Adobe Reader Help - Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators

Adobe Reader Help - Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators
Using Help
About the built-in help features
Using Help for vision- and motor-impaired users
Opening the Help documentation
Using the How To pages
About the built-in help features
Adobe® Reader® 7.0 offers many built-in features to assist you while you work, including
the Help window you're using right now:
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Help documentation.
How To pages. (See Using the How To pages.)
Tool tips, which identify the various buttons, tools, and controls in the work area by name.
These labels appear when you place the pointer over the item you want to identify. Tool
tips are also available in some dialog boxes.
Help buttons in some dialog boxes. When you click these Help buttons, the Help window
opens with the related topic.
You can also consult online resources. Choosing Help > Online Support leads to links for
software downloads, product information, support documents, and more. The Help menu
also contains links to various online resources and references.
Note: There is no printed user manual for this product. Overviews, explanations,
descriptions, and procedures are included in Help.
Using Help for vision- and motor-impaired users
Vision- and motor-impaired users can use the Accessibility Setup Assistant to change how
PDF documents appear on-screen and are handled by a screen reader, screen magnifier, or
other assistive technology. The first time you start Adobe Reader, the Accessibility Setup
Assistant starts if Adobe Reader detects that assistive technology is running on your
system. (See Setting accessibility preferences.)
Single-key accelerators and keyboard shortcuts make document navigation simpler. Some
of the more common keyboard shortcuts are described here. For a complete list of
keyboard shortcuts, see About keyboard shortcuts. For additional information on how
Adobe products enhance electronic document accessibility, visit the Adobe website at
http://access.adobe.com.
To activate single-key accelerators:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows®) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
click General on the left.
2. Select Use Single-Key Accelerators To Access Tools.
3. Click OK to apply the change.
To open the How To window:
Press Shift+F4.
To close the How To window:
Do one of the following:
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(Windows) Press Shift+F4 or Esc.
(Mac OS) Click the Close button.
To open or close Adobe Reader Help:
Do one of the following:
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To open Help, press F1. In Mac OS, you can also press Command+?.
To close Help, press Ctrl+W or Alt+F4 (Windows), or click the Close button.
Click the Search or Index tab to use that feature. In Windows, press Ctrl+Tab to cycle
forward through the tabs, or press Shift+Ctrl+Tab to cycle backward through the tabs.
Press F6 to move between the document pane and the navigation pane. In the Index tab,
you can type an entry into the Select Index Entry text box. The list scrolls to the first
match to the text string you type. Click a link to go to that topic.
Opening the Help documentation
Adobe Reader 7.0 includes complete, built-in documentation in a fully accessible Help system. The
Help documentation provides explanations about the tools, commands, concepts, processes, and
keyboard shortcuts. You can print individual Help topics as needed. (See Printing Help topics.)
Adobe Reader 7.0 Help opens in a separate window with two panes: a navigation pane on the left and a
topic pane on the right. You use the tabs in the navigation pane to find the topics you want to read. For
example, you click the Contents tab to show the list of topics available in Help. You click a title in the
list to open that topic in the topic pane. For more information on using the Contents, Search, and Index
panels, see Using the Help navigation pane to find topics.
Adobe Reader 7.0 Help A. Contents, Search, and Index tabs in the Help navigation pane B. Help topic pane
You can drag the vertical bar between the navigation pane and the topic pane to change their widths.
You can drag the lower right corner to resize the entire window. The Help window remains visible until
you close it.
To open Help:
Choose Help > Adobe Reader Help.
To close Help:
Click the Close button.
There are many keyboard shortcuts to help you navigate the Help. (See About keyboard
shortcuts.)
Related Subtopics:
Using the Help navigation pane to find topics
Navigating your Help-session history
Printing Help topics
Using the Help navigation pane to find topics
The Help window opens with the Contents tab selected in the navigation pane.
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Click the Contents tab to view the Help topics organized by subject matter, as in the table
of contents of a book. You can click the icons to the left of the topics to collapse or
expand the outline. Click a topic name to that topic in the topic pane.
Click the Search tab to find a specific word in Help. Type the word in the text box, and
click Search. The results list shows the titles of all topics in which the search word
appears. Topics are listed in the order that they appear on the Contents tab.
Note: You cannot use Boolean operators (such as AND, OR, NOT, or quotation marks) to
limit or refine your search. If you type more than one word, the search results include
every topic in which at least one of the words appears.
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Click the Index tab to find a linked, alphabetical list of terms for various functions,
features, and concepts. You can browse the index in two ways. You can click the controls
(+ or -) to expand or collapse the entries under a letter of the alphabet, scroll to the term
you want, and click a link. Or you can type an entry into the Select Index Entry text box.
The list scrolls to the first match to the text string you type. Click a link to go to that topic.
Navigating your Help-session history
The Help system maintains a history of your Help session so that you can go back and
forth quickly among the topics you open.
Click the Previous Topic button
on the Help toolbar to return to topics you opened
to move forward again.
earlier in your Help session. Click the Next Topic button
When you close Help, you end your Help session and delete your Help history.
Printing Help topics
You can print any individual topic from the Help documentation.
Each topic must be printed individually. You can't print multiple topics at a time or entire
sections of Help.
To print a Help topic:
1. Open the Help topic.
2. Click the Print Topic button
on the Help toolbar.
Using the How To pages
The How To pages supplement Adobe Reader Help by presenting overviews of some
topics. The How To window appears on the right side of the document pane and never
blocks the view of your open document.
There are many keyboard shortcuts to help you navigate the How To pages. (See
About keyboard shortcuts.)
To open the How To window:
Do one of the following:
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Choose Help > How To > [topic].
Choose a topic from a How To menu in the toolbar.
To close the How To window:
Do one of the following:
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(Windows) Click the Hide button.
(Mac OS) Click the Close button.
(Mac OS) Control-click the How To toolbar (under the title bar), and choose Hide.
To reposition the How To window:
In Windows, right-click the How To title bar, and choose either Docked Left or Docked
Right.
In Mac OS, do any of the following:
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Control-click the How To toolbar (under the title bar), and choose either Docked Left or
Docked Right.
Drag the title bar of the How To window to the opposite side of the Adobe Reader
window.
You can change the width of the How To window by dragging the separator bar. The
vertical dimension adjusts to match any changes you make to the document pane.
To navigate through the How To pages:
Use the Back button
and the Forward button
in the How To window to navigate
among the pages you've viewed in your current session.
ADOBE READER ESSENTIALS
What's the difference between Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader?
About Adobe PDF documents with additional usage rights
Viewing document properties
Updating Adobe Reader
What's the difference between Adobe Acrobat and Adobe
Reader?
Adobe® Acrobat® and Adobe Reader are separate applications that let you open and view
documents created in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). However, Adobe Acrobat
lets you create PDF documents, add bookmarks and comments, change security settings,
and edit PDF documents in other ways. Adobe Reader is free software that lets you open
and view any PDF document.
There are two versions of Adobe Reader. The basic version contains a smaller set of
features to allow for fast downloading, while the full version of Adobe Reader includes a
broader version set, including the ability to search PDF files, play back embedded media
clips, and support Digital Editions. Both versions of Adobe Reader are available from the
Adobe web site (www.adobe.com) at no cost.
Related Subtopics:
Viewing PDF documents on the desktop or in a browser
Viewing PDF documents on the desktop or in a browser
You can open PDF documents in two different ways. One way is to open the PDF
documents directly in the Adobe Reader application on your desktop. Another way is to
open a PDF document that is posted on the Internet in your web browser. When you open
a PDF document in your web browser, Adobe Reader tools appear within the web
browser. You can change preference settings to determine whether PDF documents on the
web are opened in Adobe Reader on your desktop or in a web browser. (See Viewing
Adobe PDF documents in a web browser.)
To determine whether web-based PDF documents are opened within a browser:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
then click Internet.
2. Select Display PDF In Browser to open PDF documents on the web within the browser.
Deselect this option if you want web-based PDF documents to open in Adobe Reader, not
the browser.
About Adobe PDF documents with additional usage rights
Adobe Reader is free software that lets you open and view Adobe PDF documents. In
most PDF documents, adding review comments requires Adobe Acrobat. However, you
can add review comments in Adobe Reader if the PDF document includes additional
usage rights. The Document Status dialog box indicates whether Comment & Markup
features are enabled. The author of the PDF document determines whether the document
includes additional usage rights.
To view additional usage rights in a PDF document:
Open a PDF document with additional usage rights, and do one of the following:
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View the rights in the yellow Document Message Bar just below the toolbars.
Choose Document Status from the document pane pop-up menu in the upper right corner.
To hide or show the Document Message Bar:
Open a PDF document with additional usage rights, and do one of the following:
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To hide the Document Message Bar, move the pointer over the horizontal bar that
separates the Document Message Bar from the document pane. Drag the bar up to the
toolbar when the pointer icon changes to the Double Arrow icon.
To show the Document Message Bar, move the pointer over the horizontal bar that
separates the toolbar from the document pane. Drag the bar down when the pointer icon
changes to the Double Arrow icon.
Viewing document properties
When you view a PDF document, you can get information on the file, such as the title, the
fonts used, and security settings. Some of this information is generated when the PDF
document is created, and some can added by the person who created the document. In
Adobe Reader, you can view, but not edit, document properties.
To get information on the current document:
1. Choose File > Document Properties, or choose Document Properties from the document
pane menu, which is located just above the vertical scroll bar.
2. Select a tab in the Document Properties dialog box:
● Description. (See Description document property settings.)
● Security. The Security panel describes what activities, if any, are not allowed. (See
Viewing the security settings of PDF documents.)
● Fonts. The Fonts panel lists the fonts and the font types used in the original document, and
the fonts, font types, and encoding used to display the original fonts. If substitute fonts are
used and you aren't satisfied with their appearance, you may want to install the original
fonts on your system or ask the document creator to re-create the document with the
original fonts embedded in it.
● Advanced. (See Advanced document property settings.)
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Description document property settings
Advanced document property settings
Description document property settings
The Description panel shows basic information about the document. The title, author,
subject, and keywords may have been set by the person who created the document in the
source application, such as Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign®, or by the person who
created the PDF document. In Adobe Reader, you cannot add to or edit this document
information.
You can search for these description items in Adobe Reader to find particular documents.
The Keywords section can be particularly useful for narrowing searches. (See About
searching text.) Note that many search engines use the title to describe the document in
their search results list. If a PDF file does not have a title, the file name appears in the
results list instead. A file's title is not necessarily the same as its file name.
The Advanced group box shows which PDF version the document is created in, the page
size, number of pages, and whether the document is tagged. This information is generated
automatically and cannot be modified.
Advanced document property settings
The Advanced panel shows PDF settings and reading options:
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Base URL displays the base Uniform Resource Locator (URL) set for web links in the
document. The base URL is not used if a link contains a complete URL address.
Search Index displays the name of the autoindex associated with the file. (The autoindex
is created in Acrobat.) Opening the file adds the associated index to the list of indexes that
can be searched. (See Searching across multiple Adobe PDF documents.)
The Trapped menu indicates whether trapping is applied to the file. Prepress software uses
this information to determine whether to apply trapping at print time.
Binding affects how the pages are arranged side by side when you view them using the
Continuous - Facing page layout. (See Setting the page layout and orientation.) This is for
matching the reading direction (left to right or right to left) of text in the document. Right
Edge binding is useful for viewing Arabic or Hebrew text or vertical Japanese text.
Language specifies the default language used in the document. (See Using a screen
reader.)
Updating Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader files and components can be updated in a variety of ways. Some updates
are available if you open an Adobe PDF document that triggers the updating process. For
example, if you open a form that uses Asian-language fonts, Adobe Reader asks if you
want to download the fonts. Other updates are available only from the Help menu, where
you must manually install them. Some updates are available using either method.
You can also use the Updates panel in the Preferences dialog box to determine how to
handle updates. Adobe Reader can automatically check for critical updates and
notifications once a month. Depending on your preference settings, Adobe Reader can
download updates in the background when other web transactions, such as email, are
inactive. In Windows, you can minimize the download dialog box to a status bar icon.
When all the components have been downloaded, a Summary Install Now dialog box lets
you choose which updates to install.
To set updating preference options:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
then select Updates on the left side of the dialog box.
2. Select an option to determine how to handle updates. If you select Do Not Automatically
Check For Critical Updates, you should periodically check for updates manually by
choosing Help > Check For Updates Now.
3. Click View Notifications to preview any notifications before deciding whether to update.
Click OK to close the dialog box.
4. Click Installed Updates to view the names and descriptions of installed updates. If several
versions of an update have been installed, only the latest version appears in the Installed
Updates dialog box.
5. Deselect Display Notification Dialog At Startup if you don't want to be advised about
available updates when you start Adobe Reader.
6. Deselect Display Installation Complete Dialog if you don't want to be advised when
updates are successfully installed.
To manually update components:
1. Choose Help > Check For Updates Now.
2. Select updates from the column on the left, and click Add or Reinstall to move them to the
column on the right. Only the updates and components appropriate for your platform and
product are listed.
3. Click Update.
What's New in Adobe Reader 7.0
New features overview
Additional language support
Filling in forms
Reviewing and approving
Document security and digital signatures
File attachments
Additional new features
New features overview
As with earlier versions of Adobe Reader, the free Adobe Reader 7.0 software allows you
to open and read any PDF document and fill in PDF forms. But Adobe Reader 7.0 also
offers significant new features and enhancements that greatly extend the flexibility of
Adobe PDF documents. If the creator of an Adobe PDF document has assigned it
additional usage rights, more tools and features are available to users of Adobe Reader,
allowing you to save form data, sign documents, participate in email and browser-based
document reviews, and attach PDF and non-PDF files to a PDF document. If you open a
document that has these additional usage rights, a Document Message Bar displays the
additional tools required to work with the document.
Language support has been extended, a new autosave feature guards against losing your
work in case of a power failure, and new accessibility features make Reader even easier to
use for motor- and vision-impaired users. Depending on your preference settings, Adobe
Reader can automatically download updates in the background, even while other web
transactions are occurring.
Additional language support
The extended language support in Adobe Reader 7.0 allows you to view, search, and print
PDF documents that contain Central and Eastern European languages. Forms entry,
comments, and digital signatures are also supported in these languages. If you open a
document that requires the installation of additional fonts, you are prompted to install the
appropriate language font kit using the Check For Updates Now command.
Filling in forms
If a PDF form contains interactive form fields, you can fill in the form electronically and
submit the form by email or over the web. Reader also lets you spellcheck your entries. If
the form author added special usage rights to the PDF document, you can also save the
form data.
PDF forms may contain bar code form fields that typically appear as a series of vertical
bars with a unique set of characters underneath the bars. You can't manually enter data
into the bar code form field, but the bars and characters of these interactive barcode fields
change to encrypt the data that you've entered into other form fields in the PDF.
Reviewing and approving
If the creator of the PDF document assigned additional usage rights, you can review PDF
documents via email or the web. (In Mac OS, browser-based reviews are supported
through Safari.) You're provided with a Commenting toolbar and--if you're part of a
tracked review--specific instructions for opening the document, adding comments, and
returning the document to the review initiator.
You can add your comments as a file attachment, or record an audio comment if there's a
microphone connected to the computer. A new Callout tool lets you create text box
markups that point to specific areas of a PDF document. And you can group markups so
that your comments behave as a single comment. A comments tab gives you easy access
to your own and other reviewers' comments.
In the Asian (Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) version of
Adobe Reader 7.0, you may also be invited to participate in a workflow that requires
approval from multiple branches of an organization. In this type of workflow, PDF
documents are sent to participants in sequential order. (Only users of Acrobat 7.0
Professional can organize a tracked review.)
Document security and digital signatures
With Adobe Reader 7.0, you may receive an Adobe PDF document with attachments that
are bundled into a secure electronic envelope (eEnvelope) designed to protect documents
during transit. When you open the eEnvelope, you can extract the file attachments and
save them to disk. The saved files are identical to the original file attachments and are no
longer encrypted when saved.
Acrobat 7.0 users can create Adobe PDF documents using security policies that can expire
and revoke documents, as well as maintain accountability by keeping track of who opens
protected documents. You can only open these secure PDF documents if you have the
necessary passwords or are on the list of approved recipients.
You can sign a PDF document only if the document includes additional usage rights
assigned by the creator of the document.
File attachments
Acrobat 7.0 users can attach non-PDF and PDF files or pages from files to their Adobe
PDF documents. If you move one of these PDF documents, the attached files or pages
automatically move with the document. If the creator of the PDF file has assigned
additional usage rights, you can attach files, edit attached files, and save your edits. A
description of each attached file appears in the Attachments tab of the navigation pane.
Additional new features
Adobe Reader 7.0 includes many other new and enhanced features to improve how you
work.
Updates
Depending on your Updates preferences, Adobe Reader can automatically check for
critical updates and notifications. If you disable this feature, you can manually check for
updates by choosing Help > Check For Updates Now.
Find toolbar
The Find toolbar provides a basic set of options for searching for text in the active Adobe
PDF document. You can locate a word, series of words, or partial word.
Recover your work
The Autosave feature guards against losing your work in case of a power failure by
incrementally saving file changes to a specified location. The original file is not modified.
(Autosave is available only for documents that have additional usage rights.)
View 3D content
The 3D plug-in allows you to view and navigate embedded 3D content in PDF files. Now,
you can experience high-quality 3D environments with realistic lighting and motion.
Acrobat 7.0 Professional is required to embed 3D content.
Set up for accessibility
For vision- and motor-impaired users, a new Accessibility Setup Assistant makes it easy
to change how PDF documents appear on-screen and how they're read by a screen reader,
screen magnifier, or other assistive technology. In Windows, this wizard starts
automatically the first time Adobe Reader detects assistive technology on your system. In
Mac OS, you can start the wizard from a menu.
Read Out Loud
You can use the Read Out Loud feature to read form fields out loud as you tab through
them.
Improved Help
The Help system has been improved for vision- and motion-impaired users.
Subscribe to digital periodicals and journals
Periodicals can be obtained in the same way as Digital Editions. When you subscribe to a
digital periodical and download the first issue, Adobe Reader asks you how often to check
for the availability of subsequent issues.
Overprint preview
The Overprint Preview mode lets you see (on-screen) the effects of ink aliasing in the
printed output. A prepress service provider may create an ink alias if a document contains
two similar spot colors and only one is required, for example. Spot colors aliased to other
spot colors or to process colors are reflected directly in the open document.
View PDF documents in the browser (Mac OS)
Adobe Reader works automatically with Safari to make viewing Adobe PDF documents
on the web easy. The first time you open Adobe Reader, your system automatically is
configured to use Adobe Reader to open PDF files in your browser.
Looking at the Work Area
About the work area
Opening documents
Navigating in documents
Adjusting the view of documents
Customizing the work area
Setting preferences
Viewing Adobe PDF documents in a web browser
Working with non-English languages in Adobe PDF files
About the work area
The Adobe Reader window includes a document pane that displays Adobe PDF documents. On the left side is a
navigation pane that helps you browse through the current PDF document. Toolbars at the top of the window and
the status bar at the bottom of the window provide other controls that you can use to work with PDF documents.
You can also open a How To window on the right side with an overview of common tasks.
Reader work area A. Toolbars B. Document pane C. Navigation pane (Bookmarks tab displayed) D. Status bar E. How To
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Related Subtopics:
Using the navigation tabs
Using context menus
Using toolbars
Selecting tools
Using the Properties toolbar
Using the navigation tabs
Tabs display such items as a document's bookmarks, page thumbnails, and articles. Tabs
are displayed in the navigation pane on the left side of the work area or in floating panels.
To show or hide tabs in the navigation pane:
Do one of the following:
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Move the pointer over the vertical bar that separates the document pane from the
navigation pane. Click the bar when the pointer icon changes to the Double Arrow icon
Choose View > Navigation Tabs, and then choose the desired tab from the menu.
Click the tab name on the left side of the document pane.
Note: The creator of the Adobe PDF document may set the contents of the navigation
tabs. In some cases, a tab may not contain any content.
To choose a command from a tab Options menu:
1. Click a tab to open the navigation pane.
2. At the top of the tab, click Options to open the menu, and choose the command you want.
The commands vary, depending on which tab is displayed. To close the menu without
choosing a command, click anywhere outside the menu or press Esc.
Click the triangle next to Options to open the menu.
You can also choose commands from the document pane menu. Click the triangle
just above the scroll up arrow on the right to open the menu, and then choose a command.
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Using context menus
Adobe Reader provides context-sensitive menus that display commands for the particular
item under the pointer. For example, you can right-click (Windows) or Control-click
(Mac OS) the toolbar area to display a context menu that contains toolbar options and the
most commonly used toolbars.
To choose a command from a context menu:
1. Position the pointer over an item in the work area, such as a comment, toolbar, bookmark,
or document page.
2. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) to open the context menu, and then
choose the command you want.
Using toolbars
The Adobe Reader toolbar area includes a set of toolbars, some of which appear by default and some of
which are hidden.
Toolbars open by default A. File toolbar B. Basic toolbar C. Zoom toolbar D. Rotate View toolbar E. Tasks
toolbar
Hold the pointer over the tool to see the name of the tool. Hold the pointer over the gripper bar
on the left edge of a toolbar to see the name of the toolbar.
To show or hide toolbars:
Do any of the following:
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Choose View > Toolbars, and then select the toolbar you want to show or hide. A check mark next to the
toolbar name indicates that the toolbar is displayed.
Choose Tools, select the appropriate topic, and choose Show [toolbar name] Toolbar.
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the toolbar area, and then select the toolbar you want
to show or hide.
To hide all toolbars, choose View > Toolbars > Hide Toolbars. Choose Show Toolbars to display them
again.
Choose View > Toolbars > Reset Toolbars to display the default set of toolbars.
For information on changing the appearance and position of toolbars, see Customizing the work area.
Selecting tools
As a general rule, you should use the Hand tool
when browsing through PDF
documents. However, you can select a number of other helpful tools from the toolbars.
Note: You may notice that certain tools, such as commenting tools, are available in some
documents but not in others. When you open a document with additional usage rights, the
tools that you need to work with the document are added to the work area. (See About
Adobe PDF documents with additional usage rights.)
To select a tool:
Do one of the following:
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From the Tools menu, choose the toolbar name, and then choose the tool.
To select a visible tool in a toolbar, click the tool, or press the appropriate keystroke. (See
Keys for selecting tools.)
To select the Hand tool temporarily, without deselecting the current tool, hold down the
spacebar.
To select the Zoom In tool temporarily, press Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) and
hold down the spacebar.
To select a hidden tool, hold down the mouse button on either the related tool or the
triangle next to the related tool until the additional tools appear, and then drag to the tool
you want.
To replace a visible tool with a hidden tool, click the related tool or the triangle next to it
until the additional tools appear, and click the name of the hidden tool.
To display hidden tools alongside the other tools, click the related tool or the triangle next
to it and choose Expand This Button. To collapse the hidden tools, click the left-pointing
arrow to the right of the expanded button.
Click the triangle next to a tool to open a hidden group of tools.
Using the Properties toolbar
The Properties toolbar is especially useful when you open a document with additional
usage rights. The item selected in the document pane determines the contents of the
Properties toolbar. For example, if you select a note comment, the Properties bar displays
the properties of the note.
When the Properties toolbar is displayed, it appears by default as a floating toolbar. If you
prefer, you can dock it next to the other toolbars by dragging it into the toolbar area.
To show or hide the Properties toolbar:
1. Select the object, such as a note comment, that contains the properties you want to edit.
2. Do one of the following:
● Choose View > Toolbars > Properties Bar.
● Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the toolbar area, and choose Properties
Bar from the context menu.
If you want to change properties other than those listed on the Properties toolbar,
right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the object, and choose Properties.
Opening documents
You can open an Adobe PDF document from your email application, from your file
system, from within a web browser, or by choosing File > Open in Adobe Reader. The
initial view of the PDF document depends on how its creator set the document properties.
For example, a document might open to a particular page or at a particular magnification.
The creator of the PDF document may have enabled additional usage rights that let you
participate in a document review, create comments, fill in forms, and sign documents.
(See About Adobe PDF documents with additional usage rights.)
When someone sends you a restricted PDF document, you may need to enter a password
to open it. If a document is encrypted, you may not be able to open it without permission
from the person who created the document. In addition, restricted or certified documents
may prevent you from printing a file or copying information to another application. If
you're having trouble opening a PDF document, or if you're restricted from using certain
features, contact the author of the PDF document. For information on opening documents
to which security has been applied, see About security.
If a document is set to open in Full Screen view, the toolbar, command bar, menu bar, and
window controls are not visible. You can exit Full Screen view by pressing the Esc key, if
your preferences are set this way, or by pressing Ctrl+L (Windows) or Command+L
(Mac OS). (See Reading documents in Full Screen view.)
To open a PDF document from within Adobe Reader:
1. Do one of the following:
Choose File > Open, or click the Open button
in the toolbar. In the Open dialog box,
select one or more file names, and click Open. PDF documents usually have the extension .
pdf.
● Drag the PDF file into the Adobe Reader window.
● (Windows) From the File menu, choose a previously opened document's file name.
● (Mac OS) Choose File > Open Recent File, and then choose the document's file name.
2. If the Document Message Bar appears when a PDF document is opened, the document has
a special status or special features. For example, it may be certified or signed, or it may
include additional usage rights. The bottom left corner of the status bar displays icons that
represent the special status. You can click any of these to view the document status.
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If more than one document is open, you can switch between documents by choosing
the document name from the Window menu. In Windows, Adobe Reader places a button
for each open window on the Windows taskbar. You can click this button to move
between open documents.
To open a PDF document from outside Adobe Reader:
Do one of the following:
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Open the PDF attachment from within an email application. In most email applications,
you can double-click the attachment icon to open the document.
Click the PDF file link in your web browser. The PDF document may open within your
web browser. In this case, use the Adobe Reader toolbars to print, search, and work on
your PDF documents, because the menu commands may apply to the browser and not to
the PDF document. (See Viewing Adobe PDF documents in a web browser.)
Double-click the PDF file icon in your file system.
