Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video zoom tools, part of Acrobat 7 Essential Training.
Now let's take a look at some of the zoom tools or magnifications tools that are available to us in Acrobat 7. Being able to zoom in and out of your document and to move it around on screen quickly is an essential skill to help you move around efficiently within your PDF document. So let's take a look at some of these tools that are available to us. First of all, I am going to take a look at the zoom tools up here in my toolbar just by putting my cursor again over that hash mark. You can see these are the zoom tools right here. I can yank those off so you can see what they look like. Now I'll just put those back because I prefer them up there.
I'd like to start just with the magnification area here. You can see currently I'm viewing this document at 99% of it's size; and if I click on the little arrow next to that, you can see that I can choose from a whole series of preset magnification levels here all the way from 8.33% to be ridiculously small up to 6400% to be ridiculously large. Let's go back to 100% for now. Now as a general rule you probably won't be choosing the view of your document with this percentage picker right here because depending on the size of your monitor and the resolution you have it set at, 100% could mean different things.
I'm currently viewing at 10.4 X 768 on a 19-inch monitor and viewing this at 100% doesn't really tell me anything. Much more useful to you are going to be these sizes down below the little divider line. We have things like fit page, actual size, fit width, and fit visible. Fit page simply means it will take the entire page and make sure that it just fits all within your document pane. So you can see I just dropped it to 99% there. Actual size gives you again 100%. Again, that's something that you probably won't choose to often.
We have fit width here, which as you might imagine fits in the entire width of the document. Makes it a lot easier read a vertical page like this by making sure the entire width of the document will fit within your document window, and as you are reading down through here, you can then just scroll to read along the page. Another option we have here is fit visible, which at first glance looks very similar to fit width; but you noticed it did zoom in a little bit more and what happens here is Acrobat can detect some of the empty spaces, the blank margins around the document, and it just fits the visible area of the page into the document window.
So you'll probably be choosing fit page and fit width a lot and Adobe kind of knew this, which is why we have these buttons here. So instead of coming to the menu we have our actual size button, our fit page button, and our fit width button. So this is just a really quick way to choose the different magnifications that you can view your document in. Now we also have these minus and plus buttons here. So minus will take us down in incremental steps. Plus will take us up in incremental steps. But again, I find it so much easier just to use these buttons over here.
I use fit page all the time and fit width all the time always toggling between those two when I am reading a PDF document or just working with it. Now also included in this tool bar is a magnification tool here called the zoom in tool. Now if I were to click on that. Let me just do my fit page here and just let me just find an illustration. Say right here. You can use this tool in two different ways. Notice when I bring the cursor into my document it now looks like the zoom in tool. It has a plus sign indicating that it is the zoom in tool. The first way I can use it is to just place it over the area I want to zoom in on and click, and as I click, you can see it just keeps getting bigger ans so on and so on.
We'll do fit page again. Now the other way to use this tool is to draw a marquee or a rectangle around the area we want to zoom in on. So let's say I wanted to zoom in on the watch that the rabbit is holding. I can just take my zoom tool, hold down, and draw a rectangle around that watch and when I release you can see it really zooms in just on that area. It doesn't look all that great but you can see it got the job done. Let me go back to my actual size here. Now the magnification tool or the zoom in tool does have this black triangle next to it indicating that there are more tools hidden within that particular tool.
If you notice that in addition to the zoom in tool, we also have the zoom out tool; and as you might imagine, there's a little minus sign there just by clicking I zoom out from the page like so. You can also drag and zoom out that way. You can see how tiny it made that. So let me go back here. So by going between the zoom in tool and the zoom out tool, I can zoom in and zoom out. Now it is kind of a pain to have the zoom tool selected and one sized too much.
Instead of coming all the way back up to the tool bar to choose the zoom out tool, there is a keyboard shortcut for this. I am going to hold down the Option Key on my Mac, notice that it turns the-I am going to move it up here so that you can see it better, it turns the plus symbol into the minus symbol temporarily. On the PC this would be the Control Key on your keyboard. So holding down either key or option will turn the zoom in tool into the zoom out tool. So just by holding that down and clicking, I can zoom back out like so and once again I release and I have the zoom in tool again.
