that off, now it's simply going to stack the pages side by side. So this would in fact be the cover, the first page, or maybe you would call that the inside front cover.
And then as I scroll down, I can see page three and the back cover. So, just a couple different ways that I can view my document and depending on the content you might want to change these settings under View Page Display to fit your particular need. So I'm going to go ahead and return to single page view, and the one other thing I wanted to show you is that I'm going to grab my Zoom to Selected Area tool and I'm going to zoom in. On this text here because I actually want to read the content of this text.
And I can do that by simply scrolling if I want to but a little feature that I really like about Actobat is that when I go to view and choose page display, I can choose this option called automatically scroll. And when I do that, it's going to automatically scroll my text, so that I can really just read and it's just going to continually scroll the text and move it up or down based on my settings. So, to control the speed if I hit the Up arrow on my keyboard, you'll notice that I'm slowing down the scrolling.
You're going to see some words do a crawl right now. But if I hit the Down arrow, each time I tap the Down arrow, it's going to speed up the display a little bit. Now, I personally can't read this fast. But if you can, you can increase that speed, as you can see, or I can hit the up arrow and that's going to decrease my speed. Okay, and when you're done reading it, you can simply come up here to the view menu, choose page display, and I'm just going to uncheck automatically scroll. Now those options can also be found in the toolbar if I simply right-click on the toolbar I can come down to page display and I can turn on all of these buttons that allow me to view these different page modes.
So there's a lot of things you can do, and if you find yourself constantly switching between those different page modes, you could for example, turn on the two page scrolling view, and that'll now add a button where I can change between my different page displays. So I'm going to go ahead and press control zero on windows or command zero on mac. And that will fit my document to my window and one last thing you can do is when you go to the view menu. You can actually turn on full screen mode. So I do that by going to the view menu, coming down to full screen mode and you'll see that this virtually eliminates the Acrobat 10 interface, and this is useful for presentations. It's also useful for documents when you don't really want to see Acrobat's interface, and I can use the right arrow key on my keyboard or the down arrow key on my keyboard to move forward on the document.
And the left arrow key or the up arrow key to move backwards in my document. so this is a nice way that you can view your document as well. I'm going to hit Escape, and then, one other option I want to show you, is, when you go to the View menu, you can also choose read mode. And what this does is it also primarily hides most of Acrobat 10's interface. But you'll notice now, you get this area down here that helps you to navigate through your pages, shows you the current page that you're on.
You can zoom in on the document and zoom out, and you can also print the document right from this little interface down here at the bottom. When you want to exit reading mode, you simply click the X, and that will take you back to the standard viewing mode inside of Acrobat 10. Chances are at some point when you've been viewing a PDF file you've noticed that the page display varies between different documents that you might have opened. Hopefully now you have a better understanding of each page display mode, and why you might want to change the page display when viewing various documents.
- Customizing Acrobat X
- Navigating and searching a PDF
- Creating a PDF from the Microsoft Office applications
- Creating a PDF from other applications
- Creating a PDF from a scanner, web page, or file
- Adding a watermark, header, or footer
- Basic PDF editing
- Combining multiple files into a single PDF
- Collaborating and sharing
- PDF security
- Working with PDF forms