Note: In Mac OS, you might not be able to open a PDF document created in Windows by
double-clicking the icon. If double-clicking the icon in Mac OS does not open the
document, use File > Open in Adobe Reader, or drag the PDF file icon into the Adobe
Reader window.
Related Subtopics:
Saving Adobe PDF documents
Saving Adobe PDF documents
You can save a copy of an Adobe PDF document, or if the creator of the document
enabled additional usage rights, you can save comments, entries in form fields, or digital
signatures that you have added to a document. If a document contains additional usage
rights, you are advised what privileges have been assigned when you open the document.
(See About Adobe PDF documents with additional usage rights.)
If the file permissions allow it, you can also save the contents of a PDF document in text
format. This allows you to easily reuse the text from a PDF document and to use the
content with a screen reader, screen magnifier, or other assistive technology.
To save a copy of an Adobe PDF document:
1. Choose File > Save A Copy.
2. In the Save A Copy dialog box, enter the file name and location, and click Save.
You can save the file only in PDF format.
To save comments, form field entries, and digital signatures:
Do one of the following:
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Choose File > Save to save changes to the current file.
Choose File > Save As to save changes to a new file.
Note: If you are viewing a document with additional usage rights in a browser, you can
only use the Save A Copy command.
To save an Adobe PDF document as a text file:
1. Choose File > Save As Text.
2. In the Save As Text dialog box, enter the file name and location, and click Save.
Your file is saved with the .txt extension.
Note: This command appears only in the full version of Adobe Reader.
When you are working on a document to which additional usage rights have been
assigned, Adobe Reader automatically saves your work every 5 minutes. You change how
often Adobe Reader saves your work in the General Preferences.
Navigating in documents
You can navigate in Adobe PDF documents by paging through them or by using
navigational tools such as bookmarks, thumbnail pages, and links. You can also retrace
your steps through documents to return to where you started.
Related Subtopics:
Paging through documents
Retracing your viewing path
Navigating with bookmarks
Viewing layers
Navigating with page thumbnails
Navigating with reviewer comments
Navigating with links
Navigating documents with file attachments
Reading article threads
Paging through documents
The navigation controls in the status bar at the bottom of the window provide a quick way
to navigate through documents. In addition, you can use menu commands, the Navigation
toolbar, and keyboard shortcuts for paging through a PDF document.
Navigation controls A. First Page button B. Previous Page button C. Current page D. Next Page
button E. Last Page button F. Go To Previous View button G. Go To Next View button
To go to another page:
Do one of the following:
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To go to the first or last page, click the First Page button
or the Last Page button
the status bar, or choose View > Go To > First Page or Last Page.
To go to the next or previous page, click the Next Page button or the Previous Page
button on the status bar, or choose View > Go To > Next Page or Previous Page.
To retrace your viewing path, click the Go To Previous View button
or the Go To
in
.
Next View button
If you are in Fit Page view and the page layout is set to single page, press the Up Arrow or
Down Arrow key to move up or down a page. (See Setting the page layout and
orientation.)
To learn shortcut keystrokes for paging through documents, see About keyboard
shortcuts.
To use the Navigation toolbar:
1. If the Navigation toolbar isn't open, either choose View > Toolbars > Navigation or rightclick (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the toolbar area, and then choose Navigation.
2. Click the buttons to move forward or backward through your document.
To jump to a page by its number:
Do one of the following:
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Choose View > Go To > Page, type the page number, and click OK.
Drag the vertical scroll bar until the number of the page you want to jump to appears.
Select the current page number in the status bar, type the page number to jump to, and
press Enter or Return.
Note: If your document's page numbers are different from the actual page position in the
PDF file, the page position may appear in parentheses in the status bar. For example, if the
first page of an 18-page chapter begins numbering at 223, the numbering might appear as
223 (1 of 18). You can double-click inside the parentheses, change the page-position
number, and press Enter or Return to go to that page. For information on turning on and
off logical page numbers, see Page Display preferences.
To automatically scroll through a document:
1. Choose View > Automatically Scroll.
2. Press Esc to stop scrolling.
Retracing your viewing path
After you have navigated through documents, you can retrace your path back to where
you started.
To retrace your viewing path:
Do one of the following:
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To retrace your path within an Adobe PDF document, choose View > Go To > Previous
View or Next View. The Next View command is available only if you have chosen
Previous View.
If you're viewing the PDF document in a browser, use options on the Navigation toolbar
to move between views. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the toolbar
or the Go To
area, and then choose Navigation. Click the Go To Previous View button
.
Next View button
To retrace your viewing path through other PDF documents, choose View > Go To >
Previous Document or Next Document. These commands open the other PDF documents
if the documents are closed.
Navigating with bookmarks
Bookmarks provide a table of contents and usually represent the chapters and sections in a
document. Bookmarks appear in the navigation pane. The creator of the Adobe PDF
document determines which bookmarks appear.
Bookmarks tab A. Bookmarks tab B. Expanded bookmark C. Click to display bookmark Options
menu.
To browse using a bookmark:
1. Click the Bookmarks tab on the left side of the window, or choose View > Navigation
Tabs > Bookmarks to display bookmarks.
2. To jump to a topic using its bookmark, click the bookmark. Click the plus sign (+) next to
a parent bookmark to expand it. Click the minus sign (-) next to a bookmark to hide its
children.
Note: Clicking a bookmark might perform an action instead of taking you to another
location. It depends on how the bookmark was defined.
If the list of bookmarks disappears when you click a bookmark, click the Bookmarks tab
to display the list again. If you want the Bookmarks tab to always remain open after you
click a bookmark, click the Options menu at the top of the Bookmarks tab, and make sure
that Hide After Use is not selected.
Viewing layers
Some applications, such as Adobe InDesign, AutoCAD, and Visio, allow layers to be
added to documents. When such documents are exported to Adobe PDF, these layers
appear in the Layers tab. You cannot create layers in Adobe Reader. However, you can
examine layers and show or hide the content associated with each layer by using the
Layers tab in the navigation pane.
Layers tab A. Eye icon indicates a displayed layer. B. Hidden layer
You can select or copy content in a layered Adobe PDF document using the Select tool or
the Snapshot tool.
A Lock icon in the Layers tab indicates that a layer is for information only. The layer's
visibility cannot be changed.
To view layers:
1. Click the Layers tab on the left side of the window, or choose View > Navigation Tabs >
Layers.
2. Click the eye icon
to hide a layer's content. Click the empty box to show a hidden
layer's content. A layer is visible when the eye icon is present, and hidden when the eye
icon is absent. This setting temporarily overrides the settings in the Layer Properties
dialog box.
3. From the Options menu in the Layers tab, do any of the following:
● Choose List Layers For All pages to show every layer across every page of the document.
● Choose List Layers For Current Page to show layers only on the currently visible page.
● Choose Reset To Initial Visibility to reset layers to their default state.
● Choose Apply Layer Overrides to display all layers. This option affects all optional
content in the PDF document, even layers that are not listed in the layers tab. All layers
are visible, regardless of the settings in the Layers Properties dialog box. You cannot
change layer visibility using the eye icon until you toggle this command off.
Navigating with page thumbnails
Page thumbnails provide miniature previews of document pages. You can use thumbnails
in the Pages tab to change the display of pages and to go to other pages. The red pageview box in the page thumbnail indicates which area of the page appears. You can resize
this box to change the zoom percentage. (See Magnifying and reducing the view.)
To browse using page thumbnails:
1. Click the Pages tab on the left side of the window, or choose View > Navigation Tabs >
Pages to display the Pages tab.
2. To jump to another page, click the page's thumbnail.
Navigating with reviewer comments
To view a list of comments in a PDF document, click the Comments tab on the left side of
the document window. To browse through the comments, click a comment in the list, or
or the Previous button
to go to the next or previous
click the Next button
comment. (These buttons are unavailable if no comment is selected.) The page on which
the selected comment is located appears in the document pane, and the selected comment
scrolls into view. To go to the page where another comment is located, simply click the
comment in the list.
Navigating with links
Clicking a link in a PDF document is like clicking a link on a website. Links take you to
another location in the current document, to other documents, or to websites. The PDF
document creator determines what links look like in the PDF document.
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. For information on changing multimedia preferences, see Setting Multimedia
preferences.
Note: If you have not downloaded the full version of Adobe Reader, you cannot play
media clips.
To follow a link:
1. Select the Hand tool
.
2. Position the pointer over the linked area on the page until the pointer changes to the hand
with a pointing finger. (The hand has a "W" if the link points to the web.) Then click the
link.
Note: Some links work correctly only if the Automatically Detect URLs From Text option
is selected in the General preferences.
Navigating documents with file attachments
The creator of a PDF document can attach PDF and non-PDF files to the document. If you
appears in the
open a PDF document that has files attached, the Attachment icon
status bar at the bottom of the Adobe Reader window. Attached files are listed in the
Attachments tab in the navigation pane. You can open these files for viewing, edit the file
attachments and save your changes to the file attachment. (See Opening and saving
attachments.)
Reading article threads
Articles are electronic threads created by the PDF creator that lead you through a
document. An article typically begins on one page and continues on a different page later
in the document, in the same way as articles skip pages in traditional newspapers and
magazines. When you read an article, the page view zooms in or out so that the current
part of the article fills the screen.
To read an article:
1. Do one of the following:
● Choose View > Navigation Tabs > Articles to open the Articles tab. Then double-click the
article's icon to start reading the article.
Note: You cannot open the Articles tab if you are viewing the PDF document inside a
browser.
Select the Hand tool
, and then click anywhere in the article to start reading it at that
point.
2. The pointer changes to the follow-article pointer . Do any of the following to navigate
through the article:
● To go to the next page in the article, press Enter or Return or click.
● To go backwards through the document, one page at a time, Shift-click in the article, or
press Shift+Return.
● To go to the beginning of the article, Ctrl-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) in
the article.
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3. When you reach the end of the article, the pointer changes to the end-article pointer .
Press Return, or click to return to the view displayed before you started reading the article.
Adjusting the view of documents
Adobe Reader provides tools that help you adjust the view of your Adobe PDF
documents, including simple tools, such as Zoom In and Zoom Out, and more advanced
tools. You can also adjust the view by rotating pages and determining whether you'll see
one page at a time or a continuous flow of pages.
Related Subtopics:
Adjusting the page position
Magnifying and reducing the view
Setting the page layout and orientation
Reading documents in Full Screen view
Reading documents in read mode
Adjusting the page position
Use the Hand tool
to move around the page so that you can view all the areas of it.
Moving an Adobe PDF page with the Hand tool is like moving a piece of paper on a desk
with your hand.
To adjust the page position:
1. Select the Hand tool.
2. Do either of the following:
● Drag the page up or down.
● If the page is zoomed in to a high magnification, drag the page left or right to view a
different area.
Magnifying and reducing the view
The toolbar and status bar offer several methods for magnifying the view of PDF documents.
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The Zoom In and Zoom Out tools let you change the document's magnification.
The Dynamic Zoom tool lets you zoom in or out by dragging the mouse or mouse wheel up or down.
Magnification options on toolbar A. Zoom In tools B. Fit Width button C. Zoom menu D. Zoom In button
To increase or decrease magnification:
Do one of the following:
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Click the Zoom In button
or the Zoom Out button
percentage from the toolbar menu.
in the toolbar, or select a magnification
From the Zoom menu in the toolbar, choose the Zoom In tool
or the Zoom Out tool
, and then
click the page. To zoom in on a specific area, use the Zoom In tool to draw a rectangle. When you're
finished zooming, you may want to select the Hand tool.
Click the magnification percentage area in the toolbar, type a new percentage, and press Enter or Return.
From the Zoom menu in the toolbar, select the Dynamic Zoom tool
, and then drag up to zoom in to
the area where you begin dragging, or drag down to zoom out from that location. If your mouse has a
mouse wheel, you can roll it forward to zoom in or backward to zoom out.
When the Zoom In tool is selected, you can hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) while
clicking or dragging to zoom out. When the Zoom Out tool is selected, hold down Ctrl or Command to
zoom in. With either zoom tool, hold down Shift to use the Dynamic Zoom tool.
To change the magnification level using a page thumbnail:
1. Click the Pages tab on the left side of the window to view the page thumbnails. Each thumbnail represents
a page.
2. Locate the thumbnail for the current page, and then position the pointer over the lower right corner of the
page-view box until the pointer changes.
3. Drag the corner of the box to reduce or expand the view of the page.
A page-view box in a page thumbnail indicates the area of the page currently showing in the document pane.
To resize a page to fit the window:
Do one of the following:
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To resize the page to fit entirely in the window, choose View > Fit Page, or click the Fit Page button
on the toolbar.
To resize the page to fit the width of the window, choose View > Fit Width, or click the Fit Width
on the toolbar. Part of the page may be out of view.
button
To resize the page so that its text and images fit the width of the window, choose View > Fit Visible. Part
of the page may be out of view.
To see keyboard shortcuts for resizing the document, open the View menu and notice the shortcuts
for each command.
To return a page to its actual size:
Choose View > Actual Size, or click the Actual Size button
on the toolbar. The actual size for a PDF
page is typically 100%, but the document may have been set to another magnification level when it was
created.
Setting the page layout and orientation
Changing the page layout is especially useful when you want to zoom out to get an overview of the document
layout. You can use the following page layouts when viewing Adobe PDF documents:
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Single Page displays one page in the document pane at a time.
Continuous arranges the pages in a continuous vertical column.
Facing arranges the pages side by side, displaying only one or two pages at a time.
Continuous - Facing arranges the pages side by side in a continuous vertical column. If a document has more than
two pages, the first page appears on the right to ensure proper display of two-page spreads.
Single Page, Continuous, Continuous - Facing, and Facing layouts compared
For information on determining how pages are arranged when you use Continuous - Facing layout, see Viewing
document properties.
To set page layout:
1. Do one of the following:
● Choose View > Page Layout, and then choose Single Page, Continuous, Facing, or Continuous - Facing.
● Click the Single Page button
, the Continuous button , the Continuous - Facing button , or the Facing
button
in the status bar.
2. If necessary, choose View > Fit Page to display the document in the current page layout.
In Single Page layout, choosing Edit > Select All selects all text on the current page. In other layouts, Select
All selects all text in the PDF document.
To rotate the page view:
Choose View > Rotate View > Clockwise or Counterclockwise. You can change the view of a page in 90-degree
increments. This changes the view of the page, not its actual orientation, and the change in view cannot be saved.
Reading documents in Full Screen view
In Full Screen view, Adobe PDF pages fill the entire screen; the menu bar, command bar,
toolbar, status bar, and window controls are hidden. A document creator can set a PDF
document to open in Full Screen view, or you can set the view for yourself. Full Screen
view is often used for presentations, sometimes with automatic page advancement and
transitions.
The pointer remains active in Full Screen view so that you can click links and open notes.
You can use keyboard shortcuts for navigational and magnification commands and the
Full Screen preferences let you display a navigation bar in Full Screen view. (See Full
Screen preferences.)
To read a document in Full Screen view:
Click the Full Screen View icon
on the status bar at the bottom left of the Adobe
Reader window. Press Enter or Return or the Down Arrow or Right Arrow key to page
through the document. Press Shift+Return or the Up Arrow or Left Arrow key to page
backward through the document.
Note: If you have two monitors installed, the Full Screen view of a page may appear on
only one of the monitors. To page through the document, click the screen displaying the
page in Full Screen view.
To exit Full Screen view:
Press Esc, if Escape Key Exits is selected in the Full Screen preferences, or press Ctrl+L
(Windows) or Command+L (Mac OS). If the full screen navigation bar appears, you can
also click the Exit Full Screen button
.
Reading documents in read mode
The read mode is designed to give you a clean work area for when you're simply reading
to retain the menu bar and the
PDF documents. Click the Hide Toolbars button
navigation pane and move a limited selection of tools to the status bar at the bottom of the
work area. After you click the Hide Toolbars button, a tools menu and zooming features
appear to the right of the Hide Toolbars button. Click the tools menu to select a tool. For
information on using the Hand tool, see Adjusting the page position; for the zoom tools,
see Magnifying and reducing the view; for the Select tool, see Copying text, tables, and
images.
To exit Read Mode, click the Show Toolbars button.
Customizing the work area
You can change the appearance of the work area to better suit your working style. For
example, you can change the appearance and location of toolbars and the navigation pane
and lock their position on the desktop. The work area that you create becomes the default
work area on your system until you change it.
To show or hide the menu bar:
To hide the menu bar, choose View > Menu Bar. To show it again, press F9.
To change the display of a navigation tab:
Do one of the following:
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To change the width of the navigation pane, drag its right border.
To move a tab to its own floating panel, drag the tab from the navigation pane to the
document pane.
To move a tab to an existing floating panel or to the navigation pane, drag the tab to the
floating panel or the navigation pane.
To collapse a floating panel to show only the tabs, click the tab name at the top of the
window. Click the tab name again to return the panel to its full size.
To show or hide tool labels:
Do one of the following:
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Choose View > Toolbars > Show Button Labels > [option].
Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
select General. For Show Tool And Property Button Labels, select Default Labels, All
Labels, or No Labels. Click OK.
Note: Tool labels are turned off selectively, regardless of preference settings, when space
in the toolbar area becomes limited.
To move a toolbar:
Do one of the following:
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To move a toolbar in the toolbar area, drag the toolbar by the separator bar, which is
located at the left edge of a toolbar.You can move the toolbar within the toolbar area, or
you can drag the toolbar into the document pane to create a floating toolbar. You can drag
the bar back to its original location.
To move a floating toolbar to any other location, drag the toolbar by its title bar.
Moving a section of tools from the toolbar area
To lock or unlock the position of toolbars:
Choose View > Toolbars > Lock Toolbars.
The separator bars disappear when toolbars are locked.
Note: Lock Toolbars only locks the position of toolbars in the toolbar area. Floating
toolbars are not locked in position.
To dock toolbars:
Choose View > Toolbars > Dock All Toolbars to expand and dock all floating toolbars in
their default location in the toolbar area. If necessary, the toolbar area expands to three
lines, and toolbar labels are hidden selectively to save space.
To return toolbars to their default configuration:
Choose View > Toolbars > Reset Toolbars.
Setting preferences
You can use the Preferences dialog box in Adobe Reader to define a default page layout
and customize your application in many other ways. These preferences control the
application on your system; they are not associated with a particular Adobe PDF
document.
To set preferences:
1. Do one of the following:
● Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS).
● Choose Preferences from the document pane menu.
2. In the Preferences dialog box, select one of the preference categories from the list at the
left.
3. Select preference options for that feature, and then click OK. Click Cancel to leave the
settings unchanged.
Related Subtopics:
Setting preferences for visually impaired users
Preference categories
Startup preferences
Page Display preferences
General preferences
Full Screen preferences
Setting Multimedia preferences
Setting preferences for visually impaired users
Vision- and motor-impaired users can use the Accessibility Setup Assistant to change the
way that PDF documents appear on-screen and how they're read by assistive technology.
(See Setting accessibility preferences.) Single-key accelerators and keyboard shortcuts
make document navigation simpler. For common keyboard shortcuts, see About keyboard
shortcuts.
Preference categories
You set the preference options by category.
3D
Sets preferences for viewing 3D files. This preference is available in full version of Adobe
Reader.
Accessibility
Sets preferences for making Adobe PDF documents easier to access for vision- and
motion-challenged users. (See Setting accessibility preferences.)
Forms
Sets preferences for the appearance and functionality of forms. (See Setting Forms
preferences.)
Full Screen
Sets preferences for navigation, transitions, and mouse behavior when documents are
viewed in full screen mode. (See Full Screen preferences.)
General
Sets miscellaneous preferences, including display and text and image selection
preferences. (See General preferences.)
Identity
Sets preferences for personal information used for authorship and digital signatures.
International
Sets the language used in Adobe Reader or lets you choose the language each time you
start Adobe Reader. You can control the default paragraph direction and turn on options
for right-to-left languages.
Internet
Sets web browser and Internet connection options. You can set preferences to check your
default browser settings for compatibility with the application each time the application
starts, and you can choose a connection speed that is used by the multimedia plug-in. This
is also where you set your Internet connection setting. (For more information on setting up
Adobe Reader as a helper application in Windows, see Viewing Adobe PDF documents in
a web browser.)
JavaScript
Sets preferences for enabling JavaScript. To access the JavaScript Reference Guide, go to
http://partners.adobe.com/ans/developer/acrosdk/main.html (English only) on the Adobe
website.
Multimedia
Sets the preferred media player to play 3D content, movies, and sound clips, as well as
other multimedia options. (See Setting Multimedia preferences.)
Page Display
Sets options that define the page display, including smoothing text, line art, and images, as
well as determining whether CoolType is used. Smoothing the edges of text and
monochrome images minimizes the contrast between the background and the text or
image, which sometimes improves the quality of the display on-screen, especially with
larger text sizes. CoolType lets you adjust text display to work optimally with your
monitor. (See Page Display preferences.)
Reading
Sets read-out-loud options, such as pitch, volume, and speed, for speech used in voice
delivery, as well as reading order and screen reader options. (See Setting Reading
preferences.)
Search
Sets preferences for index-based searches and fast find. (See Setting Search preferences.)
Security
Sets the preferred security handler and the preferences for creating and managing digital
signatures and their appearance. (See Setting Digital Signature preferences.)
Spelling
Sets preferences for the spell checker and determines whether spelling is checked during
typing. (See Setting Spelling preferences.)
Startup
Sets preferences for opening the application and opening documents. (See Startup
preferences.)
Trust Manager
Sets permissions for trusted entities. (See Setting Trust Manager preferences.).
Units
Sets the page units.
Updates
Defines how to check for software updates. (See Additional new features.)
Startup preferences
The Startup panel of the Preferences dialog box defines how documents open and how the
application starts. It includes the following options:
Maximum Documents In Most-Recently Used List
Sets the maximum number of documents listed in the File menu (Windows) or when you
choose File > Open Recent File (Mac OS). The default is five for Windows and nine for
Mac OS.
Reopen Documents To Last Viewed Page
Determines whether documents open automatically to the last viewed page within a work
session.
Use Page Cache
Places the next page in a buffer even before the current page is viewed to reduce the
amount of time required to page through a document.
Allow Layer State To Be Set By User Information
Allows the author of a layered PDF document to specify layer visibility based on user
information.
Display The Document Status Dialog When These Status Items Appear
Determines which documents automatically show a status dialog box when they are
opened.
Display Splash Screen
Determines whether the application splash screen appears each time the application starts.
Use Only Certified Plug-ins
Ensures that only Adobe-certified third-party plug-ins are loaded.
Show Messages And Automatically Update
Relates to the message bar at the top right of the Adobe Reader window.
Page Display preferences
The Page Display panel of the Preferences dialog box includes the following options for
the appearance of pages:
Default Page Layout
Sets the page layout used for scrolling when you first open a document. Automatic uses
the document setting.
Display Large Images
Displays large images. If your system is slow to display image-intensive pages, you may
want to make sure that this option is not selected.
Display Page To Edge
Eliminates the thin white border that appears around the edge of Adobe PDF pages
created by some applications. If you do not select this option, pages print with a white
border, as defined by the printer driver.
Display Transparency Grid
Displays a grid behind transparent objects.
Use Logical Page Numbers
Enables you to use the Number Pages command to display Adobe PDF page numbering
that matches the numbering printed on the pages. A page's number, followed by the page
position in parentheses, appears in the status bar and in the Go To Page and Print dialog
boxes. For example, if the first page in a document is numbered "i", it might appear as "i
(1 of 10)". If this option is not selected, page numbering information in documents is
ignored and pages are numbered using arabic numbers starting at 1. Selecting this option
should alleviate most cases of unexpected Go Back behavior in your web browser.
Use CoolType
Adjusts text display to work optimally with your monitor.
Overprint Preview
Turns overprint preview on or off. The Overprint Preview mode lets you preview (onscreen) the effects of ink aliasing in the printed output. A printer or service provider may
create an ink alias if a document contains two similar spot colors and only one is required,
for example.
Smooth Text, Line Art, and Images
Select whether to smooth text, line art, or images. The default is to smooth both text and
images.
Use Greek Text Below
Displays text below the designated point size as gray lines (or greeked text) to speed
display time.
Use System Setting
Uses the system settings for monitor resolution.
Custom Resolution
Sets the monitor resolution.
Default Zoom
Sets the magnification level for PDF documents when they are first opened. This value
overrides document settings. Automatic uses the setting of the PDF document.
Max Fit Visible Zoom
Sets the maximum magnification level for the fit visible view and for viewing articles.
General preferences
The General panel of the Preferences dialog box provides the following preference
options:
Automatically Save Document Changes To Temporary File Every
Determines how often Reader automatically saves changes to an open document. This
option is available only for documents with additional usage rights.
Automatically Detect URLs From Text
Specifies whether web links that weren't created with Acrobat are automatically identified
in the PDF document and become clickable links.
Open Cross-Document Links In Same Window
Closes the current document and opens the document being linked to in the same window,
minimizing the number of windows open. If the document being linked to is already open
in another window, the current document is not closed when you click a link to the open
document. If you do not select this option, a new window opens each time you click a link
to a different document.
Note: To override this setting, whether selected or deselected, press Ctrl (Windows) or
Option (Mac OS) when clicking a link.
Save As Optimizes For Fast Web View
Restructures a PDF document for page-at-a-time downloading from web servers.
Emit Passthrough PostScript When Printing
Enables PostScript XObjects in the PDF file to be emitted when that PDF file is printed to
PostScript® printer.
Enable Print Preview
Controls the display window in the Print dialog box that shows how the PDF will print.
Turning this off speeds up the Print dialog box display.
Use Single Key Accelerators To Access Tools
Enables you to select tools with a single keystroke. This is off by default.
Enable Text Selection For The Hand Tool
Enables the Hand tool to automatically function as the Select tool when it hovers over text
in an Adobe PDF document.
Disable Edit Warnings
Disables warning boxes that would normally open when you delete items in a PDF
document.
Show Documents in Taskbar
Turns on or off the feature that adds a button to the Windows taskbar for each document
open in Adobe Reader. You can click this button to move between open documents.
