Change Viewing Mode in Acrobat Creative Suite 5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Adobe Acrobat provides several viewing modes that control how the PDF document is displayed. Choose which viewing mode is used by choosing View→Page Display and selecting the viewing option you want.

The viewing modes are

  • Single Page: This mode displays only the current document page on-screen and doesn’t show any adjoining pages. When you scroll to the top or bottom of the current page, other pages aren’t visible at the same time as the current page.

  • Single Page Continuous: With this mode, you can see the current document page, and if you scroll to the top (or bottom) of the current page, the adjoining page is also visible. If you reduce your page viewing magnification, many document pages are visible.

  • Two-Up (previously known as Facing): Use this mode to see pages as a spread, where you can view both the left and right sides of adjoining pages at the same time. When you have multi-page documents, use this option to see the pages presented side-by-side in.

    As with the Single Page mode, other pages that go before or fall after the spread aren’t visible — only the one pair of pages is visible on-screen, regardless of the magnification or scrolling.

  • Two-Up Continuous (previously known as Continuous-Facing): If you have a document with many pages containing text or pictures on their adjoining pages, you can use this mode to scroll from one pair of visible pages to the next. When the Two-Up Continuous view is selected, you can see adjoining page spreads.

    This option is identical to the Two-Up option, but it also shows pages above or below the spread you’re presently viewing.

Here are a couple of useful hints for changing the defaults in the Two-Up view modes:

  • See the first page (cover) separately: Choose View→Page Display→Show Cover Page during Two-Up.

  • Change the space between pages: The default option is for Acrobat to display a space between pages that are displayed together in the Two-Up mode. You can replace the space with a dotted line to divide the adjoining pages by choosing View→Page Display→Show Gaps between Pages.

You can add viewing modes as menu buttons by choosing View→Toolbars→More Tools.

Acrobat has two additional options for changing your document display:

  • Full Screen mode (View→Full Screen Mode): You can use the Full Screen mode option to hide all menus, toolbars, and other parts of the Acrobat interface. This option is useful if you want to focus on the document being displayed, not the program being used to view it.

    If you’re viewing a document in the Full Screen mode, press the Esc key to return to the regular viewing mode.

    When using the Full Screen mode, you can select Edit→Preferences and choose Full Screen to define attributes that change the way the file displays. You can set the display to advance automatically from one page to the next at a certain interval, choose from many different page transition types, and define the background color.

    You can set a document to automatically open in Full Screen mode by choosing File→Properties and choosing this option from the Initial View panel of the Document Properties dialog box.

  • Reading mode (View→Reading Mode): The many toolbars and buttons of Acrobat can get in the way of the document you wish to review. Use Reading mode to temporarily hide all the toolbars and buttons, making it easier to focus on the content of the PDF file.