These keyboard shortcuts are good to know. For instance, if I am zoomed in a little bit more, let's go back in here, to move my document around while I'm zoomed in instead of using the scroll bars here, like this that I was trying to find a particular location on my page, I would just grab the hand tool and using the hand tool here I can click, hold down notice it turns into like a little grabby fist there, and I can just drag the page around like so. So if I wanted a quick jump to my zoom in or zoom out tools here with the hand tool selected on the Mac I can hold down Command and Space and notice it turns my cursor into the zoom in tool.
If you're on the PC, you would hold down Control and Space. So with these two buttons held down, I can click - zooms it right in. If I want to zoom back out without going up and selecting the zoom out tool, on the Mac I would hold down Command, Space, Option all three of those buttons and click out like so. And, if you're on the PC it would be Control, Space, Alt. to get the zoom out tool. So those are some keyboard shortcuts to keep in mind. One other one that you might want to remember is if you have one of the zoom tools selected and you just want to get the hand tool temporarily hold down the spacebar.
So once I release the spacebar it goes back to my zoom tool. So those are just some keyboard shortcuts for you. Now we do have some other zoom tools available to us here. The next one is called the dynamic zoom and this is kind of a neat tool that was introduced in Acrobat 6. If you look closely at this particular cursor, you'll notice there is a plus and a minus sign inside the magnifying glass icon and next to the plus sign is an up pointing arrow and next to the minus sign is a down pointing arrow. This means if I want to zoom in, I click and hold and drag up.
If I want to zoom out, I drag down like so. So this is a really useful tool if you just want to quickly zoom in and out of your document. And, again, I can hold down the spacebar if I want to temporarily get the hand tool and once I release I have the zoom, I have the dynamic zoom tool available to me again. The hand tool, the zoom in tool, the zoom out tool, and the dynamic zoom tool are available to you in Acrobat 7 Professional, Standard, and in Adobe Reader.
If you do have Acrobat Professional, you have two more zoom tools available to you that aren't available in Reader or Standard. The first one is the loop tool. We'll go and select that. If you are familiar with photography, the loop tool is that little magnifying glass you can use to look at your contact sheets to blow them up a little bit. So this is useful if I am looking at a page and I want to get a detail of a particular area on that page. Let's pick another picture for variety's sake here. We'll just go with this picture here. Now with the loop tool selected notice my cursor looks like this little cross-hair.
If I find an area I want to zoom in on, say right here, I am going to click and notice that a loop tool window appears. That shows me in this case a 349% blow up of the area that I just clicked on. If you look you can see that little rectangle indicating the area where I clicked. In the loop tool window I can drag this slide here to zoom way in on it, and you see this rectangle, this changed to show me the exact area of the larger picture that I'm looking at. The loop tool allows me to get a good detailed look at a particular area of the page while still being able to see the entire page as a whole, and I can come in here and move this around if I wanted to look at other areas.
Or come back in here and zoom back out a little bit like so and you'll see that the rectangle here changes accordingly and that's the loop tool. Now sort of the opposite of the loop tool is the pan and zoom window. Let me open that one up. This shows me a thumbnail of the page that I'm looking at so if I were to drag this rectangle in here notice this red rectangle indicates the area of the page that I'm looking at. So unlike the loop tool where I see the entire page as it stands and the document pane and the blow up in the pop-up window, when I'm using the pan and zoom window, I see this tiny little thumbnail here and what I change in here changes what I see in the main document window.
You can actually use the pan and zoom and the loop tool in conjunction with each other if you wanted to for some reason. So here I have a large variety of the different ways I can look at my document. The pan and zoom window tells me that within this red rectangle is what I'm currently seeing in my main document pane. The loop tool is giving me a larger detail of what I'm seeing over here. In this case a barely large detail of what I am seeing where the blue rectangle is, but if I were to zoom in a little bit more, I could do that. So these are just different ways of looking at your document examining different portions of your document.
Once again the loop tool and the pan and zoom window are only available in Acrobat Professional. For general purposes, you'll probably be fine with just using the zoom in, zoom out, and dynamic zoom tools when you need to go in and out of your page.