Select Tool Options
Determines the selection order of text and images.
Text Selection Margin Size
Sets the distance, in pixels, that the Select tool has to be from text before it changes to a
text selection pointer. You can set the value from zero to thirty pixels.
Column Selection Margin Size
Sets the distance, in pixels, that the Select tool has to be from the text selection margin
before it switches from text selection to column selection.You can set the value from zero
to thirty pixels. If you set the value at 0 pixels, you cannot select columns.
Use Fixed Resolution For Snapshots
Sets the resolution used to copy the image captured with the Snapshot tool.
Full Screen preferences
The Full Screen panel of the Preferences dialog box provides the following navigation and
appearance options when an Adobe PDF document is being viewed in Full Screen view.
Advance Every
Specifies whether to advance automatically from page to page every set number of
seconds. You can page through a document using mouse or keyboard commands even if
automatic paging is selected.
Loop After Last Page
Lets you page through a PDF document continuously, returning to the first page after the
last. This option is typically used for setting up kiosk displays.
Escape Key Exits
Lets you exit Full Screen view by pressing the Escape key. If this option is not selected,
you can exit by pressing Ctrl+L (Windows) or Command+L (Mac OS).
Left Click To Go Forward One Page; Right Click To Go Back One Page
Lets you page through an Adobe PDF document by clicking. You can also page through a
document by pressing Return, Shift+Return (to go backward), or the arrow keys.
Show Navigation Bar
Shows a minimal navigation toolbar whenever Adobe Reader is running in Full Screen
view.
Ignore All Transitions
Removes transition effects from presentations that you view in Full Screen view.
Default Transition
Specifies the transition effect to display when you switch pages in Full Screen view and
no transition effect has been set for the document being viewed.
Mouse Cursor
Specifies whether to show or hide the pointer.
Background Color
Specifies the window's background color in Full Screen view. If you choose Custom, you
can select a color from the system color palette.
Setting Multimedia preferences
You can select the preferred media player to play sound and movie clips, determine
whether the Player Finder dialog box appears, and set multimedia accessibility options for
visually impaired users. For example, some movie clips include subtitles, dubbed audio,
or supplemental text captions. You can determine whether these items appear when the
movie is played in your Adobe PDF document.
To change multimedia preferences:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
then select Multimedia on the left side of the dialog box.
2. From the Preferred Media Player menu, select an option to determine the player that will
play the media clip. The menu displays currently installed players.
3. Under Accessibility Options, select which special features are allowed to be played,
specify the preferred language for the media in case multiple languages are available, and
then click OK.
For information on setting multimedia preferences for trusted documents, see Setting
Trust Manager preferences.)
Viewing Adobe PDF documents in a web browser
Adobe Reader makes viewing Adobe PDF documents on the web easy. You can view
PDF documents in your browser, or you can set up Adobe Reader to work separately as a
helper application so that when you open or download PDF documents from the web they
open in a separate Adobe Reader window. If you set your preferences to start Adobe
Reader as a separate application outside your browser and automatically open linked PDF
documents in Adobe Reader, you cannot use Fast Web Viewing, form submittal in a
browser, or search highlighting on the web.
To use Adobe Reader as a helper application:
1. Choose Edit > Preference (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
select Internet.
2. Deselect Display PDF In Browser, and click OK.
To set browser and Internet preferences:
Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
select Internet in the left pane. Set the following options, and then click OK.
Display PDF In Browser
Displays any PDF document opened from the web inside the browser window. If this
optionis not selected, PDF documents open in a separate Adobe Reader window.
Allow Fast Web View
Downloads PDF documents for viewing on the web one page at a time. If this option is
not selected, the entire PDF file downloads before it appears. If you want the entire PDF
document to continue downloading in the background while you view the first page of
requested information, also select Allow Speculative Downloading In The Background.
Allow Speculative Downloading In The Background
Allows a PDF document to continue downloading from the web, even after the first
requested page appears. Downloading in the background stops when any other task, such
as paging through the document, is initiated in Adobe Reader.
Connection Speed
Choose a connection speed from the menu. This setting is also used by the multimedia
plug-in.
Internet Settings
Click to set up your Internet connection. Follow the prompts, or consult your ISP provider
if you need help.
Related Subtopics:
Viewing in a browser in Windows
Viewing in a browser in Mac OS
Viewing in a browser in Windows
You can view the PDF document in the web browser if you are using Internet Explorer 5.5
or later, Netscape Navigator 7.1 or later, or America Online 9.0 or later. Because keyboard
commands may be mapped to the web browser, some Adobe Reader shortcuts may not be
available. Similarly, you may need to use the tools and commands in the Adobe Reader
toolbar rather than the browser toolbar or menu bar. For example, to print a PDF
document, you need to use the Print button in the Adobe Reader toolbar rather than
choosing File > Print in the browser. (In Internet Explorer, you can choose File > Print,
Edit > Copy, and Edit > Find on the Internet Explorer toolbar.)
Viewing in a browser in Mac OS
Adobe Reader works automatically with Safari version 1.2.3 or later and Mac OS 10.3 or
later to make viewing Adobe PDF documents on the web easy. The first time you open
Adobe Reader, your system automatically is configured to use Adobe Reader to open PDF
files in your browser. Adobe Reader does not add any tools or menus to the Safari toolbar
and menu bar.
Note: Be sure that Safari is not running the first time you start Adobe Reader.
When you view PDF documents in your browser, some keyboard commands may not be
available because they are mapped to the web browser. Similarly, you may need to use the
tools and commands in the Adobe Reader toolbar rather than the browser toolbar or menu
bar. For example, to print a PDF document, you need to use the Print button in the Adobe
Reader toolbar rather than the Print command in the browser.
Working with non-English languages in Adobe PDF files
Adobe Reader lets you view, search, and print PDF documents that contain Asian
(Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean), Central and Eastern
European, and Cyrillic text. You can also use these languages when you fill in forms, add
comments, and apply digital signatures.
Related Subtopics:
About Asian-language Adobe PDF files
About Central- and Eastern European-language Adobe PDF files
About Asian-language Adobe PDF files
This section covers managing Asian-language PDF files on a non-Asian-language system.
Almost all of the Adobe Reader features are supported for Traditional and Simplified
Chinese, Japanese, and Korean text.
On Mac OS, application and system support for Asian text is automatic.
In Windows, you need to have language font kits for both the application and your system.
If you try to open a PDF file for which you don't have the correct language font kits
installed, you are automatically prompted to download and install the required language
font kits using the Updates command.
About Central- and Eastern European-language Adobe
PDF files
You can work with Adobe PDF files that contain Cyrillic text (including Bulgarian and
Russian), Central European text, and Eastern European text (including Czech, Hungarian,
and Polish), if the fonts are embedded in the PDF files. If the fonts are embedded, you can
view and print the files on any system. Fonts do not need to be embedded to use the
Search feature.
Note: If you open a PDF file in which form fields or text boxes contain these languages
but the fonts are not embedded and are not installed on your system, the Updates
command automatically prompts you to download and install the necessary language font
kits.
Printing
Printing Adobe PDF documents
About downloading language-specific fonts
Previewing how colors overprint
Printing over the Internet
Printing Adobe PDF documents
Most of the options in the Adobe Reader Print dialog box are the same as for other
applications. For basic office printing, you start by selecting the printer, page size, page
orientation, and other general printing options in the Print Setup (Windows) or Page Setup
(Mac OS) dialog box.
You can also print an Adobe PDF document to a mobile device over the Internet. (See
Printing over the Internet.)
To print an Adobe PDF document:
1. If necessary, do one of the following:
● To select pages to print, select thumbnails in the Pages tab. You can Ctrl-click (Windows)
or Command-click (Mac OS) thumbnails to select noncontiguous pages, or Shift-click to
select a contiguous range of pages. You can also select a contiguous page range in the
Print dialog box.
To select an area on a page to print, use the Snapshot tool
and drag around the area
you want to print. Adobe Reader copies the selected area to the Clipboard and displays a
message; click OK to close the message box.
2. Choose File > Print Setup (Windows) or File > Page Setup (Mac OS) to set general
printing options. The available options vary with different printers and drivers. See your
printer driver documentation for details.
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6.
Click the Print button
, or choose File > Print.
Choose a printer from the list at the top of the Print dialog box.
(Mac OS) Choose an option from the Presets pop-up menu.
In Windows, click Properties to set printer driver options. In Mac OS, set printer driver
options in the Print Center.
7. In the Adobe Reader Print dialog box, in the Comments And Forms pop-up menu, specify
which visible content prints. The Document option prints document contents and form
fields. Document And Markups prints document contents, form fields, and comments.
Document And Stamps (the default) prints the document, form fields, and stamps, but no
other markups, such as note comments and pencil lines.
8. Select any of the following options, and then click OK (Windows) or Print (Mac OS).
Available options may vary. For example, the Page Order option is available only if you
choose Multiple Pages Per Sheet for Page Scaling.
Current View/Selected Graphic
Prints the page area (including text, comments, and so on) that is visible in the current
view. The option name changes depending on whether you have a page selected (Current
View) or an area on a page selected using the Snapshot tool (Selected Graphic).
Current Page
Prints the page that is visible in the current view.
Pages From/To
Prints a range of pages. In Windows, if the Use Logical Page Numbers option is selected
in Page Display Preferences, you can enter numbers that match the numbering printed on
the pages using roman numerals or actual page numbers. For example, if the first page of
a document is numbered iii, you can enter iii or 1 to print that page.
Page Scaling
Reduces, enlarges, or divides pages when printing. Adobe Reader supports page sizes up
to 15,000,000 inches (38,100,000cm) by 15,000,000 inches (38,100,000cm).
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None prints the upper left or center of a page (if auto-rotated and centered) without
scaling. Pages or selections that don't fit on the paper are cropped.
Fit To Printer Margins reduces or enlarges each page to fit the imageable (or printable)
area of the currently selected paper size. The printer driver determines the imageable area
of the paper.
Reduce To Printer Margins shrinks large pages to fit the currently selected paper size but
does not enlarge small pages. If an area selected is larger than the imageable area of the
currently selected paper, it is scaled to fit the imageable area.
Multiple Pages Per Sheet prints multiple pages on the same sheet of paper. Page rendering
is properly adjusted to the actual paper size, and all rendering is done at the actual
resolution of the output device. When Multiple Pages Per Sheet is selected, you can
specify settings for Pages Per Sheet, Page Order, Print Page Border, and Auto-Rotate
Pages.
Note: Adobe Reader N-up (Multiple Pages Per Sheet) printing works independently from
the N-up printing features of printer drivers. The Adobe Reader print settings do not
reflect the N-up settings of the printer drivers. If the N-up printing features are enabled in
both Adobe Reader and the printer driver, the output is generated by two nested N-up
processes.
Pages Per Sheet
Prints a predefined number of pages, or a custom number (up to 99) horizontally and
vertically during Multiple Pages Per Sheet printing. If you select a predefined number
from the menu, Adobe Reader automatically selects the best paper orientation. Drag the
slider below the Preview to view the individual pages.
Page Order
Defines how the pages are ordered on paper during Multiple Pages Per Sheet printing.
Horizontal places pages from left to right, top to bottom. Horizontal Reversed places
pages from right to left, top to bottom. This page order is suitable for Asian-language
documents. Vertical places pages top to bottom, left to right. Vertical Reversed places top
to bottom, right to left. This page order is suitable for Asian-language documents.
Print Page Border
Draws the crop box (the page boundary of PDF pages) during Multiple Pages Per Sheet
printing.
Auto-Rotate Pages
Adjusts the PDF document's orientation to match the orientation specified in the printer
properties.
Note: The Shrink Large Pages option is always active for Multiple Pages Per Sheet
printing. Therefore, the pages are always resized to fit the available imaging area
regardless of how the Auto-Rotate And Center option is set.
Auto-Rotate And Center
Adjusts the PDF document's orientation to match the orientation specified in the printer
properties and centers the page in the imaging area.
Print To File (Windows)
Creates a device-dependent PostScript file of the document.
Choose Paper Source By PDF Page Size
(Windows) Uses the PDF page size to determine the output tray rather than the page setup
option. This is useful for printing PDF files that contain multiple page sizes on printers
that have different-sized output trays.
Printing Tips
If you are connected to the Internet, this option connects to the Adobe website for
information on how to troubleshoot printing problems.
Advanced
Opens a panel for setting additional printing options. (See Setting advanced print options.)
Related Subtopics:
Setting advanced print options
Setting advanced print options
All of the options in the Advanced Print Setup dialog box are available for PostScript
printers only, except for Print As Image.
To set options in the Advanced Print Setup dialog box:
1. In the Print dialog box, click Advanced. (See Printing Adobe PDF documents.)
2. For Language, specify which level of PostScript to generate for the pages. Choose the
level of PostScript appropriate for your printer.
3. For Font And Resource Policy, specify how fonts and resources in the document are sent
to a printer when those fonts and resources are not present on the printer.
● Send At Start downloads all fonts and resources at the start of the print job. The fonts and
resources remain on the printer until the job has finished printing. This option is the fastest
but uses the most printer memory.
● Send By Range downloads fonts and resources before printing the first page that uses
them, and then discards them when they are no longer needed. This option uses less
printer memory. However, if a PostScript processor reorders the pages later in the
workflow, it might not reorder the font downloading correctly, resulting in missing fonts.
● Send For Each Page downloads all fonts and resources for a given page before the page
prints, and then discards the fonts when the page has finished printing. This option uses
the least printer memory.
4. Do any of the following, and then click OK:
● Select Download Asian Fonts to print documents with Asian fonts that are not installed on
the printer or embedded in the Adobe PDF document. The Asian fonts must be present on
the system in use. (See About downloading language-specific fonts.)
● Select Emit CIDFontType2 As CIDFontType2 (PS Version 2015 And Greater) to preserve
the hinting information in the original font when printing. If this option is not chosen,
CIDFontType2 fonts are converted to CIDFontType0 fonts, which are compatible with a
wider range of printers. This option is available for PostScript 3 and PostScript Level 2
(PostScript version 2015 and later) output devices.
● Select Discolored Background Correction to correct severe discoloration during printing,
such as white backgrounds printing as yellow.
● If normal printing doesn't produce the desired results, select Print As Image to print pages
as bitmap images. Print As Image resolves many problems associated with printing to
desktop printers.This option is not available for QuickDraw (Mac OS) printing.
About downloading language-specific fonts
Select the Download Asian fonts option in the Advanced Print Setup dialog box if you
want to print an Adobe PDF document with Asian fonts, but the fonts are not installed on
the printer or embedded in the document. (Embedded fonts are downloaded whether or
not this option is selected.) You can use this option with a PostScript Level 2 or higher
printer. In Adobe Reader, Asian fonts are installed on demand if you open a PDF
document containing them.
If Download Asian Fonts is not selected, the PDF document prints correctly only if the
referenced fonts are installed on the printer. If the printer has similar fonts, the printer
substitutes those. If there are no suitable fonts on the printer, Courier is used for the text.
If Download Asian Fonts does not produce the results you want, print the PDF document
as a bitmap image. Printing a document as an image may take longer than using a
substituted printer font.
Note: Some fonts cannot be downloaded to a printer, either because the font is a bitmap or
because font embedding is restricted in that document. In these cases, a substitute font is
used for printing, and the printed output may not match the screen display.
Previewing how colors overprint
Overprint Preview mode lets you see (on-screen) the effects of ink aliasing in the printed
output. Spot colors aliased to other spot colors or to process colors are reflected directly in
the open document.
To preview how colors will overprint and blend:
1. With the PDF file open, choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader >
Preferences (Mac OS) and select Page Display on the left.
2. Select Overprint Preview.
Printing over the Internet
You can send open Adobe PDF documents to printers and fax machines in the PrintMe
network or securely store PDF files online for on-demand printing.
To print over the Internet:
1. Save the document, and then choose File > PrintMe Internet Printing.
2. Follow the instructions in the URL provided.
FORMS
About Adobe PDF forms
About Adobe PDF forms
An Adobe PDF form is an electronic-based document that can collect data from a user and
then send that data via email or the web. A PDF form can contain static or interactive
form fields; interactive form fields let the user fill in the form using their computer, while
static form fields must be printed and filled in by hand. Users who fill in a PDF form that
contains interactive form fields using Adobe Acrobat Professional or Adobe Acrobat
Standard can save their form data along with the PDF form; Adobe Reader users can save
only a blank copy of the PDF form, unless the form author added special usage rights.
It's easy to create electronic PDF forms using Adobe Designer or Adobe Acrobat
Professional. You can design and create an entirely new form, or you can quickly convert
your existing paper and electronic forms to PDF and then add PDF form fields.
There are three types of Adobe PDF forms:
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Fill-and-print PDF forms are typically digital presentations of paper forms. Fill-and-print
forms may contain interactive form fields or static form fields; either way, the user must
manually deliver the form, such as via postal mail or fax machine.
Submit-by-email PDF forms contain a button that either extracts the form data from the
PDF form and attaches that data to an email message or attaches the complete PDF
document.
Submit on-line PDF forms contain a button that sends the form data to an on-line
repository, such as a database.
Related Subtopics:
Elements of an Adobe Acrobat PDF form
Setting Forms preferences
Elements of an Adobe Acrobat PDF form
A PDF form created by Acrobat Professional can contain the following form elements:
Button
Can specify an action, such as opening a file, playing a sound, or submitting data to a web
server.
Check boxes
Presents a group of choices from which you can typically select one or more items.
Combo box
Presents a list of items in a pop-up menu for you to choose from or lets you enter your
own values.
Document Message Bar
Displays information about the PDF form and displays tools.
List box
Displays an entire list of options that you can scroll through and from which you may be
able to select more than one item.
Radio buttons
Present a group of choices from which you can typically only select one item.
Text field
Lets you fill in text such as name, address, and phone number.
Digital signature field
Lets you electronically sign a PDF document with a digital signature.
Adobe Acrobat PDF form A. Combo box B. Digital Signature field C. Text boxes D. Forms
Document Message Bar E. Check boxes F. Radio buttons G. List box H. Buttons
Setting Forms preferences
To control various aspects of your interaction with form fields, use the Forms preferences.
To set Forms preferences:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
select Forms on the left.
2. To set the General forms preferences, select any of the following:
● To automatically perform all field calculations upon user entry, select Automatically
Calculate Field Values.
● To display which form field currently has the focus, select Show Focus Rectangle.
● To retain forms data in the Internet browser, select Keep Forms Data Temporarily
Available On Disk.
● To display a plus sign (+) indicating when text fields exceed the bounds specified when
the fields were created, select Show Text Field Overflow Indicator.
● To hide the forms document message bar by default whenever a PDF form is opened in
Reader, select that option.
3. To set the Highlight Color forms preferences, do any of the following:
● To display a black outline around a form field when you place the pointer over that form
field, select Show Border Hover Color For Fields.
● If you want to change the color that appears in the background of all form fields when you
select Highlight Fields in a PDF form's Document Message Bar, click the Fields Highlight
Color button to select a color.
● To display a particular color border around form fields that the form creator has made
required, click the button next to Required Fields Highlight Color, and select a color. The
color appears in required form fields only after you attempt to submit the form.
For information on using the Auto-Complete preferences, see Completing fields
automatically.
Filling in Adobe PDF Forms
About completing Adobe PDF forms
Completing Adobe PDF forms
Importing and exporting form data
Emailing completed forms
About completing Adobe PDF forms
Adobe PDF forms can be noninteractive or interactive. Noninteractive PDF forms must be
printed in order to be filled in, while interactive PDF forms contain form fields you can
fill in on-screen. A PDF form is made interactive if the creator of the PDF form set up the
document with appropriate form fields and properties in Adobe Designer, Adobe Acrobat
Professional, Acrobat Content Server, or even Adobe® GoLive® CS.
You can print a PDF form but you can't save the data that you enter into the PDF form,
unless the form author included additional usage rights in the PDF file. Instead, you can
submit the form data via email or the web if the PDF author provided these options.
Completing Adobe PDF forms
If a PDF form contains interactive form fields, you can fill in the form with the Basic
toolbar's Hand tool. When you place the Hand tool pointer over an interactive form field,
the pointer icon changes from the Hand icon
Pointing Hand Plus icon
, the Arrow icon
to the Pointing Hand icon
, or an I-beam icon
, the
. If the form fields
aren't interactive, the Hand tool's pointer icon
doesn't change; instead, you can print a
noninteractive PDF form and fill it out by hand.
Note: Data you enter into a fillable form isn't saved with the PDF form, unless the PDF
document contains special usage rights. Instead, you can print the form you've filled in or
use the form's submit button if one is provided by the form creator.
Some text fields are dynamic, which means they automatically resize to
accommodate the amount of data you enter and can span across pages. (See About form
fields that span multiple pages and About typing in forms with barcodes.)
To fill out an interactive form:
1. Select the Hand tool
.
2. If you want to make form fields easier to identify in the PDF file, do any of the following
in the Document Message Bar if the option appears:
● To display a light blue color in the background of all form fields, select Highlight Fields.
● To display a red outline around all form fields that you're required to fill, select Highlight
Required Fields. (This option appears only if the PDF form contains required fields.)
3. Click inside a form field. The I-beam pointer allows you to type text; the Arrow icon
lets you select an item in a list box; the Pointing Finger icon
or the Pointing Hand Plus
icon , lets you select a button, a check box, a radio button, or an item from a list.
4. After entering text or making a selection, do any of the following:
● Press Tab or Shift+Tab to accept the form field change and go to the next or previous field.
● Press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS) to accept the text form field change and
deselect the current field. If the current field is a check box, pressing Enter or Return turns
the check box on or off. In a multiline text form field, pressing Enter or Return creates a
paragraph return in the same form field. You can use Enter on the keypad to accept the
change.
● Press the Up or Left Arrow key to select the previous radio button in a group of radio
buttons, or press the Down or Right Arrow key to select the next radio button.
● Press Esc to reject the form field change and deselect the current form field. If you are in
Full Screen mode, pressing Esc a second time causes you to exit Full Screen mode.
5. Once you have filled in the appropriate form fields, do one of the following:
● Click the submit form button, if one exists. Clicking this button sends the form data to a
database across the web or over your company intranet.
● Choose File > Save As, and rename the file to save the form without the data you entered.
● Print the form. (See Printing Adobe PDF documents.)
For information about how to fill in a digital signature form field, see About signing PDF
documents.
To clear a form in a browser:
Do one of the following:
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Select the reset form button, if one exists. You cannot undo this action.
Quit the browser, and start again.
Clicking the web browser's Reload or Refresh button or the Go Back button, or following
a link in a browser window, may not clear a form.
Related Subtopics:
Completing fields automatically
About form fields that span multiple pages
About typing in forms with barcodes
Spell-checking text in forms
Completing fields automatically
You can use the Auto-Complete Forms preferences to save time when filling in forms. If
the first few characters you type in a form field match something you've typed in a
previous form field, the Auto-Complete feature either displays a list of the most probable
matches or automatically enters a very probable match for you.
To set Auto-Complete preferences:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
select Forms on the left.
2. Choose an option from the Auto-Complete pop-up menu. When you choose an option, the
box below the option describes the effect of the selected option.
3. If you want to include numerical characters in the auto-complete memory, select
Remember Numerical Data.
To delete one or more Auto-Complete entries from storage:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
select Forms from the list.
2. Click Edit Entry List.
3. In the Auto-Complete Entry List dialog box, do one of the following, and click Yes in the
confirmation dialog box:
● To remove all of the entries, click Remove All.
● To remove only some of the entries, select the entries and click Remove. Shift-click to
select multiple adjacent entries, or Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) to
select multiple nonadjacent entries.
About form fields that span multiple pages
Dynamic PDF forms can contain a dynamic text field that grows in size to accommodate
the data you've entered into it; if necessary, the field may span onto the next page. A scroll
bar appears in dynamic text fields when the data you enter exceeds the current size of the
field; when you're finished entering data and the field is deactivated, the text field expands
to display all of the entered data. If you want to continue editing a dynamic text field that
spans across more than one page, you can begin editing the field on either page; you'll
have access to all of the text in the box, no matter which page the text appears on.
Entering text in a form field that spans across two pages
About typing in forms with barcodes
PDF forms can contain barcode form fields that the creator of the PDF document added
for various identification purposes, such as for an inventory of products. Barcode fields
are either static or interactive. Interactive barcode fields that are created in Adobe
Designer automatically encode the data that's entered into the form fields. The process of
filling in an interactive PDF form that contains a static or interactive barcode is no
different from filling in any other interactive PDF form.
Static barcode (left) and interactive barcode (right) created in Adobe Designer
Spell-checking text in forms
You can spell-check the text you typed in form fields. However, you cannot check the
spelling of text in the underlying Adobe PDF document. (To do that, use the source
application to spell-check the document before you create the PDF document.)
Unrecognized words appear underlined after you type them. You can edit these words in
context, or you can open the Check Spelling dialog box.
To change a single misspelled word:
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the word in the form field, and then
choose the correct word from the list of alternatives.
To spell-check text in forms:
1. Do one of the following to open the Check Spelling dialog box:
● In Reader, choose Edit > Check Spelling > In Comments and Form Fields.
● In a web browser or in Reader, click the Spell Check Comments And Form Fields
in the Edit toolbar.
button
2. Click Start to begin the spell check.
When a word that may be misspelled is found, it appears under Word Not Found.
Suggested corrections appear under Suggestions.
3. Do one of the following. The next unrecognized word (if any) is highlighted. Repeat this
step until the Restart button appears.
● Edit the unrecognized word in the Word Not Found box. To undo your change, click
Undo Edit. To accept your change, click Change.
● Double-click a word from the Suggestions box to select a correction, or select the word,
and click Change to replace the unrecognized word. Click Change All to replace every
instance of the unrecognized word with the selected suggestion.
● Click Ignore if you don't want to change that instance of the word, or click Ignore All to
ignore every instance of the word.
● Click Add if you want to add the word to your personal dictionary.
