For common keyboard shortcuts you can use with Windows, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449.

Note:

This document provides instructions for Acrobat DC. If you're using Acrobat Reader DC, see What can I do with Adobe Reader. If you're using Acrobat XI, see Acrobat XI Help.

Keys for selecting tools

To enable single-key shortcuts, open the Preferences dialog box (Edit > Preferences), and under General, select the Use Single-Key Accelerators To Access Tools option.

Tool

Windows/UNIX action

Mac OS action

Hand tool

H

H

Temporarily select Hand tool

Spacebar

Spacebar

Select tool

V

V

Marquee Zoom tool

Z

Z

Cycle through zoom tools: Marquee Zoom,Dynamic Zoom, Loupe

Shift+Z

Shift+Z

Temporarily select Dynamic Zoom tool (when Marquee Zoom tool is selected)

Shift

Shift

Temporarily zoom out (when Marquee Zoom tool is selected)

Ctrl

Option

Temporarily select Zoom In tool

Ctrl+spacebar

Spacebar+Command

Select Object tool

R

R

Edit Object tool

O

O

Enter/Exit Forms editing

A

A

Crop tool

C

C

Link tool

L

L

Text Field tool

F

F

Cycle through tools in forms authoring mode: Text Field, Check Box, Radio Button, List Box, Dropdown Box, Button, Digital Signature, Barcode

Shift+F

Shift+F

3D tool

M

M

Cycle through Multimedia tools: 3D object, SWF, Sound, Video

Shift+M

Shift+M

Edit Document Text tool

T

T

Redaction

Shift+Y

Shift+Y

Cycle through Touch Up tools: Touch Up Text, Touch Up Reading Order, Touch Up Object

Shift+T

Shift+T

JavaScript Debugger

Ctrl+J

Command+J

Insert Blank Pages tool

Shift+Ctrl+T

Shift+Command+T

Insert Files

Ctrl+Shift+I

 

Shift+Command+I

Delete pages

Ctrl+Shift+D

 

Shift+Command+D

Open Output Preview

~

~

Touch Up Reading Order tool (or if already selected, return focus to dialog box)

Shift+Ctrl+U

Shift+Command+U

Keys for working with comments

To enable single-key shortcuts, open the Preferences dialog box (Edit > Preferences), and under General, select the Use Single-Key Accelerators To Access Tools option.

Result

Windows/UNIX Action

Mac OS Action

Sticky Note tool

S

S

Text Edits tool

E

E

Stamp tool

K

K

Current highlighting tool

U

U

Cycle through highlighting tools: Highlighter,Underline Text, Cross Out Text

Shift+U (Windows only)

Shift+U

Current drawing markup tool

D

D

Cycle through drawing markup tools: Cloud, Arrow, Line, Rectangle, Oval, Polygon Line, Polygon, Pencil Tool, Eraser Tool

Shift+D (Windows only)

Shift+D

Cloud tool

Q (Windows only)

Q

Text Box tool

X

X

Current Stamp or Attach tool

J

J

Cycle through Stamp, Attach File, Record Audio Comment

Shift+J

Shift+J

Move focus to next comment or form field

Tab

Tab

Move focus to previous comment or form field

Shift+Tab

Shift+Tab

Open pop-up note (or text field in Comments List) for comment that has focus

Enter

Return

Closes pop-up (or text field in Comments List) for comment that has focus

Esc

Esc

Keys for navigating a PDF

Result

Windows/UNIX Action

Mac OS Action

Previous screen

Page Up or Shift+Enter

Page Up or Shift+Return

Next screen

Page Down or Enter

Page Down or Return

First page

Home or Shift+Ctrl+Page Up or Shift+Ctrl+Up Arrow

Home or Shift+Command+Up Arrow

Last page

End or Shift+Ctrl+Page Down or Shift+Ctrl+Down Arrow

End or Shift+Command+Down Arrow

Previous page

Left Arrow or Ctrl+Page Up

Left Arrow or Command+Page Up

Next page

Right Arrow or Ctrl+Page Down

Right Arrow or Command+Page Down

Previous open document

Ctrl+F6 (UNIX)

Command+F6

Next open document

Shift+Ctrl+F6 (UNIX)

Shift+Command+F6

Scroll up

Up Arrow

Up Arrow

Scroll down

Down Arrow

Down Arrow

Scroll (when Hand tool is selected)

Spacebar

Spacebar

Zoom in

Ctrl+equal sign

Command+equal sign

Zoom out

Ctrl+hyphen

Command+hyphen

Keys for working with Forms

To enable single-key shortcuts, open the Preferences dialog box (Edit > Preferences), and under General, select the Use Single-Key Accelerators To Access Tools option.

