Navigating PDF pages
- Acrobat User Guide
- Introduction to Acrobat
- Workspace basics
- Opening and viewing PDFs
- Working with online storage accounts
- Acrobat and macOS
- Acrobat notifications
- Grids, guides, and measurements in PDFs
- Asian, Cyrillic, and right-to-left text in PDFs
- Workspace basics
- Creating PDFs
- Editing PDFs
- Edit text in PDFs
- Edit images or objects in a PDF
- Rotate, move, delete, and renumber PDF pages
- Edit scanned PDFs
- Enhance document photos captured using a mobile camera
- Optimizing PDFs
- PDF properties and metadata
- Links and attachments in PDFs
- PDF layers
- Page thumbnails and bookmarks in PDFs
- Action Wizard (Acrobat Pro)
- PDFs converted to web pages
- Setting up PDFs for a presentation
- PDF articles
- Geospatial PDFs
- Applying actions and scripts to PDFs
- Change the default font for adding text
- Delete pages from a PDF
- Scan and OCR
- PDF forms basics
- Create a form from scratch in Acrobat
- Create and distribute PDF forms
- Fill in PDF forms
- PDF form field properties
- Fill and sign PDF forms
- Setting action buttons in PDF forms
- Publishing interactive PDF web forms
- PDF form field basics
- PDF barcode form fields
- Collect and manage PDF form data
- About forms tracker
- PDF forms help
- Send PDF forms to recipients using email or an internal server
- Combining files
- Combine or merge files into single PDF
- Rotate, move, delete, and renumber PDF pages
- Add headers, footers, and Bates numbering to PDFs
- Crop PDF pages
- Add watermarks to PDFs
- Add backgrounds to PDFs
- Working with component files in a PDF Portfolio
- Publish and share PDF Portfolios
- Overview of PDF Portfolios
- Create and customize PDF Portfolios
- Sharing, reviews, and commenting
- Share and track PDFs online
- Mark up text with edits
- Preparing for a PDF review
- Starting a PDF review
- Hosting shared reviews on SharePoint or Office 365 sites
- Participating in a PDF review
- Add comments to PDFs
- Adding a stamp to a PDF
- Approval workflows
- Managing comments | view, reply, print
- Importing and exporting comments
- Tracking and managing PDF reviews
- Saving and exporting PDFs
- Enhanced security setting for PDFs
- Securing PDFs with passwords
- Manage Digital IDs
- Securing PDFs with certificates
- Opening secured PDFs
- Removing sensitive content from PDFs
- Setting up security policies for PDFs
- Choosing a security method for PDFs
- Security warnings when a PDF opens
- Securing PDFs with Adobe Experience Manager
- Protected View feature for PDFs
- Overview of security in Acrobat and PDFs
- Attachments as security risks
- Allow or block links in PDFs
- Electronic signatures
- Accessibility, tags, and reflow
- Searching and indexing
- Multimedia and 3D models
- Add audio, video, and interactive objects to PDFs
- Adding 3D models to PDFs (Acrobat Pro)
- Displaying 3D models in PDFs
- Interacting with 3D models
- Measuring 3D objects in PDFs
- Setting 3D views in PDFs
- Enable 3D content in PDF
- Adding multimedia to PDFs
- Commenting on 3D designs in PDFs
- Playing video, audio, and multimedia formats in PDFs
- Add comments to videos
- Print production tools (Acrobat Pro)
- Preflight (Acrobat Pro)
- PDF/X-, PDF/A-, and PDF/E-compliant files
- Preflight profiles
- Advanced preflight inspections
- Preflight reports
- Viewing preflight results, objects, and resources
- Output intents in PDFs
- Correcting problem areas with the Preflight tool
- Automating document analysis with droplets or preflight actions
- Analyzing documents with the Preflight tool
- Additional checks in the Preflight tool
- Preflight libraries
- Preflight variables
- Color management
Opening pages in a PDF
Depending on the PDF you open, you have to move forward through multiple pages, see different parts of the page, or change the magnification. There are many ways to navigate, but the following items are commonly used:
Next and Previous:
The Next Page and Previous Page buttons appear in the Page Navigation toolbar. The text box next to them is also interactive, so you can type a page number and press Enter to go directly to that page.
Vertical and horizontal scroll bars appear to the right and bottom of the document pane whenever the view does not show the entire document. To view other pages or different areas of the page, click the arrows or drag.
Select & Zoom toolbar:
This toolbar contains buttons and controls for changing the page magnification.
Page Thumbnails panel:
The Page Thumbnails button on the left side of the work area opens the navigation pane to the Page Thumbnails panel, which displays thumbnail images of each page. To open that page in the document pane, click a page thumbnail.
If you do not see these items, choose View > Show/Hide > Toolbar Items > Reset Toolbars.
Page through a document
There are many ways to turn pages in a PDF. Many people use the buttons on the Page Navigation toolbar, but you can also use arrow keys, scroll bars, and other features to move forward and backward through a multipage PDF.
The Page Navigation toolbar opens by default. The default toolbar contains frequently used tools: the Show Next Page , Show Previous Page , and Page Number. Like all toolbars, the Page Navigation toolbar can be hidden and reopened by choosing it in the Toolbars menu under the View menu. You can display more tools on the Page Navigation toolbar by right-clicking the toolbar and choosing an individual tool, Show All Tools, or More Tools and then selecting and deselecting tools in the dialog box.