4. Click Done when you are finished with the spell check.
To specify and edit a language dictionary:
1. Choose Edit > Check Spelling > Edit Dictionary.
2. From the Dictionary menu, choose the language dictionary you want to use.
3. If you want to edit the dictionary, do any of the following:
● To remove words you've added to the dictionary, select the word from the Entry list, and
click Delete.
● To add words to the dictionary, enter a word in the Entry box, and click Add.
● To change a word, select the word in the Entry list, edit the word in the Entry box, and
then click Change.
4. Click Done.
Importing and exporting form data
If the author of the Adobe PDF document enabled special usage rights, you can export the
form data that you entered to a separate file. Exporting form data lets you save the existing
data separate from the PDF file, which you can then send via email or the Internet. You
can save the form data as a tab-separated text file, Forms Data Format (FDF), or in XFDF
(XML-based FDF files). The exported file will be considerably smaller than the original
PDF file. A smaller file is preferable for archiving or sharing data electronically. You can
also import data from the exported file into another form if that form has fields with the
same names.
You can also import file data from a text file. Each row in the text file must be tabdelimited to create columns, as in a table. When a row of data is imported, each cell
becomes the value of the form field that corresponds to the column name.
Note: You cannot export or import data in Adobe Reader unless the Adobe PDF file has
special usage rights assigned.
To export form data to a file:
1. Open the Adobe PDF form and fill it out.
2. Choose File > Form Data > Export Data From Form.
3. Specify a location and filename, and then click Save.
To import form data from a file:
1. Open the Adobe PDF form.
2. Choose File > Form Data > Import Data To Form.
3. Select a file, and click Select.
Note: If you import form data from a form that does not match the form you are importing
into, only the form fields that match are updated, and those that do not match are ignored.
Existing text in text form fields is replaced if you import data to those fields.
Emailing completed forms
PDF forms can contain an email-based submit button that exports the information that you
entered into the PDF form, which you must then email with your own email application.
You have the option to email the PDF with a desktop or web-based email application, or
you can submit the form data at a later time.
Note: If the PDF form doesn't contain an email-based submit button, it may have a submit
button that sends the form data via the web or some other service.
To submit an email-based PDF form:
1. After you've filled in the PDF form, click the Submit button on the PDF form.
2. In the Select Email Client dialog box, select the option that best describes how you send
email; then click OK:
● Desktop Email Application, such as Microsoft Outlook or Eudora. For next steps, see
Submitting PDF forms with a desktop email application.
● Internet Email for web browser-based services, such as Microsoft Hotmail or Yahoo mail.
For next steps, see Submitting PDF forms with a web-based email service.
● Other if your email application or service isn't available or you don't know which option
to choose. For next steps, see Submitting a PDF form at a different time.
Related Subtopics:
Submitting PDF forms with a desktop email application
Submitting PDF forms with a web-based email service
Submitting a PDF form at a different time
Submitting PDF forms with a desktop email application
When you click an email-based submit button in a PDF form, you have the option to
submit the form data with your preferred desktop email application.
To submit a PDF form with a desktop email application:
1. Click the submit or return form button on the PDF form.
2. In the Select Email Client dialog box, select Desktop Email Application; then click OK.
3. In the Send Data File dialog box, click Print Form if you want a copy of the filled-in form;
then click Send Data File.
Your default email application displays a new email message with the To, Subject, Body,
and Attachment fields automatically filled in.
4. Use your email application to send the email.
5. Click Close in the Email Confirmation dialog box.
Submitting PDF forms with a web-based email service
When you click an email-based submit button in a PDF form, you have the option to
submit the form data with a web-based email service.
To submit a PDF form with a web-based email service:
1. Click the submit or return form button on the PDF form. If the form fields are blank, the
Email A Blank Copy Of This Form dialog box appears; click Email A Blank Copy.
2. In the Select Email Client dialog box, select Internet Email; then click OK.
3. In the Sending The Data File dialog box, click Save Data File.
4. In the Save Data File dialog box, choose a location on your computer to save the file; then
click Save.
5. Open a new browser window, log in to your web-based email service, and use your
service to create a new blank email.
6. In the Sending The Data File dialog box in Adobe Reader, select the value in the To field;
then right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS), and choose Copy.
7. In your blank email message in your Internet email service, click in the To field and paste
the data you copied. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the Subject and Message Text fields.
8. Use your Internet email service to attach the data file (that you saved in step 4) to your
email message.
9. If you want a copy of the filled-in form, click Print Form in the Sending The Data File
dialog box in Adobe Reader.
10. Click Close in the Sending The Data File dialog box.
Submitting a PDF form at a different time
When you click an email-based submit button in a PDF form, you have the option to not
submit the form data and instead to save the form data on your computer to send at a
different time.
To submit a PDF form at a different time:
1. Click the Submit or Return Form button on the PDF form. If the form fields are blank, the
Email A Blank Copy Of This Form dialog box appears; click Email A Blank Copy.
2. In the Select Email Client dialog box, select Other, and then click OK.
3. In the Sending The Data File dialog box, click Save Data File.
4. In the Save Data File dialog box, choose a location on your computer to save the file; then
click Save.
5. Write down the values that appear in the To, Subject, and Message Text fields so you can
use them later when you want to email the form data.
6. If you want a copy of the filled-in form, click Print Form in the Sending The Data File
dialog box in Adobe Reader.
7. Click Close in the Sending The Data File dialog box.
8. When you want to submit the PDF form, create a new email message in your email
application. Enter the To, Subject, and Message Text values that you wrote down in step
5. Use your email application to attach the data file that you saved in step 4; then send the
email.
REVIEW AND MARKUP
Types of review workflows
Reviewing documents with additional usage rights
Tool operation basics
Using email in a review
Using the Tracker
Types of review workflows
In Adobe Reader 7.0, you can review and add comments to PDF documents that contain
additional usage rights. You may receive an email attachment for review in one of the
following types of workflows:
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Tracked email-based reviews.
Tracked browser-based reviews. You must have access to a shared server to participate in
this type of review.
In both review workflows, you add your comments to the PDF document using tools in
the Commenting toolbar. However, during an email-based review, you send the document
with comments back to the review initiator via email. In a browser-based review, you
upload your comments to a server.
Reviewing documents with additional usage rights
If the initiator includes additional usage rights to a PDF document, you can participate in
an email-based or browser-based review, provided that you use the full version of Adobe
Reader 7.0. When you open a PDF document with commenting rights in Adobe Reader,
the Save command and Commenting tools are available, and a Document Message Bar
appears in the document's heading. (See About Adobe PDF documents with additional
usage rights.)
Tool operation basics
Adobe Reader provides all the tools you need to participate in a PDF document review.
When you open a PDF document in a review, it includes a Document Message Bar with
instructions for you to complete the review. The Commenting toolbar appears with a
number of tools and menus that you can use to add comments. If the review initiator
specified markup tools while setting up the review, the Drawing Markup toolbar may also
appear. (See About adding comments.) The Commenting toolbar includes a button for you
to send your comments back to the initiator, and to other reviewers, if you wish, when
you're finished. The How To window provides additional information to help you add
your comments and return your feedback to the initiator. (See Using the How To pages.)
Note: When you open a PDF document in a browser-based review, the commenting tools
and Document Message Bar do not appear until the PDF document is authenticated. This
process may require several seconds, during which the PDF document itself can be
viewed.
Using email in a review
To participate in reviews, you must have an email application and mail server connection.
Adobe Reader works with most email applications. Although you can't initiate reviews in
Adobe Reader, you can send an email message from Adobe Reader with an Adobe PDF
document as an attachment.
If more than one email application is installed on your system, Adobe Reader may try to
start the application you don't normally use when sending a PDF document as an
attachment. If this occurs, do one of the following:
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(Windows) Double-click Internet Options in the Windows Control Panel. In the Internet
Properties dialog box, select the Programs tab, and then select your email application of
choice.
(Windows) Change the MAPI settings in your email application. In Windows, Adobe
Reader uses the Messaging Application Program Interface (MAPI) to communicate with
your email application. Most email applications come with MAPI settings to handle this
communication. For more information on configuring your email applications, see the
email application's online Help.
(Mac OS) In Mail (the email application that's included with Mac OS), choose File >
Preferences, select General, and then choose the email application you want to use from
the Default Email Reader pop-up menu. Restart Adobe Reader for the changes to take
effect. If your application is not listed, choose Select from the menu, and browse to the
location. (Be aware that if you select an application that is not listed in the Default Email
Reader menu, Adobe Reader may not support your application.)
Contact the person who administers your email account for help.
Once you've verified that Adobe Reader works with your email application, you can send
your comments as a PDF attachment.
Using the Tracker
The Tracker window keeps a list of all the document reviews that you participate in,
including the email addresses of the initiator and other reviewers, and the date you
received the review invitation. You can use the Tracker to open PDF documents currently
in review, and to keep a record of reviews you've completed and review documents that
you've taken offline.
To open the Tracker window:
Choose View > Tracker.
Using Commenting Tools
About adding comments
Selecting tools to add comments
Adding note comments
Indicating text edits
Highlighting, crossing out, and underlining text
Adding stamps
Marking up documents using drawing tools
Adding comments in a text box
Using the Callout tool
Using the Pencil tool
Using the Dimensioning tool
Adding attachments as comments
Spell-checking comments
Changing the appearance of comments
About adding comments
A comment refers to a note, highlighting, stamps, and any other markup that you've added
to an Adobe PDF document using the commenting tools. A note is the most commonly
used comment. In Adobe Reader, you can add comments only if additional usage rights
that enable commenting are added to the PDF document by Adobe Acrobat 7.0
Professional or Acrobat server products. Otherwise, commenting tools aren't available.
(See About Adobe PDF documents with additional usage rights.) If commenting is
enabled, you can place comments anywhere in the document, and you can determine the
style and format of the comment.
Note: If commenting is enabled in a PDF document that is not part of a review workflow,
you must save the PDF document to your local hard drive to add comments; commenting
tools won't be available in the browser window.
The tools you use to create comments are located on the Commenting and Drawing
Markups toolbars. These toolbars are listed under the Tools menu and the Comment &
Markup pop-up menu. The Note tool lets you add the equivalent of a sticky note to your
Adobe PDF document. Other tools let you add stamps, drawing markups, or text-edit
comments that indicate where you want text to be added or deleted. You can paste copied
text and images into a PDF document, or attach a separate file or audio clip. Note,
however, that only files that are attached by using the Commenting toolbar are tracked
with other comments in a document review. You can change the default appearance of
comments before or after you add them. (See Changing the appearance of comments.)
Commenting and Drawing Markups toolbars A. Note tool B. Text Edit tools C. Stamp tools D.
Highlighter, Cross-Out Text, and Underline Text tools E. Attach A File As A Comment tools F.
Callout tool G. Cloud tool H. Arrow tool I. Dimensioning tool J. Text Box tool
Selecting tools to add comments
If commenting is enabled, one or more toolbars appear over the document pane when you
open the PDF document. The tool you want may appear on the toolbar or may be available
by expanding a pop-up menu on the toolbar. After you make an initial comment, the tool
changes to the Hand tool so that you can move, resize or edit your comment. (The
exceptions are the Pencil, Highlighting, and Line tools, which stay selected.) To add
multiple comments without reselecting the tool, change the tool properties to keep the tool
selected.
To select a tool to add a comment:
1. If the Commenting toolbar is hidden, do one of the following:
● Click the Comment & Markup button. The button is unavailable when the Commenting
toolbar is open.
● Choose View > Toolbars > Commenting.
● Choose Tools > Commenting > Show Commenting Toolbar.
2. In the Commenting toolbar, click the tool or choose a tool from the tool's pop-up menu.
Note: If the menu selection has a checkmark beside it, or if the menu option is Hide
Commenting Toolbar, the toolbar is already open.
To keep a commenting tool selected for repeated use:
1. Select the tool you want to use. (Don't use it yet to add a comment.)
2. Choose View > Toolbars > Properties Bar. (The Properties toolbar name changes with
each tool selection.)
3. In the Properties toolbar, select Keep Tool Selected.
To select a tool to add a markup:
1. If the Drawing Markups toolbar is hidden, do one of the following:
● Choose Show Drawing Markups Toolbar from the Comment & Markup pop-up menu.
● Choose View > Toolbars > Drawing Markups.
● Choose Tools > Drawing Markups > Show Drawing Markups Toolbar.
2. Click the tool on the Drawing Markups toolbar or choose a tool from the tool's pop-up
menu.
Adding note comments
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document, you can use the Note tool to add notes on
any page in the document, and position them anywhere on the page. (See Reviewing
documents with additional usage rights.) A note comment is the most frequently used
comment. When you add a note comment, a note icon and a pop-up window appear. You
can add bold, italics, and other attributes to text in a pop-up window, similar to formatting
text in a word-processing application. If you enter more text than is visible in the pop-up
window, the text scrolls. You can also resize the window, if desired, or change the icon
and color by editing the note properties.
Note comments include two parts: A. Note icon, or markup B. Pop-up window
To add a note comment:
1. Do one of the following:
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Select the Note tool
in the Commenting toolbar, and click where you want to place
the note, or drag to create a custom-sized window.
Choose Add A Note from the Comment & Markup menu.
2. Type the text for the note in the pop-up window. You can also use the Select tool
to
copy and paste text from a PDF document into the note.
3. (Optional) Click the close box in the upper right corner of the pop-up window to close the
note. Closing the pop-up window does not delete your text.
To edit a note comment:
1. Click or double-click the note icon to open the pop-up window.
2. Do any of the following:
● Edit the text as needed. When you are finished, click the close box in the upper right
corner of the pop-up window, or click outside the pop-up window.
● Choose Properties from the Options menu to change text formatting, note color, and other
note properties. (See Changing the appearance of comments.)
To resize a pop-up window, drag the lower right corner of the window to the
appropriate size.
To delete a note comment:
1. Select the Note tool
, or the Hand tool
.
2. Do one of the following:
● Select the note icon, and then press Delete.
● Double-click the note icon to open the pop-up window, and choose Delete from the
Options menu.
Indicating text edits
If commenting is enabled in an Adobe PDF document, you can use text edit comments to
indicate where text should be edited in the source file. (See Reviewing documents with
additional usage rights.) These text edit comments do not change the actual text in the
PDF document. Instead, they indicate which text should be deleted, inserted, or replaced
in the source file from which the Adobe PDF document was created. Text in the document
marked to be deleted appears crossed out. Text to be inserted appears in a pop-up window,
and a caret indicates where the text is to be inserted. You can also highlight or underline
selected text.
To indicate where text should be inserted:
1. On the Commenting toolbar, choose the Indicate Text Edits tool
from the Text Edits
pop-up menu.
2. Click between the words or characters where you want to insert text.
3. Do any of the following:
● Choose Insert Text At Cursor from the Text Edits pop-up menu.
● Type the text you want to insert, or choose Insert Text At Cursor from the Text Edits popup menu and then, in the pop-up window that appears, type the text to be inserted.
● To indicate that a new paragraph should be added, press Enter or Return, and then close
the pop-up window without adding text. The paragraph insertion caret appears.
● To indicate that a space should be added, press the spacebar, and then close the pop-up
window without adding text. The space insertion caret
appears.
You can also indicate text edits by using the Select tool
to select text or place
from the Text Edits
the pointer, and then choose the Insert Text At Cursor command
pop-up menu on the Commenting toolbar. You can also right-click (Windows) or Controlclick (Mac OS) selected text, and then choose Replace Text (Comment).
To indicate where text should be replaced:
1. On the Commenting toolbar, choose the Indicate Text Edits tool
from the Text Edits
pop-up menu.
2. Select the text you want to replace.
3. Press Enter or Return, or choose Replace Selected Text from the Text Edits pop-up menu,
and then do one of the following:
● Type the text to be inserted or added. This text appears in a pop-up window. Any selected
text is crossed out. The insertion caret appears.
● To indicate that a new paragraph should be added, close the pop-up window without
adding text. The paragraph insertion caret appears.
To indicate which text should be deleted:
1. On the Commenting toolbar, choose the Indicate Text Edits tool
from the Text Edits
pop-up menu.
2. Select the text, and then press Backspace or Delete, or choose the Cross Out Text For
Deletion command
from the Text Edits pop-up menu.
To associate a note with a text edit:
Using the Indicate Text Edits tool
, select the text, and then choose Add Note To
Selected Text from the Text Edits pop-up menu on the Commenting toolbar.
To delete text edit markups:
Do one of the following:
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Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the markup, such as the highlighting or
cross-out, and then choose Delete.
Select the Hand tool
, click the markup, and then press Delete.
If markup comments are stacked, use the Comments List to delete the markups. (See
Using the Comments List.)
Highlighting, crossing out, and underlining text
If commenting is enabled in an Adobe PDF document, you can use the Highlight Text
tool, the Cross-Out Text tool, and the Underline Text tool to add comments. Select these
tools from the Commenting toolbar or from the Highlighting toolbar. You can use these
comments by themselves or in conjunction with notes. For example, you may want to
highlight a section of text and then double-click the markup to add text in a pop-up
window.
To highlight, cross out, or underline text:
1. On the Commenting toolbar, select the Highlight Text tool
, the Cross-Out Text
tool
, or the Underline Text tool
.
2. Drag from the beginning of the text you want to mark up. Ctrl-drag (Windows) or Optiondrag (Mac OS) to mark up a rectangular area of text. This is especially useful to mark up
text in a column.
To delete a highlight, cross out, or underline markup:
Do one of the following:
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Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the markup, such as a highlight or
cross-out, and then choose Delete.
With the Highlight Text, Cross-Out Text, or Underline Text tool still selected, click the
markup, and then press Delete.
Select the Hand tool
, click the markup, and then press Delete.
If markup comments are placed on top of one another, use the Comments List to delete the
markups. (See Using the Comments List.)
You can view the author and text of a highlight comment without opening the popup window: Pass the pointer over the comment while the highlighting tool or Hand tool is
selected.
Adding stamps
If commenting is enabled in an Adobe PDF document, you can use the Stamp tool to
apply a stamp to a document in much the same way you use a rubber stamp on a paper
document. You can choose from a list of stamps or create your own custom stamp.
Dynamic stamps obtain information from your system and from the Identity panel of the
Preferences dialog box, allowing you to indicate name, date, and time information on the
stamp.
To stamp a document:
1. From the Stamp Tool menu
add to your document.
on the Commenting toolbar, select the stamp you want to
Note: Clicking the Stamp tool selects the stamp that was most recently used.
2. Click the document page where you want to place the stamp at its default size, or drag a
rectangle to define the size and placement of the stamp.
To edit a stamp:
1. Select the Hand tool
.
2. Do any of the following:
● To move a stamp, drag it to a new location.
● To resize the stamp, click it, and then drag a corner handle.
● To delete a stamp, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the stamp, and then
choose Delete.
● To change the stamp's opacity or the color of its pop-up window, right-click (Windows) or
Control-click (Mac OS) the stamp, and choose Properties. Use the Appearance tab to
change the opacity or color.
To move a stamp to the favorites list:
1. Using the Hand tool, select the stamp.
2. Choose Favorites > Add Current Stamp To Favorites from the Stamp Tool menu on the
Commenting toolbar.
Related Subtopics:
Creating custom stamps
Deleting custom stamps
Creating custom stamps
If commenting is enabled in an Adobe PDF document, you can create a custom stamp
from any PDF file. When you select a file to be used for the stamp, you must create a
category to store the stamp. If you want to add an image to a PDF document one time
only, simply paste the image into the document. Pasted images have the same
characteristics as other stamp comments; each includes a pop-up window and editable
properties.
To create a custom stamp:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
From the Stamp Tool menu
on the Commenting toolbar, choose Show Stamps Palette.
Choose a stamp category from the pop-up menu at the top.
Click Import, select the file you want to use, and then click Select.
If the file has more than one page, scroll to the page you want, and then click OK.
Choose a category from the pop-up menu, or type a name to create a new category, name
the custom stamp, and then click OK.
To edit a custom stamp:
1. From the Stamp Tool menu
on the Commenting toolbar, choose Show Stamps Palette.
2. Choose the stamp category, and then right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the
stamp, and choose Edit from the pop-up menu.
3. Edit the category or name of the stamp, or replace the image, and then click OK.
Deleting custom stamps
Use the Stamps palette to delete custom stamps and stamp categories. You can delete only
custom stamps that you created, not the predefined stamps. When you delete a stamp, the
stamp is removed from the Stamp Tool menu, but the stamp file is not deleted.
To delete stamps:
1. From the Stamp Tool menu
on the Commenting toolbar, choose Show Stamps Palette.
2. Choose the stamp category, and then right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the
stamp, and choose Delete from the pop-up menu.
Note: Deleting all stamps in a custom stamp category deletes the custom category.
Marking up documents using drawing tools
If commenting is enabled in the current Adobe PDF document, you can use the drawing
tools to mark up a document with lines, circles, and other shapes, called drawing markups.
You can also add a note to any drawing markup. When selecting a drawing tool, consider
the effect you want:
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The Rectangle tool
, the Oval tool
you create simple shapes.
The Polygon tool
tool
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, the Arrow tool
, and the Line tool
let
creates a closed shape with multiple segments. The Polygonal Line
creates an open shape with multiple segments.
The Pencil tool
creates free-form drawings and the Pencil Eraser tool
pencil drawing lines that you select.
removes
The Dimensioning tool
lets you create lines with special properties that measure
dimensions in the PDF document.
To use the drawing tools to create a comment:
1. To select a drawing tool, choose one of the following:
● Tools > Drawing Markups > [drawing tool] or Show Drawing Toolbar.
● Comment & Markup > Drawing Markups Tools > Show Drawing Toolbar.
2. Add a markup to the PDF document:
● If you're drawing a rectangle or oval, drag across the area where you want the drawing
comment to appear.
● If you're drawing a line, drag across the area where you want the line to appear.
● If you're drawing a polygon or polygon line, click a starting point, move the pointer and
click to create a segment of the polygon, and then continue clicking to create segments of
the polygon. When you finish drawing a polygon, click the starting point or double-click
to close the shape. Double-click to end a polygon line.
To draw a straight or diagonal line, a square, or a circle, press Shift while you draw
the markup. Make sure that you don't release Shift before you release the mouse button.
3. Using the Hand tool, double-click the markup to open the pop-up window, and type a note.
4. (Optional) Click the Close box in the pop-up window. A note icon appears to the right of
the markup to indicate the presence of text in the pop-up window.
To delete a drawing comment:
Do one of the following:
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Select the drawing markup, and press Delete.
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the drawing comment, and then choose
Delete.
To change the appearance of a drawing comment:
Do one of the following:
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Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the drawing comment, and then choose
Properties. Change options on the Appearance tab.
Using the Hand tool
, select the drawing comment. Right-click (Windows) or Controlclick (Mac OS) the toolbar area, and then choose Properties Bar. Specify options in the
Properties toolbar to change the appearance of the selected shape.
For more information on changing comment properties, see Changing the appearance of
comments.
Related Subtopics:
Grouping markups
Grouping markups
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document, you can group two or more markups
together so that your comments function as a single comment. You might group your
markups temporarily to move them to a new location or to modify their properties rather
than editing each one individually. Grouping also helps to distinguish your markups from
other reviewers' markups in a document review.
Note: You cannot group text edit markups.
To group markups:
1. Using the Hand tool, select a markup.
2. Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) to select all the markups you want to
group.
3. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) anywhere in the selection and choose
Group from the pop-up menu.
To ungroup markups:
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the grouped selection and choose
Ungroup from the pop-up menu.
Adding comments in a text box
If commenting is enabled in an Adobe PDF document, you can use the Text Box tool
to create a box that contains text in an Adobe PDF document. You can position it
anywhere on the page and adjust it to any size. A text box comment remains visible on the
document page; it does not close like a note comment.
Another way to add a text box comment is to simply paste text that you copied into the
PDF document. Text font and size uses the system default settings. To create a text box
comment with a point line, use the Callout tool (see Using the Callout tool).
Text box comment
Note: You can add comments to Japanese, Chinese, and Korean text with the Text Box
tool, but you must have the Asian-language resource files installed. Text boxes allow only
horizontal text.
To add a text box comment:
1. Select the Text Box tool
from the Drawing Markups toolbar.
2. Click in the PDF document to create a default-sized text box, or drag a rectangle to define
the boundaries of the text box.
3. Use the Properties toolbar to change the color, alignment, and font attributes of the text
you type, and then type the text. The text box expands horizontally to fit the text until you
press Return or Enter. If the Properties toolbar is not visible, right-click (Windows) or
Control-click (Mac OS) the toolbar area, and then choose Properties Bar.
4. Do any of the following:
● Click the text box to select it. Use the Properties toolbar to change the border and fill
options.
● Double-click the text box to edit the text or to change the text attributes. Drag across text
to select it, and then select options from the Properties toolbar. When you're finished, you
may want to close the Properties toolbar.
● To change additional properties, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the text
box, and then choose Properties.
● To delete the text box, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the text box, and
then choose Delete.
To resize a text box comment, select the text box using the Hand tool
Text Box tool, and then drag one of the corners.
To add a text box comment by pasting text:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Select and copy text in any text-editing application.
In Adobe Reader, select the Hand tool.
Choose Edit > Paste.
To resize the window, drag any corner.
or the
Using the Callout tool
If commenting is enabled in an Adobe PDF document, you can create text box comments
that point to specific areas of the document by using the Callout tool. Callout markups are
especially useful when you want to single out--but not obscure--a particular area of the
document. Callout markups have three parts: a text box, knee line, and end point line. You
can resize each part by dragging a handle; the knee line can be resized only horizontally.
The text box grows as you type so that all text remains visible.
To move a callout markup, you must move the text box and the end point line
independently. The text box moves around a stationary anchor point; the anchor point is
located at the end of the end point line and is created when you first click in the PDF
document. You can modify the color and appearance of the text box, and add arrows or
leaders to the end point line.
To add a Callout text comment:
1. Select the Callout tool
from the Drawing Markups toolbar.
2. Do one of the following:
● Click where you want the end point to appear. A default-sized box appears.
● Drag to create a custom-sized text box.
● Shift-drag to create a square, custom-sized text box.