Result

Windows/UNIX Action

Mac OS Action

Toggle between editing and previewing your form P P
Toggle Guides On / Off G G
Align selected fields left L L
Align selected fields right R R
Align selected fields top T T
Align selected fields bottom B B
Align selected fields horizontal H H
Align selected fields vertical V V
Center fields horizontally Shift+H Shift+H
Center fields vertically Shift+V Shift+V
Highlight fields Shift+L Shift+L
Show Tab Order Shift+N Shift+N
Document JavaScripts Shift+D Shift+D

Keys for working with PDF Portfolios

These keys are available in the files list of the Details pane.

Result

Windows Action

Mac OS Action

Move focus to the next or previous row when in the body of the file list on the left

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

If pressed in the body of the file list, navigate one level up from within a folder

Backspace

Delete

Press the Go Back button in a folder if focus is on the button.

Enter or Spacebar

Enter or Spacebar

If pressed when focus is on a row in the file list representing a subfolder, navigate to a subfolder, or open an attachment in Preview mode.

Enter

Enter

If in the body of the file list, move to the first or last row

Home or End

Home or End

If in the body of the file list, move to the next or last set of rows to fit the screen

Page Down or Page Up

Page Down or Page Up

Select or deselect all files

Ctrl+A or Shift+Ctrl+A

Command+A or Shift+Command+A

If in the body of the file list, extend the selection by adding the next row above or below the selected row

Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow

Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow

Change whether the row with focus is in the selection

Ctrl+Spacebar

Command+Spacebar

Move focus up or down one row without changing the selection

Ctrl+Up Arrow or Ctrl+Down Arrow

Command+Up Arrow or Command+Down Arrow

Keys for navigating task panes

Result

Windows Action

Mac OS Action

Move focus to the next item among Document pane, Task panes, Message bar, and Navigation bar

F6

F6

Move focus to the previous item among Document pane, Task panes, message bar, and Navigation bar

Shift+F6

Shift+F6

Move focus to the next panel in the Task pane

Ctrl+Tab

Option +Tab

Move focus to the previous panel in the Task pane

Ctrl+Shift+Tab

Command+ Shift+Tab

Navigate to the next panel and panel control within an open Task pane

Tab

Tab

Navigate to the previous panel and panel control within an open Task pane

Shift+Tab

Shift+Tab

Navigate to the next command button within a panel

Down Arrow

Down Arrow

Navigate to the previous command button within a panel

Up Arrow

Up Arrow

Expand or collapse panel in focus (press F6 to move focus to Tools pane, then tab to desired panel)

Spacebar or Enter

Spacebar or Enter

Open or close the Task pane

Shift+F4

Shift+F4

Close the pane that lists the tasks of an Action

Ctrl+Shift+F4

Ctrl+Shift+F4

Open the menu and move the focus to the first menu option when focus is on a command with a submenu or submenu element with a flyout

Spacebar or Enter

Spacebar or Enter

Move the focus back to the parent command button with a submenu or submenu element with a flyout

Esc

Esc

Run the command in focus

Spacebar or Enter

Spacebar or Enter

Navigate to the next item in the active panel in the Create New Action, Edit Action, Create Custom Tool, or the Edit Custom Tool dialog boxes

Tab

Tab

Navigate to the previous item in the active panel in the Create New Action, Edit Action, Create Custom Tool, or the Edit Custom Tool dialog boxes

Shift+Tab

Shift+Tab

Keys for general navigating

Result

Windows/UNIX Action

Mac OS Action

Move focus to menus (Windows, UNIX); expand first menu item (UNIX)

F10

Control+F2

Move focus to toolbar in browser and application

(In application, sets focus to the first button in the top bar - Home)