Move through a PDF
Do one of the following:
Click the Previous Page or Next Page button in the toolbar.
Choose View > Navigation > [location].
Choose View > Navigation > Go To Page, type the page number in the Go To Page dialog box and then click OK.
Press the Page Up and Page Down keys on the keyboard.
Jump to a specific page
Do one of the following:
From Single Page or Two-Up page display view, drag the vertical scroll bar until the page appears in the small pop-up display.
To replace the one currently displayed in the Page Navigation toolbar, type the page number and press Enter.
If the document page numbers are different from the actual page position in the PDF file, the page’s position within the file appears in parentheses after the assigned page number in the Page Navigation toolbar. For example, if you assign numbering for a file that is an 18-page chapter to begin with page 223, the number shown when the first page is active is 223 (1 of 18). You can turn off logical page numbers in the Page Display preferences. See Renumber pages and Preferences for viewing PDFs.
Jump to bookmarked pages
Bookmarks provide a table of contents and usually represent the chapters and sections in a document. Bookmarks appear in the navigation pane.
A. Bookmarks button B. Click to display bookmark options menu C. Expanded bookmark
Click the Bookmarks button, or choose View > Show/Hide > Navigation Panes > Bookmarks.
To jump to a topic, click the bookmark. Expand or collapse bookmark contents, as needed.Note:
Depending on how the bookmark was defined, clicking it does not take you to that location but performs some other action instead.
If the list of bookmarks disappears when you click a bookmark, click the Bookmarks button to display the list again. If you want to hide the Bookmarks button after you click a bookmark, select Hide After Use from the options menu.
Use page thumbnails to jump to specific pages
Page thumbnails provide miniature previews of document pages. You can use thumbnails in the Page Thumbnails panel to change the display of pages and to go to other pages. The red page-view box in the page thumbnail indicates which area of the page appears. You can resize this box to change the zoom percentage.
To display the Page Thumbnails panel, click the Page Thumbnails button or choose View > Show/ Hide > Navigation Panes > Page Thumbnails
To jump to another page, click its thumbnail.
Automatically scroll through a document
Automatic scrolling advances your view of the PDF at a steady rate, moving vertically down the document. If you interrupt the process by using the scroll bars to move back or forward to another page or position, automatic scrolling continues from that point forward. At the end of the PDF, automatic scrolling stops and does not begin again until you choose automatic scrolling again.
Choose View > Display Options > Automatically Scrolling.
Press Esc to stop scrolling.
Retrace your viewing path
You can find PDF pages that you viewed earlier by retracing your viewing path. It’s helpful to understand the difference between previous and next pages and previous and next views.
- Previous and next pages refer to two adjacent pages, before and after the currently active page.
- Previous and next view refer to your viewing history. For example, if you jump forward and backward in a document, your viewing history retraces those steps, showing you the pages you viewed in the reverse order that you viewed them.
Choose View > Navigation > Previous View .
To continue seeing another part of your path, do either of the following:
Repeat step 1.
Choose View > Navigation > Next View .
You can make the Previous View button and Next View button available in the toolbar area by right-clicking the Page Navigation toolbar and choosing them on the context menu, or choosing Show All Tools.
Navigate with links
Links can take you to another location in the current document, to other PDF documents, or to websites. Clicking a link can also open file attachments and play 3D content, movies, and sound clips. To play these media clips, you must have the appropriate hardware and software installed.
The person who created the PDF document determines what links look like in the PDF.
Unless a link was created in Acrobat using the Link tool, you must have the Create Links From URLs option selected in the General preferences for a link to work correctly.
Choose the Select tool.
Position the pointer over the linked area on the page until the pointer changes to the hand with a pointing finger. A plus sign (+) or a w appears within the hand if the link points to the web. Then click the link.
PDFs with file attachments
If you open a PDF that has one or more attached files, the Attachments panel automatically opens, listing the attached files. You can open these files for viewing, edit the attachments, and save your changes, as permitted by the document authors.
If you move the PDF to a new location, the attachments automatically move with it.
In PDFs, articles are optional electronic threads that the PDF author defines within that PDF. Articles lead readers through the PDF content, jumping over pages or areas of the page that are not included in the article. It is the same way that you skim through a traditional newspaper or magazine, following one specific story and ignoring the rest. When you read an article, the page view zooms in or out so that the current part of the article fills the screen.
Open and navigate an article thread
Click the Hand tool on the Common Tools toolbar.
To open the Articles panel, choose View > Show/ Hide > Navigation Panes > ArticlesNote:
You cannot open the Articles panel if you are viewing the PDF inside a web browser. Instead, open the PDF in Acrobat.
To go to the beginning of that article, double-click the Article icon. The icon changes to the Follow Article pointer .Note:
If the Articles panel is blank, then the author has not defined any article threads for this PDF.
With the article thread open, do any of the following:
To scroll through the article one pane at a time, press Enter or click in the article.
To scroll backward through the article one pane at a time, Shift-click in the article, or press Shift+Enter.
To go to the beginning of the article, Ctrl-click within the article.
At the end of the article, click in the article again.
The previous page view is restored, and the pointer changes to the End Article pointer .
Exit a thread before the end of the article
Make sure that the Hand tool is selected.
Shift+Ctrl-click the page.
The previous page view is restored.