3. In the Callout text box, enter text.
4. (Optional) To resize the markup, select the markup so that handles appear, and then drag
any of the handles.
5. (Optional) To move the callout markup, do one of the following:
● Drag the text box.
● Drag the end of the end point line.
6. (Optional) Change the color, opacity, line, or arrow characteristics in the Properties
toolbar or the Properties dialog box. (See Changing the appearance of comments.)
Callout text box
Using the Pencil tool
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document, you can use the Pencil tool to draw free
form lines. Use the Pencil Eraser tool to erase parts of the pencil markups that you drew.
To sketch with the Pencil tool:
1. Select the Pencil tool
from the Arrow menu on the Drawing toolbar or by choosing
Tools > Drawing Markups > Pencil Tool.
2. Move the pointer to where you want to begin drawing. You don't have to use one
unbroken stroke. You can release the mouse button very briefly, move the pointer to a
new location, and continue drawing.
To specify the line width, color, and other properties of pencil markups before you
draw, choose View > Toolbars > Properties Bar, and select the desired options from the
Pencil Tool Properties toolbar.
To edit the pencil comment:
1. To erase parts of the drawing, select the Pencil Eraser tool
from the Arrow menu on
the Drawing Markups toolbar, and then drag across the areas of the drawing that you want
to remove.
2. To change the line width, color, and other properties, use the Hand tool
to right-click
(Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the drawing, choose Properties, and then select the
options you want from the Pencil Mark Properties dialog box.(See Changing the
appearance of comments.)
Using the Dimensioning tool
Use the Dimensioning tool to add a line markup that spans between two points. You can
add lines that include your text comments in technical drawings or blueprints.
Dimensioning lines can be drawn from right to left, or left to right and then positioned in
any direction. Each end of the line includes an anchor point and arrow.
Each dimensioning markup includes a text box centered above the line that expands to
accommodate lengthy entries. Line endings display arrows by default; line endings, color,
opacity, and thickness can be modified.
To add a Dimensioning markup:
1. Select the Dimensioning tool
from the Drawing Markups toolbar.
2. Drag from where you want the line to start, to create a line of the desired length. When
you're finished, the tool switches to edit mode, and a text box appears above the line.
3. Enter a value in the text box.
To edit a Dimensioning markup:
1. Use the Hand tool to select the Dimensioning markup, and then do any of the following:
● To adjust the width or direction, drag one of the handles that appear on the vertical lines at
each end.
● To adjust the height, drag the handle in the middle of the line.
● To change the value for the markup, double-click the line to make the Text Insertion icon
appear.
2. Use the Properties toolbar to change the color, line thickness and opacity, or arrow style.
If the Properties toolbar is hidden, choose View > Toolbars > Properties Bar.
Using the Dimensioning tool to specify an area between two points
Adding attachments as comments
If commenting is enabled, you can add a file or audio attachment as a comment to the
Adobe PDF document. Use the Attach A File As A Comment tool from the Commenting
toolbar to embed a file at a selected location, so that the reader can open it for viewing. To
view an attachment, the reader must have an application installed that can open the
attached file. Comment attachments are tracked with other comments in a review
workflow, unlike file attachments that you add using the Attach A File tool. Comment
attachments appear in the Attachments tab with a page number indicating their location.
Audio attachments appear in the Comments List.
You can also use the Record Audio Comment tool to embed an audio comment in the
PDF document. Attached audio files can be played back on any platform. However, the
appropriate hardware and software for playing audio files must be installed. If you move
the document to a new location, the embedded file automatically goes with it.
To add a file attachment as a comment:
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2.
3.
4.
In the Commenting toolbar, select the Attach A File As A Comment tool
.
Click in the PDF document where you want to place the attachment.
Select the file you want to attach, and then click Select.
In the Properties dialog box, select the settings for the file icon that appears in the PDF
document. (See Changing the appearance of comments.)
To add an audio comment:
1. In the Commenting toolbar, choose the Record Audio Comment tool
from the Attach
A File As A Comment menu.
2. Click in the PDF document where you want to place the audio comment.
3. Add or record an audio comment:
● To add an audio comment, click Browse (Windows) or Choose (Mac OS), and select the
audio file you want to add.
● To record an audio comment, click the Record button
and then speak into the
microphone. When you've finished recording, click the Stop button .
4. (Optional) To hear the prerecorded audio clip, click the Play button . When you're
finished, click Stop and then click OK.
5. Specify options in the Properties dialog box as described in Changing the appearance of
comments, and then click Close.
Related Subtopics:
Pasting an image from the Clipboard
Pasting an image from the Clipboard
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document, you can use the Paste Clipboard Image As
Stamp tool to add images to a PDF document. You can copy images from any PDF file. If
you want to add the image to PDF documents repeatedly, create a custom stamp of the
image. (See Creating custom stamps.)
Note: The Paste Clipboard Image As Stamp tool is not available until you copy a PDF
image.
To paste an image from the Clipboard:
1. Use the Select tool or the Snapshot tool
to select an image from a PDF document.
(See Copying images.)
2. Open the PDF document into which you want to paste the copied image.
3. Choose the Paste Clipboard Image tool from the Stamp Tool menu on the Commenting
toolbar.
4. Click in the document where you want the image to appear.
5. Do any of the following:
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Using the Hand tool
, drag the image to move it, or drag one of its handles to resize it.
To change its properties, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the image, and
then choose Properties.
To delete the image, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the image, and then
choose Delete.
Spell-checking comments
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document, you can spell-check the text you add in note
comments. However, you cannot check the spelling of text in the underlying Adobe PDF
document. (To do that, use the source application to spell-check the document before you
create the PDF document.) Unrecognized words appear underlined after you type them.
You can edit these words in context, or you can open the Check Spelling dialog box.
To change a single misspelled word:
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the word in the form field or comment
pop-up window, and then select the correct word from a list of alternatives.
To spell-check text in comments:
1. Choose Edit > Check Spelling > In Comments And Form Fields. If the PDF document is
open in a web browser, make sure that the Edit toolbar is open, and click the Spell Check
.
button
2. Click Start to begin the spell check. When a word that may be misspelled is found, it
appears under Word Not Found. Suggested corrections appear under Suggestions.
3. To change the word that may be misspelled, do one of the following:
● Edit the selected word. To undo your change, click Undo Edit. To accept your change,
click Change.
● Double-click to select a correction from the list of suggestions.
● Click Ignore if you don't want to change the word, and want to continue with the check.
● Click Ignore All to ignore every instance of the word. Click Add if you want to add the
word to your personal dictionary.
● Click Change to replace the unrecognized word with the one in the Suggested Corrections
section.
● Click Change All to replace every instance of the unrecognized word with the one in the
list of suggestions.
4. Click Done when you are finished with the spell check.
To specify a language dictionary:
1. Choose Edit > Check Spelling > Edit Dictionary.
2. Choose the language dictionary you want to use from the Dictionary menu, and then click
Done.
Related Subtopics:
Setting Spelling preferences
Adding words to a dictionary
Setting Spelling preferences
You can specify whether words are spell-checked while you type, which underline color is
used for underlined words, and which dictionary language is used as the default.
To set spelling preferences:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
choose Spelling from the list on the left.
2. Do any of the following, and then click OK:
● Select Check Spelling While Typing so that unrecognized words are underlined as you
type in a form field or comment.
● Click Underline Color to select the color to use for underlining unrecognized words.
In the Dictionaries list, select the languages you want to use to spell-check the document.
This list is the order in which the spell checker goes through dictionaries in search of
words. The dictionary at the top of the list is the first dictionary searched. Click Up or
Down to change its position in the list.
Adding words to a dictionary
You can add to the list of words (the dictionary) that are recognized when spell-checking
text in note comments and form fields. Adding names and company terminology can
reduce the number of words that are flagged during a spell check. You can also exclude
words from being considered. For example, if you want to use an alternate spelling for a
common word like "bicycle," add it to the list of excluded words so that it is flagged
during a spell check. Adobe Reader can maintain a separate set of added and excluded
words for each installed language.
To add words to a dictionary:
1. Do one of the following:
● During a spell check, if an unrecognized word appears in the Check Spelling dialog box,
click Add to add it to the dictionary. The word is added to the language dictionary selected
from the Add To menu.
● Choose Edit > Spell Checking > Edit Dictionary. Type the word you want to add in the
Entry box, and then click Add. When you're finished adding words, click Done.
2. To remove a word from the list, select the word in the Edit Custom Dictionary dialog box,
and then click Delete.
To exclude words from being considered during a spell check.
1. Choose Edit > Spell Checking > Edit Dictionary.
2. Select Excluded Words from the menu in the dialog box.
3. Type the word you want to exclude in the Entry box, and then click Add. When you're
finished adding words, click Done.
Changing the appearance of comments
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document, you can change a comment's color and other properties using
the Properties toolbar or the Properties dialog box. For some comment types, the Properties toolbar contains
different options than the Properties dialog box. To change the format of text in pop-up windows, use either
the Options menu in the pop-up window or the Properties toolbar. The title and options for the Properties
toolbar vary depending on which tool or object is selected. For example, if you select a note icon, the Note
Properties toolbar lets you specify appearance options for the note icon and accompanying pop-up window.
If you select text within the pop-up window, you can specify appearance options for the text using the
Options menu within the pop-up window or by using the Properties toolbar.
You can set default properties for any type of comment so that subsequent comments you create share the
same icon and color properties. You can set different default properties for each type of comment, such as
notes, highlighting, and text boxes. You cannot change commenting preferences in Adobe Reader.
Properties toolbar A. With note icon selected B. With pop-up text selected
To set properties for a single comment using the Properties toolbar:
1. To display the Properties toolbar, choose View > Toolbars > Properties Bar.
2. Select the Hand tool
, and then select the comment.
3. Select options from the Properties toolbar. The type of comment selected determines which options are
available.
To set properties for a single comment using the Properties dialog box:
1. Display the Properties dialog box:
● If the comment includes a pop-up window, choose Properties from the Options menu.
● If the comment doesn't include a pop-up window, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the note
icon or markup, and then choose Properties.
2. In the Properties dialog box, do any of the following, and then click Close:
● Click the Appearance tab to change such options as the color and type of icon used. The type of comment
selected determines which options are available.
● Click the General tab to change the author's name and subject of the current comment.
● Select Locked at the bottom of the Properties dialog box to prevent a comment from being edited or deleted.
To specify default properties for comments:
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) a comment that has the properties you want, and then
choose Make Current Properties Default.
All subsequent comments that you create of that type share the same comment properties. Existing
comments are not affected, nor is the appearance of text in pop-up windows.
Participating in Document Reviews
About reviewing documents
Participating in an email-based review
Participating in a browser-based review
Viewing and reviewing comments
Replying to another reviewer's comments
Deleting reply messages
Using the Comments List
About reviewing documents
When you receive an Adobe PDF document that includes comments, you can view these
comments, open attached files, and play sound clips in Adobe Reader. If the creator of the
PDF document enabled commenting, you can also create, edit, and respond to the
comments. (See About Adobe PDF documents with additional usage rights.)
Reviews are either email-based or browser-based:
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If the initiator sent you the document as part of an email-based review, special instructions
and toolbar options appear when you open the email attachment. You can add comments
to the document and then use the Send Comments button on the Commenting toolbar.
If the initiator sent you the PDF document as part of a browser-based review, special
instructions and toolbar options appear when you open the email attachment. You can
review the PDF document in a web browser or offline.
Participating in an email-based review
When you open the attached document as part of an email-based review, a tracked copy of
the Adobe PDF document opens with a Document Message Bar that lets you know that
this document has been sent for review. Use the tools on the Commenting toolbar to add
your comments to the tracked copy of the PDF document, and then send the comments
back to the initiator. Using the tracked copy of the PDF document ensures that your
comments appear with other reviewers' comments in the original document. Note the
following:
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If you save the email attachment to a new location or create a copy by using Save As, the
resulting copy becomes the tracked PDF document, and earlier versions are no longer
tracked. The Send Comments button doesn't appear on the Commenting toolbar when
untracked PDF documents are open.
If you open the email attachment a second time (by double-clicking the attachment in the
email), Adobe Reader alerts you that it will open the tracked copy that contains your
comments, provided you saved the PDF attachment after adding comments.
When you send your comments to the initiator, the tracked PDF document with your
comments is sent.
To participate in an email-based review:
1. Open the PDF attachment in your email application.
2. Save the PDF document to a reliable location so that you have the option of reviewing the
document later. This copy is now your tracked copy of the PDF document.
3. Use the tools on the Commenting toolbar or Drawing Markups toolbar to add notes and
mark up the document. (See About adding comments.)
4. When you're finished adding comments, save the document, and then click Send
Comments in the Commenting toolbar. A PDF document containing your comments is
attached to an email message that you can send back to the initiator. If you need help
configuring your email application, see Using email in a review.
5. If you want to add more comments later, open the document in the Tracker window, add
or edit your comments, and click the Send Comments button again. The initiator receives
the new and edited comments. Unedited comments are not duplicated, and deleted
comments are not deleted in the initiator's document. (See Using the Tracker.)
To reuse the PDF document when the review is completed, hide the Document
Message Bar by right-clicking (Window) or Control-clicking (Mac OS) between the
Document Message Bar and the document title bar, and choose Hide Document Message
Bar from the pop-up menu. Then, save and rename the PDF document.
Participating in a browser-based review
When you receive an email message that invites you to participate in a browser-based
review, opening the FDF attachment opens the online PDF document in your web
browser. The FDF file also configures your review settings for the session and connects
you to the online comments repository, which stores all comments for the review. You can
add comments, upload them for others to see, download other reviewers' comments, and
change the review status. If you don't want to review the PDF document using your web
browser, you can save the PDF document for an offline review in Adobe Reader and
upload your comments later.
The online comments repository is a server location defined by the review initiator. This
location is configured automatically when you open the review email attachment.
However, if you don't have access to this server, you can't participate in the review. Notify
your review initiator.
You cannot edit or delete another reviewer's comments, but you can add a reply. (See
Replying to another reviewer's comments.)
To participate in a browser-based review:
1. Open the FDF attachment in your email application. This configures the review settings,
opens a copy of the PDF document in your web browser, and makes any comments that
other reviewers have already added to the document appear. If you want to add comments
in Adobe Reader instead of in your browser, click Save And Work Offline on the
Commenting toolbar. (See Working offline in a browser-based review.)
Note: If the PDF document does not appear in your browser, you may not have access to
the server where the PDF file is located. Contact the review initiator or your system
administrator.
2. Use the tools on the Commenting and Drawing Markup toolbars to add comments to the
PDF document. (See About adding comments.)
3. Click the Send And Receive button
in the Commenting toolbar to upload your
comments. This allows you to view other reviewers' most recent comments and lets others
see your comments. (See Sending and receiving comments in a browser-based review.)
Note: Be sure to upload your comments before you quit the browser or visit other
websites, or you lose your comments.
4. If you want to add more comments later, open the document in the email application. Or,
if you saved the document offline, open the saved document, add comments, click Go
Back Online, and upload your comments.
Related Subtopics:
Sending and receiving comments in a browser-based review
Working offline in a browser-based review
Sending and receiving comments in a browser-based
review
When you add comments in a browser-based review, they remain on your computer until
you send them by using the Send And Receive button on the Commenting toolbar. (This
button glows when you have unsent comments.) Until you send and receive comments,
you may not be able to see other reviewers' most recent comments, and they aren't able to
see your comments. To send and receive comments, the document must be open within a
web browser. When you send comments, they upload to the comments repository set up
by the review initiator.
If, after sending comments, you decide that a comment no longer applies. When you click
Send And Receive Comments after deleting comments, your comments are deleted from
the comments repository. However, you cannot delete or change other reviewers'
comments. Any comments added to the PDF document before it was uploaded to the
server are embedded and cannot be deleted online.
Note: Comments automatically upload to the server if you close the browser window or
navigate to a different web page.
To send and receive comments:
1. Do one of the following:
● Open the PDF document in your web browser.
● If you are reviewing the document offline, choose Go Back Online.
2. Do one of the following on the Commenting toolbar.:
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Click the Send And Receive Comments button .
Choose the Send Comments option
from the Send And Receive Comments menu.
Your comments are added to the file on the server.
Choose the Receive Comments option
from the Send And Receive Comments menu.
Working offline in a browser-based review
If you prefer to work in Adobe Reader, you can review an Adobe PDF document offline.
You can make your comments to the saved PDF document in Adobe Reader and then go
back online and send your comments to the server.
Note: If you change the login for your operating system in the course of reviewing the
PDF document, comments you add after making the change won't upload to the server.
To review a document offline:
1. On the Commenting toolbar in the browser, click the Save And Work Offline button
,
and then specify where you want to save the document.
2. Open the document in Adobe Reader, and add comments to the file. You can save, close,
and reopen the file to add additional comments at any time.
3. Click Go Back Online on the Commenting toolbar. The file opens in your default web
browser and closes in Adobe Reader.
4. Click Send And Receive Comments to send your comments to the comments repository
and view other reviewers' most recent comments.
Note: If you open the online PDF file after you save an offline version of it, Adobe
Reader automatically uploads any comments you've made to the offline copy.
Viewing and reviewing comments
The most common type of comment is the Note comment, which is like a sticky note
attached to a paper document. A note comment includes two parts: a note icon, or markup,
that appears on the page, and a text message, or comment, that appears in a pop-up
window when you select or place the pointer over the note icon. Other comment types
appear in the document as scribbles, or highlighted or crossed-out text or images.
Comments can be in the form of text boxes, audio clips, stamps, and attachment files. (See
About adding comments.)
Pop-up window of a note comment: A. Indicator of comment type B. Close button C. Options
menu D. Text message area
If the notes are difficult to read, you can change the font size. (See Changing the
appearance of comments.)
To view and read note comments:
Do any of the following:
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To open a note, select the Note tool
or the Hand tool
, and then click or doubleclick the note icon.
To move a note window, drag its title bar.
To close a note, click the close box in the upper right corner of the note window, or
double-click the note icon.
To view a list of comments, click the Comments tab on the left side of the document pane.
To change how comments appear in your document, change the Commenting properties.
(See Changing the appearance of comments.)
Note: Because comments can be placed anywhere within the document frame, you may
need to scroll or zoom out to see comments that are located off the page.
Replying to another reviewer's comments
To respond to other reviewers' comments, use the Reply command from the Options menu in the pop-up note
window or in the Comments List. Replying to other comments is especially useful in a browser-based review or
if the review initiator wants to let participants know how their suggestions were implemented. When one or
more reviewers reply to another message, the set of messages is called a thread. All messages in a thread appear
in the pop-up window and the Comments List. In the Comments List, replies are indented below the original
message. (See Using the Comments List.) The number of replies a comment has received appears in a box when
you place the pointer over the comment.
When you reply to a drawing or highlight markup, a modifier icon appears next to the markup on the page and
becomes part of the markup. The modifier icon also appears next to a markup when you set the status.
Note: If you use the Reply option to add text to the pop-up window of another reviewer's comment, your text is
preserved when all comments merge in the original document. Modifying other reviewer's comments may cause
a warning.
Replying to review comments A. Reply heading and text in a pop-up window B. Options menu C. Reply command
To reply to another reviewer's comment in the pop-up window:
1. Using the Hand tool
, open the pop-up window for the note.
2. Choose Reply from the Options menu.
3. Type your reply in the text box that appears.
To reply to another reviewer's comment in the Comments List:
1. Click the Comments tab.
2. To locate the comment in the Comments List, select the comment in the document pane. The comment appears,
selected, at the top of the Comments List.
3. If you want to reply to a reply for that comment, click the reply in the Comments List. A new, indented text box
appears for your reply.
4. Click the Reply button
.
5. Type your reply in the box that appears.
Deleting reply messages
If you delete a comment that has been replied to, only the "parent" comment is deleted.
Any replies to the deleted comment remain in the document but are no longer part of a
thread. These comments may become difficult to read because they are stacked. You may
want to view them in the Comments List.
In a browser-based review, you can delete your own comments and replies, but you
cannot delete others' replies, unless you are working offline.
To delete reply messages:
Do one of the following:
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In the note pop-up window, choose Options > Delete Comment.
Select the reply in the Comments List, and then click the Trash icon in the Comments List
toolbar.
Using the Comments List
The Comments List lists the comments in an Adobe PDF document. You can use the
Comments List to delete comments, change their status, or reply to them. You can sort
comments in many ways, including by date, author, or page number. Each comment
displays its associated text next to the comment icon.
To use the Comments List:
1. Click the Comments tab in the navigation pane, or choose View > Show Comments List.
2. Using the options at the top of the Comments List, do any of the following:
● Expand or collapse the comments. Click Expand All or Collapse All on the Comments
List toolbar. To expand or collapse individual comments, click the plus and minus signs
next to the comment.
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Browse through the comments. Click a comment in the list, or click the Next button
or
to go to the next or previous comment. (These buttons are
the Previous button
unavailable if no comment is selected.) The page on which the selected comment is
located appears in the document pane, and the selected comment scrolls into view. To go
to the page where another comment is located, simply click the comment in the list.
Reply to a comment. Make sure that it's selected, click the Reply button, and then type the
message in the box. Reply messages are indented in the Comments List. (See Replying to
another reviewer's comments.)
Delete a comment. Click it in the Comments List, and then click the Trash icon
on the
Comments List toolbar. You can also select and delete multiple comments.
Change the comment's status, or mark comments with a check mark. You can change the
status of comments to Accepted, Rejected, Cancelled, or Completed.
Sort the list of comments. You can sort comments in the Comments List by author, page,
type, date, color, checked state, or status by author. In a thread of replies, only the first
message is sorted, and the reply messages are sorted in the same category as the first
message in the thread.
Search for a comment. Search by whole words or case-sensitive words.
Approving Adobe PDF Documents Using Digital Identity
Stamps
About approval workflows
Participating in an approval workflow
Using digital identity stamps
About approval workflows
Acrobat 7.0 can send PDF documents as email attachments for others to approve and
return to the initiator. If Acrobat 7.0 Professional is used to initiate an approval workflow,
the PDF document may include additional usage rights that allow Adobe Reader users to
participate. You can apply approval stamps and commenting tools to PDF documents that
have commenting enabled. (See About Adobe PDF documents with additional usage
rights.)
When participants receive an approval request, they can approve the PDF document by
adding a stamp and then send it to the next approver, or they can return the document to
the initiator without approval. Participants use a digital identity stamp to indicate their
approval. (See Using digital identity stamps.) The workflow ends when the final approver
returns the PDF document to the initiator. If a document is not approved, the approval
workflow must be reinitiated. Approval workflows are suitable for projects or documents
that require approval at various levels of an organization.
Participating in an approval workflow
If you're invited to participate in an approval workflow, you receive an email that provides
step-by-step instructions for approving the attached PDF document. If commenting is
enabled in the attachment, several items appear when you open the document. The Stamps
palette and How To window open, and the Document Message Bar appears at the top of
the PDF document, providing instructions.
You can select any of the digital identity stamps in the Stamps palette to approve the
document. Once you've added your stamp to the PDF document, you can send it to the
next approver. Or, you can reject the document and return it to the approval initiator
without your stamp. (See Rejecting and returning a PDF document.)
When participating in an approval workflow, be sure to follow the instructions in the
invitation email. Use only the options provided in the Document Message Bar or in the
dialog box that appears after you apply your stamp. (See Applying a digital identity
stamp.)
Important: If you use the Email button
in the toolbar to send the PDF document, the
document no longer is part of the workflow, and approval options aren't available to the
recipient of that email message.
Related Subtopics:
Applying a digital identity stamp
Using other stamps and commenting tools
Rejecting and returning a PDF document
Applying a digital identity stamp
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document, you can apply a digital identity stamp to
indicate your approval. Stamps that you apply become part of the document's page
content. You can delete your own stamp during the approval process; however, once the
approval process is completed, your stamp is locked. You can't move or delete stamps
from other participants. Before you can apply a digital identity stamp, you must add your
identity information to it. (See Adding identity information to a stamp.)
To approve a PDF document:
1. Open the PDF attachment in the approval invitation email message. The Stamps palette
appears at the lower left of the document pane, and a stamp is selected by default.
2. If you want to use a different stamp than the one selected, select the stamp you want in the
Stamps palette. To view all the stamps in a category, scroll or drag a corner to resize the
window. (See Using digital identity stamps.)
3. If you haven't added your identity information to the stamp, you are prompted to do so.
(See Adding identity information to a stamp.)
4. Approve or reject the document:
● To approve the PDF document, click the appropriate location in the PDF document to
apply your stamp. The Finished Approving dialog box appears.
● To reject the PDF document, click the Reject And Send button in the Document Message
Bar, and then send the email message that appears to the appropriate person. (See
Rejecting and returning a PDF document.)
5. In the Finished Approving dialog box, do one of the following:
● Select Send To Next Approver to send the document to the next participant in the
approval process. In the email message that appears, type the email address for the next
approver in the To box, and then click Send. The Cc box may contain the initiator's email
address if the initiator chose to be notified of each approval.
● Select I Am The Final Approver to complete the approval process. Then, select the Print,
Save A Copy, or Email option for the approved PDF document, or select Cancel to select
a different option in the Finished Approving dialog box. Selecting Print, Save A Copy, or
Email locks the stamps and prevents any modifications to them.
● Select Hold to apply multiple stamps, resize the stamp, add a note in the pop-up window
or to view the PDF document after you've approved it. To conclude the approval process,
click the Complete My Approval And Send button in the Document Message Bar, type the
email address for the next approver or the initiator in the To box, and then click Send.
● Select Cancel to delete your stamp or to complete the approval process at a later time.
PDF documents in an approval workflow present instructions and tools.
Using other stamps and commenting tools
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document, you can add custom stamps and other
comments in addition to your approval stamp. Commenting tools let you add many types
of comments, including note comments, text edits, and file attachments. (See Selecting
tools to add comments and Creating custom stamps.)
Rejecting and returning a PDF document
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document that doesn't meet your requirements for
approval, you can reject the PDF document. Use the options in the Document Message
Bar to reject the document and return it to the initiator. When a PDF document is rejected,
the approval workflow must be reinitiated.
