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ADOBE® READER® (VIEWING PDFs)

Viewing Adobe PDF Documents (part 1)

Main Toolbar

The Adobe Reader toolbar appears whether a PDF document is opened within a browser or within the Adobe Reader application (separate from the browser), and can be customized by you. Below is an image of the basic toolbar that appears after initial installation.

basic toolbar for Adobe Reader

The following table explains each button on the toolbar image above:

Toolbar button Button meaning
save button Saves a copy of the currently opened PDF document to the location of your choice.
print button Displays the Print window where you can select which pages to print.
email button Creates a new e-mail message in your mail software (i.e. Microsoft Outlook) and attaches the PDF document to it.
search button Searches the current PDF document (or others) for a word or phrase.

hand tool button

hand tool changes to hand with W on it when over link

Allows you to move the page by clicking the left mouse button on the page and dragging it up or down.

In addition, the tool can change into a hand with a W on it when the hand is placed over a hyperlink in the document. When this happens you can click the link to open the target document or Web page. Note: if the author of the document did not choose to create the hyperlinks, the tool will not change and you cannot click the hypertext link.

select text tool button
Allows you to select text and copy it to another application (i.e. Microsoft Word). Note: not all PDF documents allow you to choose text.
select image tool button Allows you to select images and copy them to another application (i.e. Microsoft Word). Note: not all PDF documents allow you to choose images.
snapshot button Selecting a region or area is easy with the snapshot tool — simply drag a box around the area you want to copy.
zoom in tool button Allows you to zoom in (enlarge) an area of the document by clicking that area with the mouse cursor (which now looks like a magnifying glass with a plus sign on it).
zoom out tool button Allows you to zoom out (reduce) an area of the document by clicking that area with the mouse cursor (which now looks like a magnifying glass with a minus sign on it).
view actual size button Resizes the pages to display them at their actual size.
view fit page button Resizes the pages to display them to fit each page on your display window.
view fit width button Resizes the pages to display them to fit the width of the display window.
zoom in and out by percentage tool Resizes the pages to display them at the percentage chosen from the drop-down menu (compared to the actual size), or by a positive or negative amount if the minus sign or plus sign is clicked.
rotate page clockwise button Rotates the pages clockwise 90 degrees.
rotate page counter clockwise button Rotates the pages counter-clockwise 90 degrees.

 

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Last updated: June 23, 2011