Shift+F8 Shift+F8
Navigate through the other controls in the top bar - Home, Tools, Document Right/Left Arrow or Tab/Shift Tab Right/Left Arrow or Tab/Shift Tab
Select a highlighted control in the top bar Enter or Spacebar Return or Spacebar
Move to next open document tab (when multiple documents are open in same window) Ctrl+Tab Control+Tab
Move to previous open document tab (when multiple documents are open in same window) Ctrl+Shift+Tab Control+Shift+Tab

Move to next open document window (when focus is on document pane)

Ctrl+F6

Command+F6

Move to previous open document window (when focus is on document pane)

Ctrl+Shift+F6

Command+Shift+F6

Close current document

Ctrl+F4

Command+F4

Close all open documents

Not available

Command+Option+W

Move focus to next comment, link, or form field in the document pane

Tab

Tab

Move focus to document pane

F5

F5

Move focus to previous comment, link, or form field in the document pane

Shift+Tab

Shift+Tab

Activate selected tool, item (such as a movie clip or bookmark), or command

Spacebar or Enter

Spacebar or Return

Open context menu

Shift+F10

Control+click

Close context menu

F10

Esc

Return to Hand tool or Select tool

Esc

Esc

Move focus to next tab in a tabbed dialog box

Ctrl+Tab

Not available

Move to previous search result and highlight it in the document

Shift + F3 or

Ctrl + Shift + G

Shift + Command + G

Move to next search result and highlight it in the document

F3 or

Ctrl + G

Command + G

Search previous document (with Search results displaying multiple files)

Alt+Shift+Left Arrow (Windows only)

Command+Shift+Left Arrow

Search next document (with Search results displaying multiple files)

Alt+Shift+Right Arrow (Windows only)

Command+Shift+Right Arrow

Select text (with Select tool selected)

Shift+arrow keys

Shift+arrow keys

Select next word or deselect previous word (with Select tool selected)

Shift+Ctrl+Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Not available

Keys for working with navigation panels

Result

Windows/UNIX Action

Mac OS Action

Open and move focus to navigation pane

Ctrl+Shift+F5

Command+Shift+F5

Move focus among the document, message bar, and navigation panels

F6

F6

Move focus to previous pane or panel

Shift+F6

Shift+F6

Move among the elements of the active navigation panel

Tab

Tab

Move to previous or next navigation panel and make it active (when focus is on the panel button)

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Move to next navigation panel and make it active (when focus is anywhere in the navigation pane)

Ctrl+Tab

Not available

Expand the current bookmark (focus on Bookmarks panel)

Right Arrow or Shift+plus sign

Right Arrow or Shift+plus sign

Collapse the current bookmark (focus on Bookmarks panel)

Left Arrow or minus sign

Left Arrow or minus sign

Expand all bookmarks

Shift+*

Shift+*

Collapse selected bookmark

Forward Slash (/)

Forward Slash (/)

Move focus to next item in a navigation panel

Down Arrow

Down Arrow

Move focus to previous item in a navigation panel

Up Arrow

Up Arrow

Keys for navigating the Help window

Result

Windows/UNIX Action

Mac OS Action

Open Help window

F1

F1 or Command+?

Close Help window

Ctrl+W (Windows only) or Alt+F4

Command+W

Move back to previously opened topic

Alt+Left Arrow

Command+Left Arrow

Move forward to next topic

Alt+Right Arrow

Command+Right Arrow

Move to next pane

Ctrl+Tab

See Help for your default browser

Move to previous pane

Shift+Ctrl+Tab

See Help for your default browser

Move focus to the next link within a pane

Tab

Not available

Move focus to the previous link within a pane

Shift+Tab

Not available

Activate highlighted link

Enter

Not available

Print Help topic

Ctrl+P

Command+P

Keys for accessibility

Result

Windows Action

Mac OS Action

Change reading settings for the current document

Shift+Ctrl+5

Shift+Command+5

Reflow a tagged PDF, and return to unreflowed view

Ctrl+4

Command+4

Activate and deactivate Read Out Loud

Shift+Ctrl+Y

Shift+Command+Y

Read only the current page out loud

Shift+Ctrl+V

Shift+Command+V

Read out loud from the current page to the end of the document

Shift+Ctrl+B

Shift+Command+B

Pause reading out loud

Shift+Ctrl+C

Shift+Command+C

Stop reading out loud

Shift+Ctrl+E

Shift+Command+E

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