To reject a PDF document:
1. Open the PDF attachment in the email invitation.
2. In the Document Message Bar, click the Reject And Send button.
3. In the email message that appears, type the email address of the initiator or other
appropriate person in the To box. You can include the reason for rejecting the PDF
document by typing text in the body of the email message, which contains the message
that the document was not approved.
4. Click Send.
Using digital identity stamps
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document, you can use digital identity stamps to
approve the document. Digital identity stamps contain information that you provide in the
Identity preferences, such as your name, title, organization, and email address. When you
open a PDF document in an approval workflow, Adobe Reader presents several digital
identity stamps from which to choose. When selected, a digital identity stamp prompts
you to provide your identity information. (See Adding identity information to a stamp.)
Digital identity stamps can be used in place of signatures, but are different from digital
signatures or digital IDs. (See About signing PDF documents.)
Related Subtopics:
Adding identity information to a stamp
Creating custom stamps
Deleting custom stamps
Adding identity information to a stamp
To approve a PDF document that includes additional usage rights, you must first add your
identity information to a stamp. Once you set up a digital identity stamp, that stamp is
selected by default in subsequent approval workflows.You can change the identity
information for your stamp at any time in the Identity preferences.
To add identity information to a stamp:
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Select the stamp you want in the Stamps palette.
Choose Edit (Windows) or Adobe Reader (Mac OS) > Preferences.
Select Identity from the list on the left.
Type your name, title, company name, department, and email address in the boxes
provided, and then click OK.
Creating custom stamps
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document, you can create and apply a custom stamp
using any PDF file. You can store the custom stamp in an existing stamp category or
create a new stamp category. If you want to add an image to a PDF document one time
only, copy the image to the Clipboard and then paste it into the document. Pasted images
have the same characteristics as other stamp comments; each includes a pop-up window
and editable properties.
To create a custom stamp:
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Choose Show Stamps Palette from the Stamp Tool menu
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Choose a stamp category from the pop-up menu at the top.
Click Import, select the file you want to use, and then click Select.
If the file contains more than one page, scroll to the page you want, and then click OK.
Choose a category from the pop-up menu or type a name to create a new category, name
the custom stamp, and then click OK.
To edit a custom stamp:
1. Choose Show Stamps Palette from the Stamp Tool menu
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2. Choose the stamp category, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the stamp,
and choose Edit from the pop-up menu.
3. Edit the category or name of the stamp, or replace the image, and then click OK.
Deleting custom stamps
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document, you can delete custom stamps and stamp
categories from the Stamps palette. (You cannot delete the predefined stamps in the
Stamps palette.) When you delete a stamp, the stamp is removed from the Stamp Tool
menu, but the image file is not deleted.
To delete stamps:
1. Choose Show Stamps Palette from the Stamp Tool menu
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2. Choose the stamp category, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the stamp,
and choose Delete from the pop-up menu.
SECURITY
About security
Viewing the security settings of PDF documents
Viewing PDF documents with security policies
About security
Acrobat security is similar to home security. Just as people lock their doors to prevent
others from entering their houses without permission, authors may use the various Acrobat
security features to "lock" PDF documents. For example, authors can add passwords to
restrict users from opening a PDF document, and they can prevent users from printing or
editing a document. They can also use digital signatures to certify and encrypt PDF
documents. A document to which security features have been applied is called a restricted
document.
PDF files can take advantage of the security features of Windows XP and a number of
other security systems:
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Password-protected documents. When you receive a restricted PDF document, you may
need to enter a password to open it.
Restrictions against copying or printing. Some restricted or certified documents do not
require a password but still prevent you from copying information or printing the file.
Encrypted documents. If a document is encrypted, you may not be able to open it without
permission from the person who created the document. Documents with special security
policies applied may require you to log in to a server to open the document. If you're
having trouble opening a PDF document, or if you're restricted from using certain
features, contact the PDF document author.
Digital signatures. If the PDF document contains additional usage rights, you may be
asked to sign or approve a PDF document. (See Signing PDF documents in Adobe
Reader.)
Documents to which a server-based security policy has been applied. (See Viewing PDF
documents with security policies.)
Viewing the security settings of PDF documents
When you receive a restricted PDF document, you may need to enter a password to open
it. If a document is encrypted, you may not be able to open it without permission from the
person who created the document. In addition, restricted or certified documents may
prevent you from printing your files or copying information to another application. If
you're having trouble opening a PDF document, or if you're restricted from using certain
features, contact the author of the PDF document.
To view the security settings of a document open in Adobe Reader:
Choose File > Document Properties, and then click the Security tab.
When a document is restricted or has a special status, icons appear in the lower left
corner of the document window. Double-click a status icon to view more information.
To view the security settings of a document open in a web browser:
Choose Document Properties from the pop-up menu
right side of the document. Then click Security.
above the vertical scroll bar on the
Viewing PDF documents with security policies
In Adobe Acrobat 7.0, authors can save encryption settings as security policies, which
capture security settings for reuse. Security policies are stored on Adobe Policy Server to
be shared by a group. The document to which a security policy is applied may include
restrictions, such as not allowing printing or copying.
While security policies are stored on a policy server, the PDF documents are not. You can
use Adobe Policy Server only if your company has purchased rights and made it available
to you.
Corporate security policies A. Policies are stored on the server. B. Policies are applied to the PDF
document. C. Users can open and print the document only if permitted by the policy.
Digitally Signing Adobe PDF Documents
About signing PDF documents
Using the Signatures tab
Validating signatures
About signing PDF documents
For particular Adobe PDF documents, authors can let users digitally sign documents
whether they use Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. If you open a PDF document that
contains additional usage rights, you can add a digital signature in Reader. (See About
Adobe PDF documents with additional usage rights.)
A digital signature, like a conventional handwritten signature, identifies the person
signing a document. Unlike traditional signatures on paper, however, each digital
signature stores information "behind the scenes" about the person signing a document.
The first signature in a document is called the author signature. The author signature
allows for modification detection and prevention (MDP). In other words, the first time a
PDF document is signed, any change to the document is detected in the Signatures panel,
and the author can determine which changes can be made. For example, an author may
want to ensure that a PDF document with company letterhead isn't changed after it's
signed. Subsequent signatures to the document are called ordinary signatures.
Related Subtopics:
Signing PDF documents in Adobe Reader
Signing PDF documents in a web browser
Changing signature appearance
Setting up Palm OS appearance files
Clearing a digital signature from a signature field
Signing PDF documents in Adobe Reader
You can use Adobe Reader to sign a PDF document only if the document includes
additional usage rights and an Acrobat digital signature field. When you sign a document,
your signature and the related information can be stored in a signature field embedded on
the page. A signature field is an Acrobat form field.
Important: Sign a document only after you make final changes. If you make changes to a
PDF document after you sign it, the signature may still be valid, but the caution
appears in the signature field and in the Signature tab, indicating that changes
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were made after the signature was added. The author of the PDF form can also lock fields
after the document is signed to prevent additional changes.
To sign a document:
1. Click the unsigned signature field in the PDF document. (The field must be a signature
form field, not just a blank box.)
2. If the document isn't certified, make sure that you received it from a trusted source, and
then click Continue Signing.
3. If you have not yet selected a digital ID, select one, and then click OK. (See About digital
IDs and certification methods.)
4. In the Apply Signature To Document dialog box, type your password if prompted, and
specify the reason for signing the document.
5. Click Show Options, and do the following:
● If desired, add contact information for validation purposes.
● Choose a signature appearance. Standard Text displays a validation icon with the name
and other information. If you defined a personalized signature, choose it from the menu.
To preview your signature before signing the document, click Preview. To create a new
signature appearance, click New, and follow the steps in Changing signature appearance.
6. To sign and save the document, do one of the following:
● Choose Sign And Save As (recommended) to sign the document and save it using a
different file name. This command lets you make changes to the original PDF document
without invalidating the signature.
● Chose Sign And Save if you already saved the document with a different file name. If you
make changes to the saved PDF document, you may invalidate the signature.
Signing PDF documents in a web browser
To sign a PDF document on the web, the document must contain an empty signature field.
When you click a signature field, a Sign button appears rather than the Sign And Save and
Sign And Save As buttons, which appear when you sign a document directly in Adobe
Reader. When you sign a document in a browser, only the incremental portion of the file
is saved to your hard drive.
To sign a document in a web browser:
1. From the Sign menu on the Reader toolbar, choose Sign This Document, or click a
signature field, and then follow the steps described in Signing PDF documents in Adobe
Reader.
2. If you want to retain a copy of the signed document, click the Save A Copy button on the
Reader toolbar.
Changing signature appearance
You can specify how your signature appears in the signature field. For example, you can
include an image of your company logo. When you use an image in a signature, only the
image is used, not the white space around it. The image is cropped and scaled to fit in the
signature field.
To create a new signature appearance:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
then select Security.
2. Click New.
3. In the Configure Signature Appearance dialog box, type a title for the signature
appearance. (When you sign a document, you select the signature by its title, so use a
short title that accurately describes the signature.)
4. Select one of the following in the Configure Graphic section to define the signature's
appearance:
● No Graphic displays only the default digital signature icon and other information specified
by the Configure Text options.
● Imported Graphic displays a graphic signature that you specify. Click the File button,
click the Browse button, choose the graphic file type from the Files Of Type menu, select
a graphic, click Select, and then click OK (Windows) or Select (Mac OS).
Note: The Palm Organizer button is unavailable unless Palm OS® appearance files are
detected. (See Setting up Palm OS appearance files.)
Name displays only the default digital signature icon and your name as it appears in your
digital ID file.
5. In the Configure Text section, select any text items you want to appear in the signature.
Distinguished Name shows the user attributes defined in your Digital ID, including your
name, organization, and country.
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To edit or delete a signature appearance:
1. In the Preferences dialog box, select Security on the left.
2. Do one of the following:
● To edit a signature appearance, select its title, and click Edit.
● To delete a signature appearance, select its title, and then click Delete.
Setting up Palm OS appearance files
To use a Palm OS appearance file for your digital signature, you must add the Palm OS
application file to your Palm™ Desktop application:
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In Windows, the AcroSign.prc file is in the Program Files/Adobe/Acrobat 7.0/Reader/
PalmPilot folder.
In Mac OS, the AcroSign.prc is inside the Acrobat application. Control-click the Adobe
Reader 7.0 icon and choose Show Package Contents. Browse to the Palm Pilot folder in
the Mac OS folder.
For more information on importing images created on Palm OS devices, see the Adobe
website and your Palm OS documentation.
Clearing a digital signature from a signature field
When you clear a signature field, the signature is deleted, but the empty signature field
remains. You cannot use Adobe Reader to remove signature fields.
To clear all signature fields in a document:
In the Signatures tab, choose Clear All Signature Fields from the Options menu.
Using the Signatures tab
The Signatures tab lists all the signature fields in the current document. Each signature has
an icon identifying its current verification status. The blue ribbon icon indicates that the
certification is valid. The digital signature icon
along with the name of the field in
the Signatures tab indicates the presence of the empty signature field. The checkmark
icon
indicates that the signature is valid. The question mark icon
the signature could not be verified. The warning sign icon
document was modified after the signature was added.
indicates that
indicates that the
You can collapse a signature to see only the name, date, and status, or you can expand it to
see more information.
Icons identifying verification status
To display the Signatures tab:
Choose View > Navigation Tabs > Signatures, or click the Signatures tab in the navigation
pane.
You can right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) a signature field in the
Signatures tab to do most signature-related tasks, including signing, clearing, and
validating signatures. In some cases, however, the signature field may become locked
after you sign it.
To expand or collapse a signature in the Signatures tab:
Click the plus sign (Windows) or triangle (Mac OS) to the left of the signature to expand
it. Click the minus sign (Windows) or the rotated triangle (Mac OS) to the left of the
signature to collapse it.
Validating signatures
When you validate a signature, you verify the signer's identity and assess any changes
made after the document was signed. For an identity to be valid, the signer's certificate, or
one of its parent certificates that was used to issue the signer's certificate, must be in your
list of trusted identities, and it must not have expired or been revoked. (See Building a list
of trusted identities.)
When you open a document, its signatures are validated automatically, unless you turn off
a preference setting. The verification status appears on the document page and in the
Signatures tab. If you don't have the signer's certificate, the signature validity is unknown.
Third-party signature handlers may verify identities using other methods. You can specify
whether document-specific settings or default settings are used for verifying documents,
check to see if certification has been revoked, add time stamps to signatures, and change
other validation settings. (See Setting Digital Signature preferences.)
To validate a signature:
1. Open the PDF document containing the signature.
2. In the signature field or in the Signatures tab, check whether the warning sign icon
appears next to the signature. If this icon appears, the document may have been modified
after it was signed.
3. Select the signature in the Signatures tab, and then choose Validate Signature from the
Options menu. The Signature Validation Status describes the signature status.
4. Click Legal Notice to learn more about the legal restrictions of this signature, and then
click OK.
5. If the status is unknown, click Signature Properties, click the Signer tab, and then click
Show Certificate to view the details of the certificate. If you're working with self-signed
digital IDs, confirm that the certificate details are valid. (See Checking information on
certificates.)
If the document has more than one signature, you can view a copy of the signed version in
a separate document window. (See Viewing previous versions of a signed document.)
Related Subtopics:
Viewing previous versions of a signed document
Setting Digital Signature preferences
Viewing previous versions of a signed document
If a document is signed more than once, all the signed versions are maintained in a single
Adobe PDF file. Each version is saved as append-only so that it cannot be modified. All
signatures and their corresponding versions appear in the Signatures tab.
To view a previous signed version:
Do one of the following:
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Select the signature in the Signatures tab, and choose View Signed Version from the
Option menu.
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the signature in the Signatures tab or
document pane, and choose View Signed Version.
The previous version opens in a new Adobe PDF file, with the version information and
the name of the signer in the title bar. To return to the original document, choose the
document name from the Window menu.
Setting Digital Signature preferences
You can use the Security panel of the Preferences dialog box to change the appearance of
your signature, specify a default security method, change validation settings, and specify
other advanced preferences. (See also Changing signature appearance.)
To set advanced digital signature preferences:
1. In the Preferences dialog box, select Security on the left, and then click Advanced
Preferences.
2. To require certificates to be checked against a list of excluded certificates during
validation, select Require That Certificate Revocation Checking Be Done Whenever
Possible When Verifying Signatures. The Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) and
the Certificate Revocation List (CRL) are common schemes that maintain security of a
network server, containing lists of revoked but unexpired certificates. If this option is not
selected, the revocation status for nonauthor signatures is ignored.
3. Under Verification Time, select an option to determine whether the time that appears in
the digital signature reflects the time the signature was validated (Current Time), the time
set by the default Time Stamp Server specified in the Security Settings, or the time the
signature was created.
4. Click the Windows Integration tab, and do the following:
● Specify whether you can import identities from the Windows Certificates feature into the
list of trusted identities. (See Building a list of trusted identities.)
● Specify whether to trust all root certificates in the Windows Certificates feature when
validating signatures. Be aware that selecting this option might compromise security.
Digital IDs and Certification Methods
About digital IDs and certification methods
Managing digital ID certificates
Setting Trust Manager preferences
About digital IDs and certification methods
PDF authors can use Acrobat to let users sign a PDF document whether they use Adobe
Acrobat or Adobe Reader. If you open a PDF document with additional usage rights, you
can add a digital signature, which requires that you use a digital ID. If a PDF document
does not have additional usage rights, you cannot use digital IDs or add signatures. (See
About Adobe PDF documents with additional usage rights.)
A digital ID lets you create digital signatures. Digital IDs are also referred to as private
keys, credentials or profiles. You can get a digital ID from a third-party provider, or you
can create a self-signed digital ID and share your signature information with others. A
certificate is a confirmation of your digital ID and contains information used to protect
data. (See Managing digital ID certificates.)
Related Subtopics:
Obtaining a digital ID from a third party
Creating digital IDs
Finding and adding existing digital IDs
Selecting digital IDs
Using third-party digital IDs
Obtaining a digital ID from a third party
In general, digital IDs are issued by a third party for use in any official capacity. The
provider of digital ID certificates is sometimes called a certificate authority or a signature
handler. You may want to obtain more than one digital ID if you sign documents in
different roles or with different certification methods.
To get information about third party digital IDs:
1. Choose Document > Security Settings.
2. Select Digital IDs on the left, and then click Add ID.
3. Select Get A Third-Party Digital ID, click Next, and follow the instructions on the web
page that appears.
To specify a default signing method:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and then select
Security on the left.
2. Click Advanced Preferences, and select the Creation tab.
3. Choose a signing method from the Default Method To Use When Signing And Encrypting
Documents menu, such as your third-party provider.
Creating digital IDs
If you're not using a third-party digital ID, you can create your own self-signed digital ID.
The resulting file stores an encrypted private key used for signing or decrypting
documents, and a public key contained in a certificate, which is used for validating
signatures and encrypting documents.
You can create either a PKCS#12 digital ID, which is a standard encryption format, or a
Windows Default Certificate digital ID, which is stored in the Windows Certificate Store.
PKCS#12 file extensions are .pfx in Windows and .p12 in Mac OS.
To create a self-signed digital ID:
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Choose Document > Security Settings.
Select Digital IDs on the left, and then click Add.
Select Create A Self-Signed Digital ID, and then click Next. Click Next again.
Select one of the following to specify where to store your digital ID, and then click Next:
New PKCS#12 Digital ID File stores the information in a file that you can send to others.
Windows Certificate Store (Windows only) stores the file where other Windows
applications can also retrieve it.
Type a name and other personal information for your digital ID. When you certify or sign
a document, the name appears in the Signatures tab and in the signature field.
(Optional) To use Unicode values for extended characters, select Enable Unicode Support,
and then specify Unicode values for the appropriate fields.
Choose a key algorithm from the menu. 2048-bit RSA offers more security than 1024-bit
RSA, but 1024-bit RSA is more universally compatible.
From the Use Digital ID menu, choose whether you want to use the digital ID for digital
signature, data encryption, or both.
Click Next, and specify a a file name and location for the digital ID file.
Type a password; passwords are case-sensitive, must contain at least six characters, and
may not contain double quotation marks or the following characters: ! @ # $ % ^ & * , | \ ;
< > _. Type the same password in both the Choose A Password and Confirm Password
boxes. Click Next.
Click Finish.
You can export and send your certificate file to those who need to validate your signature.
(See Managing digital ID certificates.)
Finding and adding existing digital IDs
If you created a digital ID file that does not appear in your list of digital IDs, you can
search for the missing digital ID file and add it to your list. One of the common encryption
methods that Acrobat uses, PKCS#12, has .pfx file extensions in Windows and .p12 in
Mac OS. Digital ID files from some earlier versions of Acrobat use an .apf extension. If
you select an .apf digital ID file, you may be prompted to convert the file to a supported
file type.
To find and add digital ID files:
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Choose Document > Security Settings.
Select Digital IDs on the left, and then click Add ID.
Select Find An Existing Digital ID, and then click Next.
Click Browse, select a Digital ID, and click Open.
Type the ID password, and then click Next.
Click Finish.
Selecting digital IDs
Before you sign a PDF document, you may be prompted to select a digital ID file. To
avoid being prompted repeatedly, you can select a digital ID to use all the time or until
you quit Adobe Reader.
To select self-signed digital ID file settings:
1. Choose Document > Security Settings.
2. Select a digital ID on the left.
3. From the Set Default menu, specify that you want to use the digital ID for signing.
If you choose not to be prompted for the digital ID, the pen icon
selected digital ID.
appears next to the
Using third-party digital IDs
When you sign or validate a document, you can use the Default Certificate Security, the
Windows Certificate Security, or a third-party security method. When you install a thirdparty signature provider, new menu commands may appear. Use these commands instead
of, or in addition to, the Manage Digital IDs commands. In addition, a Third-Party
Preferences submenu may appear on the Edit menu (Windows) or on the Adobe Reader
menu (Mac OS) so that you can change the provider's preference settings.
To specify a third-party security method:
1. If necessary, install a third-party signature provider.
2. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
then click Security.
3. Click Advanced Preferences.
4. Choose the provider from the Default Method To Use When Signing And Encrypting
Documents menu, which lists all security methods installed in the Reader Plug-ins folder.
5. Click OK.
Managing digital ID certificates
A digital ID certificate contains a public key that is used to validate digital signatures and
to encrypt documents in Adobe Acrobat. You cannot encrypt documents in Adobe Reader.
Before other users can validate your signature on documents they receive, they must have
access to your certificate, which you can share with them. Likewise, other users can share
their certificates with you so that you can build a list of trusted user certificates, called
trusted identities, for validating signatures. (See Validating signatures.)
Adobe Reader keeps track of the trusted identities that you build. You can also configure
Windows Certificate Security to trust identities in the common Windows Certificate Store.
(See Setting Digital Signature preferences.) Third-party providers may validate identities
using other methods, or these validation methods may be integrated with Adobe Reader.
Related Subtopics:
Sharing your digital ID certificate
Building a list of trusted identities
Checking information on certificates
Determining the trust level of a certificate
Configuring identity search directories
Sharing your digital ID certificate
You can share your self-signed digital ID certificate with others by exporting your
certificate as an FDF file, or you can email your certificate directly. If you use a thirdparty security method, you usually don't need to share your certificate with others. See the
documentation for the third-party provider.
To share your digital ID certificate:
1. Choose Document > Security Settings.
2. Select Digital IDs on the left.
3. To verify that your certificate information is correct, select the digital ID you want to
share, and then click Show Certificate Details. Click OK to return to the dialog box.
4. With the digital ID selected, click Export Certificate.
5. Do one of the following:
● Select Email The Data To Someone, and click Next to send your digital ID certificate to
another user. Specify the email address, click Email, and then send the message in your
email application, if necessary.
● Click Save The Data To A File, and click Next to save the digital ID certificate in an FDF
file. Browse to specify a location for the certificate file, and click Save.
Building a list of trusted identities
You can keep a copy of other users' digital ID certificates in a list of trusted identities.
Your list of trusted identities is like an address book that stores digital ID certificates. The
list lets you validate the signatures of these users on any documents you receive.
The preferred method of adding another user's certificate to your list of trusted identities is
by importing the certificate from an FDF file that the user sends to you. You can also add
a certificate directly from the PDF document signed by someone who used a self-signed
digital ID, although this method may not be trustworthy.
To request a certificate from another user:
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Choose Document > Trusted Identities.
Click Request Contact.
Type your name, email address, and contact information.
To allow other users to add your certificate to their list of trusted identities, select Include
My Certificates.
5. Select whether you want to email the request or save it as a file so that you can email it
later, and then click Next.
6. Select the digital ID file to use, and then click Select.
7. Do one of the following:
● If the Compose Email dialog box appears, type the email address of the person you are
requesting a certificate from, and type a subject. Click Email. A new email message
appears in your default email application with the certificate request attached. Send this
message in your email application.
● If the Export Data As dialog box appears, choose a location for the certificate file in the
Save In box, type a file name, click Save, and then click OK.
To add a certificate from email to your list of trusted identities:
1. After a user sends you certificate information, open the email attachment in Adobe
Reader, and then click Set Contact Trust in the dialog box that appears.
2. Select trust settings, and then click OK. Click OK again, and then click Close.
To add a certificate from a file to your list of trusted identities:
1. If you're using the Certificates feature in Windows to organize certificates, select the
Enable Import And Use Of Identities From The Windows Certificate Store option in the
Security preferences. Click the Windows Integration tab in the Digital Signatures
Advanced Preferences, select the desired options, click OK, and then click OK again. (See
Setting Digital Signature preferences.)
2. Choose Document > Trusted Identities.
3. Click Add Contacts.
4. Do any of the following:
● If Windows Certificate digital IDs are allowed, select the appropriate directory and group.
● If you configured an identity search directory, select the appropriate directory and group.
You can then search for specific digital ID certificates. (See Configuring identity search
directories.)
● Click Browse, locate the certificate file, and then click Open.
5. Click Add To Contacts List.
6. Select the added certificate in the Contact To Add list, and then click Details.
7. In the Certificate Viewer dialog box, note the MD5 Fingerprint and the SHA-1 Fingerprint
numbers. Confirm with the certificate's originator that the information is correct. If the
information isn't correct, the certificate shouldn't be trusted. Click OK.
8. After you verify that the information is correct, select the certificate, click Trust, specify
trust options, and then click OK.
To add a certificate using a signature in a PDF document:
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Open the PDF document containing the user's self-signed signature.
Click the signature in the document to check whether it's valid.
Click Signature Properties, and then click Show Certificate.
In the Certificate Attributes dialog box, note the MD5 Fingerprint and the SHA-1
Fingerprint numbers. Confirm with the certificate's originator that the information is
correct.
5. After you verify that the certificate information is correct, click Close, click Trust Identity,
click OK, specify trust options, and then click Import.
To delete a certificate from the list of trusted certificates:
1. Choose Document > Trusted Identities.
2. Select the certificate, and click Delete.
Checking information on certificates
The Certificate Attributes dialog box provides user attributes and other information on a
certificate. When other users import your certificate, they may ask you to check your
fingerprint information against the information they receive with the certificate. You can
check certificate information for your own digital ID files or for ID files that you import.
The Certificate Viewer dialog box provides the validation period in which the certificate is
valid, the certificate's intended usage, and certificate data such as a unique serial number
and public key method.
To check information on your own certificate:
1. Choose Document > Security Settings.
2. Select Digital IDs on the left, select your digital ID on the right, and then click Certificate
Details.
To check information on a certificate:
1. Choose Document > Trusted Identities.
2. Select the contact, and click Details.
3. Select the name, and click Show Certificate.
Determining the trust level of a certificate
You can change the trust settings of a certificate. For example, if you have confidence in a
certificate you received from someone else, you can change the settings so that you
explicitly trust digital signatures and certified documents created with this certificate, and
you can even trust a certified document's dynamic content and embedded JavaScript.
To change the trust level of a certificate:
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Choose Document > Trusted Identities.
