When opening a PDF with Acrobat or Reader, on Windows XP or Vista, the message

"Content Preparation Progress.Please wait while the document is being prepared for reading." Status: Processing page ___ of ____.

appears before the PDF opens.


1. Go to Edit > Preferences > Reading.

2. Under "Screen Reader Options" select "Only read the currently visible pages".

Background information

When setting up documents for reflow this message may be displayed. Changing the preference within Reading allows Acrobat to process the current page only.

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