Select the contact on the left, and click Details.
Select the name on the left, and click Edit Trust.
In the Trust Settings tab, select any of the following items to trust this certificate for:
● Signatures And As a Trusted Root.
● Certified Documents. Trusts documents in which the author has certified the document
with an author signature.
● Dynamic Content. Trusts buttons, links, movies, and other dynamic elements.
● Embedded High Privilege JavaScript. Trusts embedded scripts.
5. Click OK, and then click OK again.
Configuring identity search directories
Identity search directories help you locate specific digital ID certificates from network
servers, including LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) servers. By developing
trusted digital ID certificate storage area, you or a member of your workgroup can
facilitate the use of encryption in your workgroup. After you locate a digital ID certificate,
you can add it to your list of trusted identities so that you don't have to look it up again.
To configure an identity search directory:
1. Choose Document > Security Settings.
2. Select Directory Servers on the left.
3. Click New, specify a directory name and server settings, and then click OK.
For more information on server settings, contact your system administrator.
Setting Trust Manager preferences
Use the Trust Manager panel of the Preferences dialog box to change multimedia security
settings for trusted and nontrusted documents. For example, you can allow multimedia
files to be played in trusted documents and disallow them to be played in nontrusted
documents.
A document is trusted if it's added to the list of trusted documents and authors. If a
document is not trusted, you are prompted to add the document to this list when you try to
play a media clip in which the permission is set to Prompt. If you decide to add a certified
document to the list, both the document and the author's certificate are added to the list.
All documents certified by this author are trusted.
To set Trust Manager preferences:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and
then select Trust Manager on the left.
2. From the Display Permissions For menu, choose whether you want to display security
permissions for trusted documents or nontrusted documents.
3. Select whether the trusted documents (or nontrusted documents) can open other files or
launch applications.
4. Under Multimedia Permission Settings, select Allow Multimedia Operations to allow
media clips to be played.
5. To change the permission settings for a particular multimedia player, select the player in
the list, and choose one of the following options from the Change Permission For Select
Multimedia Player To menu:
● Always to allow the player to be used without prompting.
● Never to prevent the player from being used.
● Prompt to ask whether the player can be used. This option lets you decide whether to add
a nontrusted document to the list of trusted documents when you try to play the media clip
using the selected player.
6. To set the media playback options, select any of the following options:
● Allow Playback In A Floating Window With No Title Bars.
● Allow Document To Set Title Text In A Floating-playback Window.
● Allow Playback In Full-screen window.
For information on setting general multimedia preferences, see Setting Multimedia
preferences.
ACCESSIBILITY AND REFLOW
About accessibility and Adobe PDF documents
Elements of accessible PDF documents
Checking the accessibility of Adobe PDF documents
Understanding Reflow
Reflowing the contents of Adobe PDF documents
About accessibility and Adobe PDF documents
Adobe Reader includes a set of accessibility features that help readers with motion or
vision limitations navigate and view Adobe PDF documents more easily on Windows and
Mac OS platforms. Many of these features can be adjusted by using a wizard, the
Accessibility Setup Assistant. (See Setting accessibility preferences.)
Note: The Accessibility and Reflow features are available in the full version of Adobe
Reader, or can be installed as an update. To install the Accessibility update, choose Help >
Check For Updates Now.
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Keyboard alternatives to mouse actions. (See Keys for general navigating.)
Support for assistive technology (such as screen readers and screen magnifiers) that read
content and convert it to speech or braille output. (See Using a screen reader and
Outputting accessible text for a braille printer.)
Visibility customization to make text and images easier to view for people with a limited
range of vision. (See Using high-contrast colors.)
Reflow capability for text, to view at high magnifications or on Portable Device Assistants
(PDA). (See Reflowing the contents of Adobe PDF documents.)
Speech functionality on systems without assistive technology. (See Using the Read Out
Loud feature.)
Navigation through documents using auto-scroll, to reduce required keyboard and actions.
(See Using keyboard shortcuts for menu commands and navigation.)
For more information about using accessible features in Adobe Reader for PDF
documents, visit the Adobe website at http://access.adobe.com.
Elements of accessible PDF documents
For Adobe PDF documents to be accessed reliably, they should include the following
elements:
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Reading order: To effectively read information on a page, a screen reader or Text-toSpeech requires that content be structured. Tags add a logical structure to an Adobe PDF
document that organizes the content, such as text blocks and other page elements, and
defines the intended reading order of the page. To improve the reading order of a PDF
document, Adobe Reader may temporarily adds tags when you use assistive technology or
use the Reflow, Save As Text, or Read Out Loud command. Adding permanent tags to a
PDF file requires Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional or Standard.
Descriptions for images, form fields, and links: Document features such as illustrations,
and graphs, and interactive form fields can't be read by a screen reader unless they contain
alternate text that describes the element. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional can add alternate
text or tool tips to tagged PDF documents that use audio to describe these features to
readers with visual or learning disabilities.
Note: PDF documents that are created by scanning a printed page are inherently
inaccessible because the document is an image, not text that can be tagged into a logical
document structure or reading order. Use the Paper Capture feature in Acrobat 7.0
Professional or Standard to convert scanned PDF documents into searchable text.
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Navigation: Navigational aids in PDF documents, such as links, bookmarks, and a table of
contents provide an easy way for users to go directly to the section they want instead of
reading through a document page by page.
Security: PDF documents can be accessible while restricting users from printing, copying,
extracting, commenting, or editing text.
Checking the accessibility of Adobe PDF documents
The Accessibility Quick Check feature quickly analyzes an Adobe PDF document for
accessibility and returns a brief statement of any accessibility issues. This feature
determines if the PDF document includes tags, if it's a scanned image (and therefore
inaccessible), or if it includes protection settings that prohibit access.
To check a PDF document using Accessibility Quick Check:
Choose Document > Accessibility Quick Check.
Note: If the document is unstructured, the checker may suggest that you change the
reading-order preference. (See Setting Reading preferences.)
Understanding Reflow
In Adobe Reader, you can reflow a PDF document to read it on handheld devices, smaller
displays, or standard monitors at large magnifications, without having to scroll
horizontally to read each line. Reflow facilitates only the reading of documents; reflowed
documents can't be printed or saved.
Adobe Reader assigns a temporary tag structure to untagged PDF documents when you
select Reflow to improve the reading order of the document. (Tagged PDF documents
already include a tag structure that helps the reading order of reflowed documents.) All
readable text reflows into the reflowed document in a logical sequential order. Readable
text includes articles, paragraphs, tables, images, and formatted lists. Text that doesn't
reflow includes forms, comments, digital signature fields, and page artifacts, such as page
numbers, headers, and footers. Pages that contain both readable text and form or digital
signature fields don't reflow. Vertical text reflows horizontally. (See Reflowing the
contents of Adobe PDF documents.)
Reflowing the contents of Adobe PDF documents
Adobe PDF documents reflow one page at a time in the document window. You can't save
or print documents when they're in a reflowed state. (See Understanding Reflow.)
Note: The process of downloading the file to a handheld device requires Adobe Reader
for Palm OS, Adobe Reader for PocketPC, or Adobe Reader for Symbian OS. Both Adobe
Reader for Palm OS and Adobe Reader for PocketPC have two components: the desktop
program for your computer, and the reader application for your handheld device.
To reflow an Adobe PDF document:
1. On the status bar or in the View > Page Layout submenu, select either Single Page or
Continuous.
2. Choose View > Reflow.
If you use a standard monitor, increase the magnification to the desired amount.
To return to unreflowed view:
On the toolbar, click the Actual Size button
button
, the Fit Page button
, or choose a related command from the View menu.
, or the Fit Width
Customizing Adobe Reader for Accessibility
About accessibility preferences
Setting accessibility preferences
Using keyboard shortcuts for menu commands and navigation
Scrolling automatically
Outputting accessible text for a braille printer
Using a screen reader
Using the Read Out Loud feature
About accessibility preferences
Adobe Reader provides several settings that make PDF files more accessible for visuallyimpaired and motion-impaired users. These settings change how PDF documents appear
on-screen and are read by a screen reader. They also allow users to navigate documents
using only keyboard shortcuts. The Accessibility Setup Assistant provides on-screen
instructions for setting preferences in Adobe Reader.
You can select all of these settings in the Preferences dialog box, as well as preferences
that aren't available by using the wizard. Specifically, you can set your Multimedia
preferences to hear available descriptions for video and audio attachments, and your
Reading preferences to read form fields out loud. For a list of keyboard shortcuts for
Adobe Reader, see About keyboard shortcuts. For more information about how users with
disabilities access PDF documents, visit the Adobe website at http://access.adobe.com.
Setting accessibility preferences
If you start Adobe Reader for the first time in Windows while a screen reader or screen
magnifier is running, the Accessibility Setup Assistant, a wizard, starts to help you set
Adobe Reader preferences for better accessibility. Indicate the type of assistive device that
you use to present the best options for your system. If you use Mac OS or want to change
your preferences later, you must start the Accessibility Setup Assistant from the Help
menu. The wizard presents accessibility preferences that most affect users with screen
readers and magnifiers. Additional preferences may be set manually in the Accessibility,
Reading, Forms, and Multimedia panels of the Preferences dialog box.
To set accessibility preferences with the Accessibility Setup Assistant:
1. Start the Accessibility Setup Assistant by doing one of the following:
● Choose Help > Accessibility Setup Assistant.
● (Windows only) Start Adobe Reader while a screen reader or screen magnifier is running.
2. Select the option that you prefer:
● Select Set Options For Screen Readers if you use a device that reads text out loud or sends
it to a braille output device.
● Select Set Options For Screen Magnifiers if you use a device that makes text appear larger
on-screen.
● Select Set All Accessibility Options if you use a combination of assistive devices.
● Select Use Recommended Settings And Skip Setup to use the recommended settings for
accessibility.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to select accessibility preferences. (See Accessibility
options.) If you click Cancel at any point, Adobe Reader uses default settings for
accessibility (not recommended).
4. Click Done.
To set additional accessibility preferences in the Preferences dialog box:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS).
2. Select Accessibility. To improve compatibility with documents that don't specify a tab
order, select Use Document Structure For Tab Order When No Explicit Tab Order Is
Specified. Select any other preferences you want. (See Using high-contrast colors.)
3. Select Forms, and then select background or highlighting colors for form fields.
4. Select Multimedia, and then select the accessibility preferences that you want.
5. Select Reading, and select the Read Form Fields option and other appropriate options.
(See Setting Reading preferences.)
Related Subtopics:
Accessibility options
Using high-contrast colors
Setting Reading preferences
Selecting a reading order
Enabling single key accelerators
Accessibility options
The Setup Assistant helps you select several options that improve accessibility in Adobe
Reader, particularly if you use assistive technologies. You can manually select additional
options in the Preferences dialog box. The Setup Assistant includes the following options:
Note: Some options may not be available, depending on the type of assistive device you
specify; the Setup Assistant presents only options that are appropriate for your device.
Use High-Contrast Colors For Document Text
Lets you choose from a list of contrasting color combinations for text and background, or
create your own. (See Using high-contrast colors.)
Disable Text Smoothing
Makes text sharper and easier to read with a screen magnifier.
Default Display Zoom
Set a percentage value (8.33-6400) to magnify documents on the screen. Allows lowvision readers to read reflowed PDF documents more easily.
Always Use The Keyboard Selection Cursor
Keeps the pointer on automatically instead of requiring the user to select the Select tool
after a PDF document opens. Select this option if you use a screen magnifier.
Reading Order (for untagged documents)
Specifies the reading order of untagged documents. (See Selecting a reading order.)
Override The Reading Order In Tagged Documents
Uses the reading order specified in the Reading Preferences instead of that specified by
the tag structure of the document. Use only for PDF documents that are poorly tagged.
(See Selecting a reading order.)
Confirm Before Adding Tags To Document
When selected, Acrobat lets the user confirm the options that will be used before it
prepares an untagged document for reading by assistive technology. Tagging can be a
time-consuming procedure, particularly in larger documents.
Deliver Pages Or Document
Deliver Currently Visible Pages opens one page or a few pages at a time (Page Only
mode); Deliver The Entire Document At Once opens the entire document and may
negatively affect performance. Deliver All Pages Only For Small Documents lets Adobe
Reader selectively switch to Page Only mode if the document exceeds the page number
limit that you set in Maximum Number Of Pages In A Small Document. Page Only mode
is recommended for use with screen magnifiers but requires that you use keystroke
commands in Adobe Reader (not in the screen magnifier) to navigate to new pages.
Disable Document Auto-Save
Select to disable the auto-save function. Each time a PDF document is auto-saved, the
screen reader or magnifier must reload the document.
Reopen Documents To The Last Viewed Page
Allows you to save your place in the document for the next time you open it.
Display PDF Documents In The Web Browser
Opens PDF documents from the Internet in the web browser instead of a separate Adobe
Reader window. Deselect for greater control when navigating a document in a screen
reader.
Using high-contrast colors
Adobe Reader provides various options for making text in Adobe PDF documents easier
to see and read on-screen. You can enlarge small type, and adjust the colors and contrast
of text and background. Magnify the displayed document by using the Viewing toolbar,
the Zoom options on the status bar, or the commands on the View menu. (See Magnifying
and reducing the view.) The Accessibility preferences change only the colors for the page
background, document text, and line art. Additional color options that affect other areas of
the on-screen display are located on the Forms, Full Screen, Layout Grid, and Spelling
panels of the Preferences dialog box.
You can enlarge or reduce the font size of your bookmarks with the Options menu
on the Bookmarks tab. You can set the background color of pages and the color of the text
in the Preferences dialog box. Preferences affect your view of all PDF documents, but
they do not affect printing or what other users see when they view the same documents on
another computer.
To change background and text colors:
1. In the Preferences dialog box, select Accessibility.
2. Select Replace Document Colors, and do one of the following:
● Select Use High-Contrast Colors, and then choose a color combination from the pop-up
menu.
● Select Custom Color, and then change the Page Background and Document Text colors by
clicking the color swatch and then clicking a color in the color palette.
● (Windows only) Select Use Windows Color Scheme to choose the standard color scheme
for Windows.
Note: If you do not want to change the color of text that is already colored, select Change
Only The Color Of Black Text, and then click OK.
Setting Reading preferences
You can use the Reading preferences to determine how documents are read by screen
readers or the Read Out Loud feature, and in what order. Set the volume and speed, and
choose between voices that come with the system or that are installed with speech engines
(such as SAPI 4 and SAPI 5 on Windows).
Note: For information on other preferences that affect accessibility, see About
accessibility preferences.
To set reading preferences:
1. In the Preferences dialog box, select Reading.
2. Choose a reading order option, and choose whether to override the reading order in tagged
documents. (See Selecting a reading order.)
3. If you use a screen reader, select the options you want. (See Accessibility options.)
4. If you use Read Out Loud, select the settings you want for Volume, Voice, Pitch, and
Words Per Minute. Then, select Read Form Fields to have the Read Out Loud feature read
text fields, check boxes, and radio buttons in fillable forms.
Note: The Pitch and Words Per Minute options are available only when you deselect Use
Default Speech Attributes.
Selecting a reading order
On pages with multiple columns or stories, the natural visual progression through blocks
of text may be complicated, especially if the page design is complex or if the document is
poorly structured. Choosing a reading order can improve how untagged Adobe PDF
documents are read, by both screen readers and the Read Out Loud feature. The reading
order also affects the order of text when you choose File > Save As and select the Text
(Accessible) *.txt option.
Adobe Reader includes the following reading-order options:
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Infer Reading Order From Document (recommended) delivers words according to a
sophisticated structure-inference process that determines the most likely reading order.
Unless you experience unsatisfactory results with a specific document or have
performance problems when using this option, leave this option selected.
Left-To-Right, Top-To-Bottom reading order reads the text according to its placement on
the page and is faster than Infer Reading Order From Document. This option analyzes text
only; form fields are ignored and tables aren't recognized as such. You may use Document
mode with this setting, or type a large number for the Minimum Number Of Pages In A
Large Document setting.
Reading Order In Raw Print Stream delivers words in the order in which they were
recorded in the print stream and reads documents faster than Infer Reading Order From
Document. This option analyzes text only; form fields are ignored and tables aren't
recognized as such. You may use Document mode with this setting, or type a large
number for the Minimum Number Of Pages In A Large Document setting.
Override The Reading Order In Tagged Documents. Select this option only if you
encounter problems reading a tagged document.
Enabling single key accelerators
You can improve the functionality of your keyboard by using single key accelerators.
Most keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Reader don't require that you enable this option. (See
Keys for selecting tools.)
To enable single key accelerators:
1. In the Preferences dialog box, select General.
2. Select Use Single-Key Accelerators To Access Tools.
Using keyboard shortcuts for menu commands and
navigation
You can navigate by using the keyboard instead of the mouse. See About keyboard
shortcuts. In Mac OS, several keyboard-access features are available. In Windows, some
of the keyboard shortcuts used to navigate in Adobe Reader may differ from those used in
other Windows applications.
Related Subtopics:
Setting up full keyboard access (Mac OS only)
Using shortcuts within web browsers (Windows only)
Setting up full keyboard access (Mac OS only)
In Mac OS, you can navigate and interact within the Adobe Reader work area and Adobe
PDF documents by setting up the appropriate system-level preferences.
To set up full keyboard access:
1. On the Apple menu, choose System Preferences, and select Keyboard & Mouse (Mac OS
10.3) or Keyboard (Mac OS 10.2).
2. Click the Keyboard Shortcuts tab (Mac OS 10.3) or Full Keyboard Access tab (Mac OS
10.2).
3. Select the Turn On Full Keyboard Access option.
4. Do one of the following:
● In Mac OS 10.3, choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, select Universal
Access, and then select either Enable Access For Assistive Devices to use installed screen
reader technology or Enable Text-To-Speech For Universal Access to use the Mac OS
speech technology.
● In Mac OS 10.2, select Any Control and then exit the System Preferences.
When you open Adobe Reader within a web browser, keyboard commands are mapped
first to the web browser. Consequently, some keyboard shortcuts may not be available for
Adobe Reader or may not be available until after you shift the focus to the PDF document.
Using shortcuts within web browsers (Windows only)
You can use the keyboard to control Adobe Reader within Microsoft® Internet Explorer
in Windows. At first, the focus is on the PDF document and the Adobe Reader
application, so navigation and command keystrokes function normally. Pressing Ctrl+Tab
shifts the focus to the web browser. Pressing the Tab key shifts the focus back to the
document.
Scrolling automatically
The automatic scrolling feature makes it easier to scan through long PDF documents,
especially reflowed documents. You can scroll through pages without using keystrokes or
mouse actions.
To scroll automatically through a document:
1. Choose View > Automatically Scroll.
2. Do any of the following:
● To change the scrolling speed, press a number key (9 is the fastest, and 0 is the slowest),
or press the Up or Down arrow keys.
● To reverse the direction of the scrolling, press the hyphen or minus sign key.
● To jump to the next or previous page, press the Left Arrow or Right Arrow key.
To stop automatic scrolling, press Esc or choose View > Automatically Scroll again.
Outputting accessible text for a braille printer
You can save the text in a PDF document to print on a braille printer. Accessible text can
be imported and printed out as formatted, grade 1 or 2 braille documents by using a braille
translation application. See the documentation included with the braille translator for more
information.
To save a PDF document as accessible text:
1. Choose File > Save As Text.
2. Choose Text (Accessible) from the Format pop-up menu, name the file, and then click OK.
Using a screen reader
Adobe Reader supports assistive technologies that enable visually impaired users to
interact with computer applications, such as screen readers and screen magnifiers. When
assistive technologies are in use, Adobe Reader may add temporary tags to open PDF
documents to improve their readability. Use the Accessibility Setup Assistant to improve
how Adobe Reader interacts with the type of assistive technology you use. (See Setting
accessibility preferences.) You may also change your reading settings for the current
document when using a screen reader by choosing Document > Change Accessibility
Reading Options. (See Setting Reading preferences.)
Contact your vendor for more information about using a screen reader or screen magnifier
with Adobe Reader.
Using the Read Out Loud feature
You can use the Read Out Loud feature to read aloud as many pages of an Adobe PDF
document as you want. Read Out Loud reads the text in comment pop-ups and alternate
text descriptions for images and fillable fields. In tagged or structured PDF documents,
content is read in the order it appears within the logical structure. In unstructured
documents, the reading order is inferred, unless a reading order is specified with the
Accessibility Setup Assistant or in the Preferences dialog box. (See Selecting a reading
order.)
Read Out Loud uses the available voices installed in your system; contact your operating
system vendor for additional voices on Windows. If you have SAPI 4 or SAPI 5 voices
installed from text-to-speech or language applications, you can choose them to read your
PDF documents.
Note: The Read Out Loud feature can read the text of a PDF file out loud, but is not a
screen reader. Some systems may not support this feature.
To read a document out loud:
1. Open an Adobe PDF document.
2. Navigate to the page you want to read.
3. Choose one of the following:
● View > Read Out Loud > Read This Page Only.
● View > Read Out Loud > Read To End Of Document.
To interrupt the Read Out Loud feature:
Choose one of the following:
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View > Read Out Loud > Pause.
View > Read Out Loud > Stop.
To read form fields out loud:
1. Make sure that Read Form Fields is selected in the Reading preferences. (See Setting
Reading preferences.)
2. In the form, press Tab to select the first form field. A description is read out loud.
Note: When you type text into a text field, Read Out Loud doesn't read the new text until
you press Tab to exit the text field, and Shift+Tab to reenter the text field.
3. Make entries and selections as needed. Adobe Reader reads the state of selected check
boxes and radio buttons.
4. Press Tab to select each field until you complete the form.
ADOBE PDF EDITING
About editing Adobe PDF documents
About editing Adobe PDF documents
Adobe Reader lets you open and view Adobe PDF documents. To perform editing tasks
such as adding bookmarks, links, and headers or footers, you must use Adobe Acrobat.
However, you can edit and view PDF documents in the following ways:
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Copy and paste text and images from a PDF document to another application. Use the
Select tool to select text, tables, or images, and then copy the selection. (See Copying text,
tables, and images.)
Note: Secure PDF documents do not permit copying and pasting of page content.
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Open and view file attachments. Creators of PDF documents can use Adobe Acrobat 7.0
to attach documents to a PDF document, which is sometimes called an eEnvelope. You
can open these document attachments in Adobe Reader. (See About file attachments.)
Open and view digital media. If you have the appropriate hardware and software, you can
play movies and sound clips that are embedded in a PDF document. (See Playing movies
and sound clips.)
Copying Content in Adobe PDF Documents
Copying text, tables, and images
Copying text, tables, and images
You can use Adobe Reader to select text, a table, or an image in an Adobe PDF document
and copy it to the Clipboard. You can then paste the copied item into a document in
another application. In Adobe Reader 7.0, the Select tool lets you select any page item.
Related Subtopics:
Copying text
Copying tables
Copying images
Copying and pasting a combination of text and images as an image
Saving documents as text
Copying text
Use the Select tool to select text or columns of text in an Adobe PDF document. You can
use the Copy and Paste commands to copy the selected text into another application. Note
the following:
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You can specify in the General preferences that whenever the Hand tool is over text in an
Adobe PDF document, it automatically functions as the Select tool. You can also
determine whether text is selected before images, or images before text. (See General
preferences.)
If the Cut, Copy, and Paste commands are unavailable when you select text, the author of
the PDF document may have set restrictions against copying text. (See Viewing document
properties.)
If a font copied from a PDF document is not available on the system displaying the copied
text, the font cannot be preserved. The missing font is substituted.
If the PDF document is tagged properly, you can use the Copy With Formatting
command, which retains the document's multi-column layout, if any.
In some situations, your selection may include unwanted text. For example, while
selecting text that spans two pages, the text selection may include footer information if the
document is not properly tagged.
If the PDF document was created using a scanner, or if the text is part of an image, the
text may be recognized as an image, not as characters that you can select. You may want
to ask the creator of the PDF document to use the Paper Capture command in Adobe
Acrobat so that text can be selected.
Select text by dragging from an insertion point to an end point or by dragging diagonally over
text.
To select characters, spaces, words or lines of text:
1. Select the Select tool
, and do one of the following:
● Drag from the beginning to end of the text to be selected. (You can also click to create an
insertion point, and Shift-click to create a second insertion point. The text between the two
insertion points is selected.)
● Double-click to select a word.
● Triple-click to select a line of text.
● Click four times to select all the text in a page.
2. If you want to extend the selection letter by letter, press Shift and an arrow key. To extend
a selection word by word, press Shift+Ctrl (Windows) or Shift+Command (Mac OS) and
an arrow key.
You can revert to the Hand tool at any time by pressing Esc. You can switch to the Hand
tool temporarily by holding down the space bar. If you hold the pointer over the text
selection, a menu appears that lets you copy, highlight, or underline the text, among other
options.
To select a column of text:
1. Select the Select tool
, and move the pointer towards the column of text. When the
pointer changes to the Column-select icon
, the Select tool is in column-select mode.
To force column selection rather than text selection, press Ctrl (Windows) or Command
(Mac OS).
2. Do one of the following:
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Hold the pointer outside the text area so that the pointer changes to the Column icon
,
and drag a box over the block or column of text.
Ctrl+Alt-drag (Windows) or Command+Option-drag (Mac OS) a box over the block or
column of text.
To select text in more than one column, drag from the beginning of the text in one column
to the end of text you want to select.
The sensitivity with which the Select tool changes from text-select mode to column-select
mode is set in the General preferences.
To select all the text on a page:
1. Choose Single Page for the page layout.
2. Select the Select tool
, and do one of the following:
● Select any amount of text on the page; then press Ctrl+A (Windows) or Command+A
(Mac OS).
● Choose Edit > Select All.
● Right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac OS), and choose Select All from the context
menu.
Note: If Continuous or Continuous-Facing is selected for the page layout, all the text in
the document is selected.
●
Click four times in the page. This method selects all the text on the page regardless of the
page layout.
To copy selected text:
1. Use the Select tool
to select any amount of text on the page.
2. Do one of the following:
● Choose Edit > Copy to copy the selected text to another application.
● Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS), and choose Copy to Clipboard (or
Copy With Formatting, if the document is tagged).
● Hold the pointer over the selection until a menu appears, and then choose Copy to
Clipboard (or Copy With Formatting, if the document is tagged).
Copying tables
You can copy text from a table in a PDF document into another application. You can also
use the Snapshot tool to copy an image of a table to the Clipboard or into an open
document in another application.
To copy text from a table:
1. Use the Select tool
to select text in the table.
2. Choose Edit > Copy.
3. Paste the text into an open document another application.
To copy a table as an image using the Snapshot tool:
1. Select the Snapshot tool
.
2. Drag a box around the rows and columns to be copied. Click OK. The selection is copied
automatically to the Clipboard.
3. Paste the selection into an open document in another application.
Note: The table is copied as a bitmap; it is no longer editable.
Copying images
You can copy and paste individual images from an Adobe PDF document to the
Clipboard, to another application, or to a file using the Select tool. When the pointer
the Select tool is in image selection mode.
changes to the cross hair
Note: If you cannot select an image because of overlapping text, choose the Select Images
Before Text option in General Preferences.
To copy an image using the Select tool:
1. Select the Select tool
, and place it over the image. When the cross hair
one of the following:
● To select the image, click it, or drag a box around it.
● To select a portion of the image, drag a box around the portion.
appears, do
Note: To deselect an image and start over, click outside the selected image.
2. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS), and choose Copy Image To Clipboard.
Copying and pasting a combination of text and images as
an image
You can use the Snapshot tool to copy the contents of the selection (text, an image, or
both) to the Clipboard or to another application. Both text and images are copied as an
image.
To copy an image or text in image format using the Snapshot tool:
Select the Snapshot tool
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, and do one of the following:
Click in the page to capture the content displayed on-screen.
Drag a box around the text, images, or a combination of both.
Drag a box within an image to copy just a portion of the image.
Colors in the selected area are inverted momentarily to highlight the selection. You can
open a file in another application and paste the copied selection directly into the target
document.
Saving documents as text
If you have large amounts of text to copy, you can use the Save As Text command instead
of the Select tool. However, keep in mind that all the text in the document is copied,
including any headers, footers, captions, and footnotes. After you paste the saved text into
the new document, make sure that you clean it up, deleting or moving any text that's out of
place.
To save a document as text:
1. Choose File > Save As Text.
2. Specify the name and location of the file, and then choose Save. After you save it, you can
open it in any text editor or word-processing application to clean up the text.
Working with File Attachments
About file attachments
Opening and saving attachments
Adding attachments to PDF documents
Searching in attachments
About file attachments
If an Adobe PDF document includes additional usage rights, you can attach PDF and other
files to the document so that the reader can open it for viewing. If you move the PDF
document to a new location, the attachments automatically go with it. You can add two
types of file attachments to PDF documents from the File toolbar: document-level
attachments and page-level attachments. Document-level attachments are added by using
. Page-level attachments are added as comments by using
the Attach A File tool
various tools to add sound files and documents. (See Adding attachments as comments.)
Comment, or page-level, attachments display the File Attachment icon
icon
or the Speaker
on the page where they're located.
If a PDF document contains an attachment, the File Attachment icon
appears in the
status bar. You can view the number of attachments by placing the pointer over the icon.
The Attachments tab lists all the attachments in the PDF document, including the name, a
description, the modification date, and the file size. Page-level attachments also include
the page number of their location.
Opening and saving attachments
Opening and saving attachments is simple in Adobe Reader. However, you must have an
application installed that can handle the file format of the attachment. You can open a
PDF attachment in Adobe Reader and make changes to it--if you have permissions to do
so--and your changes are applied to the PDF attachment. When you open a non-PDF
attachment, you have an option of opening or saving the file; opening the file starts the
application that handles the file format of the attachment. Any changes you make to a nonPDF attachment are not applied to the attachment. Instead, save changes to the file, and
then reattach it to the primary PDF document. (See Saving modified files into the primary
document.)
To open an attachment:
1. In the Attachments tab, select the attachment.
2. Click Open, or choose Open from the Options menu.
To save a copy of one or more attachments:
1. In the Attachments tab, select one or more attachments.
2. Click Save, or choose Save from the Options menu.
3. Save the attachment:
● To save a single attachment, name the file, specify a location, and then click Save.
● To save multiple attachments, specify a location, and then click Save.
Related Subtopics:
Saving modified files into the primary document
Saving modified files into the primary document
If commenting is enabled in a PDF document, you can make changes to attachments in the
document, depending on the application you choose to open the attachment. If you make
any changes to the attachment, a new modified date appears in the Attachments tab of the
PDF document.
Adding attachments to PDF documents
If a PDF document includes additional usage rights, you can attach a separate file to it. In
Adobe Reader, you can attach a PDF file or a file from other applications to the PDF
document. To attach a file as a comment, see Adding attachments as comments.
To attach a file to a PDF document:
1. Do one of the following:
● Choose Document > Attach A File.
● Click the Attachments tab, and click the Add button
.
2. In the Add Attachment dialog box, select the file you want to attach, and click Open.
You can drag a PDF file to the Attachments tab of an open PDF file to attach it.
Searching in attachments
When searching for specific words or phrases, you can include PDF attachments in your
search. Use either the Search Documents & Attachments button in the Attachments tab or
the advanced search options in the Search PDF window. Search results from attachments
appear in the Results list beneath the attachment file name, which includes the attachment
icon. Non-PDF attachments are ignored by the search engine.
Note: Full Search options are available only in the full version of Adobe Reader.
To search PDF attachments from the Attachments tab:
1. In the Attachments tab, choose Search Attachments from the Options menu. The Search
PDF window opens.
2. Type the word or phrase that you want to search for, select the results option you want,
and then click Search Attachments.
To search PDF attachments from the Search PDF window:
1. Click the Search button
in the toolbar to open the Search PDF window.
2. Type the word or phrase that you want to search for, and select the results option you
want.
3. Click Use Advanced Search Options at the bottom of the window, and then select Search
In Attachments.
Working with Digital Media in Adobe PDF Documents
Playing movies and sound clips
Setting Multimedia preferences
Interacting with 3D content
Using the Picture Tasks plug-in to work with pictures
Using Photoshop Album Starter Edition to create slide shows
Playing movies and sound clips
You can play movies and sound clips that authors have added to PDF documents. A media
clip may appear directly in the PDF document. In some cases, a media clip plays when
you click a link or bookmark. To play media clips, you must have the appropriate
hardware and software installed. (See Setting Multimedia preferences.)
Note: If you have not downloaded the full version of Adobe Reader, you cannot play
media clips. Choose Help > Check For Updates Now to install the necessary plug-ins.
You may also need to download a media player.
To play movies or sound clips:
In the PDF document that contains a media clip, click the link, bookmark, or media clip
poster. If the media clip includes player controls, click the Play button.
Setting Multimedia preferences
You can select the preferred media player to play movies and sound clips, determine
whether the Player Finder dialog box appears, and set multimedia accessibility options for
visually impaired users. For example, some movie clips include subtitles, dubbed audio,
or supplemental text captions. You can determine whether these items appear when the
movie is played in your Adobe PDF document. You cannot add media clips using Adobe
Reader; Acrobat Professional is required to add movies and sounds to a PDF document.
To change multimedia preferences:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Acrobat > Preferences (Mac OS), and then
select Multimedia from the left side of the dialog box.
2. From the Preferred Media Player menu, select an option to determine the default player
that plays media clips.
3. Under Accessibility Options, select which special features are allowed to play, specify the
preferred language for the media in case multiple languages are available, and then click
OK.
(For information on setting multimedia preferences for trusted documents, see Setting
Trust Manager preferences.)
Interacting with 3D content
In Adobe Reader, you can view and interact with high-quality, 3D (three-dimensional)
content created in professional 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) or 3D modeling
programs.
Note: The full version of Adobe Reader includes 3D support. To add 3D support, choose
Help > Check For Updates Now and select the 3D package.
3D content may initially appear as a two-dimensional poster image. To interact with the
3D content, use tools from the 3D toolbar that appears above the enabled 3D content. You
can also select tools by right-clicking (Windows) or Control-clicking (Mac OS) the 3D
canvas.
To navigate in 3D:
Select a tool from the 3D toolbar and then drag in the canvas area:
Note: If the 3D toolbar doesn't appear, you may need to enable the 3D content by clicking
in the 3D canvas area with the Hand tool.
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Rotate lets you orbit around objects in a scene. To increase the orbit distance, hold down
the Shift key.
Navigate lets you advance in any direction. To tilt the view, hold down the Ctrl key
(Windows) or Command key (Mac OS) key. To move the view, hold down the Shift key.
Zoom moves you toward, or away from, objects in the scene.
Pan lets you move up, down, or from side to side.
Using the Picture Tasks plug-in to work with pictures
The Picture Tasks plug-in lets you extract JPEG images sent to you in an Adobe PDF file
that was created with Adobe Photoshop® Album, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, or
Adobe Acrobat. With Picture Tasks, you can export and save the pictures to your local
computer and edit them using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. You can also print them
locally using standard photo-print sizes and layouts, or send them to an online service
provider and have the prints mailed directly to you.
Note: Picture Tasks does not support JPEG-formatted PDF files created from other
applications, or Adobe PDF files with ZIP compression created using Photoshop Elements
2.0.
Related Subtopics:
Installing Picture Tasks and other plug-ins
Using Picture Tasks features
Exporting pictures
Editing pictures
Sharing or ordering prints online (Windows only)
Printing pictures on a local printer
Installing Picture Tasks and other plug-ins
If you are not using the full version of Adobe Reader and try to open a Picture Tasksenabled Adobe PDF file for the first time, you are prompted to install the Picture Tasks
plug-in. You can download and install the Picture Tasks plug-in alone, or as a package
with two other plug-ins: the Image Viewer plug-in and the Multimedia plug-in. The Image
Viewer plug-in lets you view Adobe PDF multimedia slideshows and eCards (personal
greetings sent via email) that were created with Adobe Photoshop Album. The Multimedia
plug-in lets you play sounds and movies. (See Playing movies and sound clips.)
To install the plug-ins prior to opening a file:
1. Choose Help > Check For Updates Now.
2. Select Multimedia Package, and click Install.
Using Picture Tasks features
Picture Tasks features are activated in the toolbar every time you open a Picture Tasksenabled Adobe PDF file. You can open the Picture Tasks page in the How To window for
links to key features.
To open the Picture Tasks page in the How To window:
Do one of the following:
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Choose Help > How To > Picture Tasks.
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Click the Picture Tasks button
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Choose How To Picture Tasks from the Picture Tasks pop-up menu
on the toolbar.
.
Note: The Picture Tasks menu is available only if the current document is Picture Tasksenabled.
Picture Tasks page in the How To window and Picture Tasks menu (Windows)
Exporting pictures
Use the export function of the Picture Tasks plug-in to save any number of pictures
contained within an Adobe PDF file to your local machine. You can also export the
pictures to a slideshow.
To export pictures:
1. On the toolbar, choose Export Pictures from the Picture Tasks pop-up menu
.
2. In the Export Pictures dialog box, select each picture you want to export, or click Select
All to export all pictures.
3. To change the location where the pictures are saved, click Change, select a location, and
click OK (Windows) or Choose (Mac OS).
4. In the File Names section, do one of the following:
● Select Original Names to save the pictures using their original file names.
● Select Common Base Name, and enter a base file name to save the pictures using a file
name common to all the pictures. Each picture is saved with the common file name and
appended with a number to differentiate the pictures. For example, if you choose to export
three pictures and assign the file name "Sunset," the pictures are saved as Sunset1.jpg,
Sunset2.jpg, and Sunset3.jpg.
5. Click Export.
To export pictures to a slideshow:
1. On the toolbar, choose Export To Slideshow from the Picture Tasks pop-up menu
.
2. In the Export To Slideshow dialog box, select the images you want to include in the
slideshow, or click Select All to include all pictures.
3. Select the slideshow preferences you want to use for slide duration, transitions, and music,
and then click Export.
4. Name the slideshow, select a location for the file, and then click Save.
Editing pictures
You can edit exported pictures on your local machine using Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop
Elements, or another image-editing application.
If you use the Export And Edit Pictures command, the pictures are exported, saved, and
automatically opened in an image-editing application.
Note: When you export pictures from an Adobe PDF file and then edit pictures in an
image-editing application, the changes you make are not reflected in the PDF file that
contains the original pictures.
To export and edit pictures:
1. On the toolbar, choose Export And Edit Pictures from the Picture Tasks pop-up menu
.
2. In the Export And Edit Pictures dialog box, select each picture you want to edit, or click
Select All to edit all the pictures.
3. To change the location where the pictures are saved, click Change, select the location, and
click OK.
4. In the File Names section, do one of the following:
● To save the pictures using their original file names, select Original Names.
● To save the pictures using a name common to all the pictures, select Common Base Name,
and enter the base file name in the box. Each file name is appended with a number to
differentiate the pictures. For example, if you choose to export three pictures and assign
the file name "Sunset," the pictures are saved as Sunset1.jpg, Sunset2.jpg, and Sunset3.jpg.
5. Select an application to edit the pictures. To change the editing application, click Change,
locate the new editing application, and click Open.
6. Click Edit. The editing application launches, opening all the pictures you selected. You
can then edit and save them separately.
Sharing or ordering prints online (Windows only)
Use the Online Services features to send your images to online printing service providers
to order prints to be sent to you, or to share the images with others online. You can share,
or order prints from, Adobe PDF files or Adobe PDF project files. (A PDF project file is
an Adobe PDF file that was created using a specific template in Photoshop Elements 2.0
or Photoshop Album 1.0, such as a calendar or photo album.) The template you use to
create the project determines which online service providers are available.
Once you've uploaded the file, you can view it and select options for sharing, or select
print options and complete the order process on the online service provider's website. The
online service list may be updated each time you send images, so check it occasionally for
new services.
Online Services dialog box
To order pictures or a project for printing:
1. On the toolbar, choose Order Pictures Online or Order Project Online from the Picture
Tasks pop-up menu
.
Note: The first time you use an online service, an End User License Agreement appears.
Click Agree to continue.
2. Click Next.
3. Choose a service from the list in the Online Services Wizard, and follow the prompts. If
you need help, refer to the service provider's customer service or help system.
To share pictures or a project online:
1. On the toolbar, choose Share Pictures Online or Share Project Online from the Picture
Tasks pop-up menu
.
Note: The first time you use an online service, an End User License Agreement appears.
Click Agree to continue.
2. Click Next.
3. Choose a service from the list in the Online Services Wizard, and follow the prompts. If
you need help, refer to the service provider's customer service or help system.
Printing pictures on a local printer
You can print pictures to a local printer from an Adobe PDF file in just a few steps. Print any number of pictures
using standard photo print sizes by using the Print dialog box.
Print Pictures dialog box
To print pictures:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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On the toolbar, choose Print Pictures from the Picture Tasks pop-up menu
.
In the Select Pictures dialog box, select each picture you want to print, or click Select All to print all pictures.
Click Next.
Specify the desired options, and then click Next:
Select a Print Size option to determine the size of the pictures on the page. If you select the Picture Package option,
click Layout Size to determine the paper size and layout. To change the paper size for all other options, click
Change Settings under Printer Setup.
Select Print Only One Image Per Page if you want only one picture per page.
Select Crop And Rotate To Fit if you want the image to fill the selected print size. This option eliminates any extra
white space around a picture that may result from the differences between the picture size and the chosen print size.
Type a number in the Use Each Image [#] Times box to indicate how many of each picture you want to print.
Note: When you make changes in the Print Pictures dialog box, the changes are applied to all selected pictures.
5. In the Print dialog box, set the desired options, and click OK. (See Printing Adobe PDF documents.)
Note: If the print layout exceeds the available print area on the paper, you will be prompted to choose another
option.
Using Photoshop Album Starter Edition to create slide
shows
With Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0 Starter Edition, you can freely explore the basic
features of Photoshop Album 2.0. Photoshop Album 2.0 Starter Edition makes it easy to
find, fix, and share your digital photos. You can organize your digital photos in a snap, fix
photo flaws in just a click or two, easily share your memories in a captioned slide show, or
email individual photos to family and friends.
If Photoshop Album 1.0 or Photoshop Album 1.0 Starter Edition is already installed on
your computer, Photoshop Album 2.0 Starter Edition automatically creates a copy of your
existing catalog. Photoshop Album 2.0 Starter Edition is available as an update by
choosing Help > Check For Updates Now.
For information about using Photoshop Album 2.0 Starter Edition, see the Help menu in
Photoshop Album Starter Edition.
SPECIAL FEATURES
About searching Adobe PDF documents
About Digital Editions
About searching Adobe PDF documents
Acrobat provides several ways for you to find what you're looking for.
You can search within PDF documents to find a word fragment, word, or phrase. You can
search the text, comments, bookmarks, and document information (metadata).You can
search from within Adobe Reader or your web browser. You can search one file or
multiple files, and you can even search PDF documents without opening them.
To search solely in the document that you have open, use the Find command. You can
limit your search by matching only whole words or making the search case-sensitive, or
you can extend the search by searching bookmarks and comments as well as text. (See
About searching text.)
To extend the search to documents other than the one you have open or to access more
advanced search features, including the use of Boolean operators such as AND, OR, and
NOT to further refine your search, use the Search command. (See Searching across
multiple Adobe PDF documents and Using Boolean queries in multiple-document
searches.)
If you have the full version of Adobe Reader and if the collection of documents that you
are searching has been indexed using Acrobat Catalog, you can search the index for a
word rather than searching each document. A full-text index search is much faster than
searching all the text in the documents.
For information on searching non-English language PDF files, see Working with nonEnglish languages in Adobe PDF files.
About Digital Editions
Adobe Digital Editions (eBooks) are PDF files that have been specially packaged to
protect the copyright of the author or publisher. Adobe Digital Editions can be purchased
from retailers, borrowed from libraries, or exchanged among users. You can also obtain
PDF versions of magazines and periodicals by subscribing to a Digital Editions service.
As with any Adobe PDF file, Digital Editions can be moved, copied to a folder or a CD,
posted on the web, or sent as an email attachment. To read a Digital Edition, you must
have a license to open and read the Digital Edition (generally provided by the seller or
lender) and you must activate the Reader application. (See Activating Adobe Reader.)
Searching for Text in Adobe PDF Documents
About searching text
Searching for words in a PDF document
Searching across multiple Adobe PDF documents
Setting Search preferences
About searching text
You can search for specific words in the text of an open Adobe PDF document, a set of
PDF documents in a specified location, PDF files on the Internet, or a catalog of indexed
PDF documents. You can search PDF documents for words in the text, layers, form fields,
digital signatures, comments, bookmarks, attachments, document properties, custom
document properties, XMP metadata, object data, indexed structure tags, and image XIF
(extended image file format) metadata. Several of these items are searched by default
while others require you to select particular options or use a particular search tool.(See
Searching for words in a PDF document.)
Searching for words in a PDF document
You can use either the Find toolbar or the Search PDF window to locate a word, series of
words, or partial word in the active Adobe PDF document. The Find toolbar provides a
basic set of options for searching for text in only the current PDF document; the Search
PDF window searches more PDF areas than the Find toolbar, provides more advanced
options, and lets you search for text in one or more PDF documents, an index of PDF
files, or PDF files on the Internet (see Searching Adobe PDF documents on the Internet).
By default, both the Find toolbar and the Search PDF window search the text, layers, form
fields, and digital signatures in the PDF document; both features also let you include
bookmarks and comments in the search. By default, the Search PDF window also searches
object data, and image XIF (extended image file format) metadata; it searches document
properties and XMP metadata by default but only when searching multiple PDF
documents or a PDF index; it searches indexed structure tags but only when searching a
PDF index. In addition, the Search PDF window lets you include attachments in the
search.
Note: Adobe PDF documents can have multiple layers. If the search results include an
occurrence on a hidden layer, selecting that occurrence displays an alert that asks if you
want to make that layer visible.
If you prefer using the Find toolbar, dock the toolbar to the Adobe Reader toolbar
area to make it always available. (See Customizing the work area.) If you prefer using the
advanced search options in the Search PDF window, set the Search preference to display
these options by default. (See Setting Search preferences.)
To search for words in a document using the Find dialog box:
1. Open the document.
2. To display the Find toolbar, right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac OS) in the toolbar
area and select Find.
3. In the Find box, type the word, words, or partial word that you want to search for.
4. From the Find Options menu
select options as desired. (See Search options.)
5. To view each search result, click the Find Previous button
to go backward or forward through the document.
or the Find Next button
If you want to switch to the Search PDF feature for additional search options, choose
Open Full Reader Search from the Find Options menu in the Find toolbar.
To search for words in a PDF document using the Search PDF window:
1. Open the document.
2. Click the Search button
on the File toolbar.
3. If you want to perform an advanced search, click Use Advanced Search Options. (See
Advanced search options.)
You can set a preference to open Advanced Search options instead of Basic Search
options when you click Search. See Setting Search preferences.
4. Type the word, words, or part of a word that you want to search for.
5. Set options as desired. See Search options and Advanced search options.
6. Click Search. The results appear in page order and, if applicable, show a few words of
context. Each result displays an icon to identify the type of occurrence: the Bookmark
Result icon ; the Comment Result icon ; the Layer Result icon ; or the Attachment
Result icon . All other searchable areas display the Search Result icon .
7. To display the page that contains a search result, click an item in the Results list. The
occurrence is highlighted. Choose Edit > Search Results > Next Result or Edit > Search
and the Next button
at the top of
Results > Previous Result, or use the Back button
the Search PDF window to move forward and backward through search panes.
Note: During a search, you can click a result or use keyboard shortcuts to navigate the
results without interrupting the search. (See Keys for general navigating.) Clicking the
Stop button under the search-progress bar cancels further searching and limits the results
to the occurrences already found. It does not close the Search PDF window or delete the
Results list. To see more results, you must run a new search.
Related Subtopics:
Search options
Advanced search options
Closing the Search PDF window
Search options
The Find toolbar provides the following search options in the toolbar's Find Options
menu. The Search PDF window provides these options in either the basic or advanced
search mode:
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Whole Words Only finds only occurrences of the complete word you enter in the text box.
For example, if you search for the word stick, the words tick and sticky aren't found.
Case-Sensitive finds only occurrences of the words that are in the case that you typed. For
example, if you search for the word Web, the words web or WEB aren't found.
Include Bookmarks searches the text in the Bookmarks tab as well as in the document.
Include Comments searches the text in comments and in the document.
Advanced search options
The Advanced Search options in the Search PDF window can either broaden or restrict
your search results. You can view Advanced Search options by clicking Use Advanced
Search Options at the bottom of the Search PDF window when the window displays Basic
Search options.
Note: The options Whole Words Only, Case-Sensitive, Include Bookmarks, and Include
Comments are also available when the window is in basic search mode. For information
on these options, see Search options.
The Return Results Containing menu lets you restrict your search results according to the
option you choose:
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Match Exact Word Or Phrase searches for the entire string of characters, including spaces,
in the order in which they appear in the text box. For example, if you type Adobe
Acrobat, the results list only instances of Adobe Acrobat (both words, next to each
other, and in that order).
Match Any Of The Words searches for any instances of at least one of the words typed.
For example, if you type each of, the results include any instances in which one or
both of the two words appear: each, of, each of, or of each.
Match All Of The Words searches for instances that contain all your search words, but not
necessarily in the order you type them. For example, if you type of each, the results
include instances of of each and each of. This option is available only for a search of
multiple documents or index definition files.
Boolean Query searches for terms or phrases you indicate using Boolean operators. This
option is available only for searching in a designated location, not for single-document
searches. (See Using Boolean queries in multiple-document searches.)
The Look In menu lets you restrict the search to the current document, an index, or a
location on your computer. If you choose to search an index or a location on your
computer, additional options appear under Use These Additional Criteria. (For
information about these additional options, see Using advanced search options for
multiple-document searches.)
The options under Use These Additional Criteria let you restrict the search parameters
according to the criteria you specify. The results include instances that match all of the
selected criteria only. For example, if you select Whole Words Only and Case Sensitive
for a search of the word Color, the results don't include color or Colors.
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Proximity returns documents that contain two or more words that you specify and in
which the range of words between the specified words is lower than the number specified
in the Search preferences. For example, if you search for the words Adobe printer and set
the Proximity preference to 900, the search finds all instances that contain the words
Adobe and printer, but the number of words between them is not more than 900. This
option is available only for a search of multiple documents or index definition files, and if
Match All Of The Words is selected.
Stemming finds words that contain part (the stem) of the specified search word. This
option applies to single words, and phrases when conducting a search in the current PDF,
Find In Folder, or Acrobat indexes. For example, in English, stemming finds instances of
the search word that end in ing, ed, x, ion, and so on, but not er. This option is not
available in searches for phrases in indexes created with Acrobat 5.0 or earlier. You
cannot use wildcard characters (*, ?) in stemming searches.
Search In Attachments searches all PDF files that are attached to the current PDF
document. (For information on searching attachments by using the Attachments tab, see
Searching in attachments.)
Closing the Search PDF window
There are several methods of closing the Search PDF window:
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(Windows Only) Click Hide at the top of the Search PDF window. The document pane
returns to its larger size. If you accidentally close the Search PDF window, simply reopen
it to view your most recent search results.
If a How To page was open before you started searching, click the Back button
until
that page reappears.
Click Done at the bottom of the Search PDF window. The How To window returns to its
state before you clicked Search.
If you accidentally close the Search PDF window while reviewing the results of a
to display the results. You can also choose
search, you can click the Search button
Edit > Search Results > Next Result or Edit > Search Results > Previous Result. The most
recent search results remain until you do another search or close Adobe Reader.
Searching across multiple Adobe PDF documents
You can use the Search PDF window to find words in Adobe PDF files stored in a specific
location on your hard disk or network, in prepared Adobe PDF index files, and in Adobe
PDF files on the Internet.
Note: To search for words in multiple Adobe PDF documents, Adobe PDF indexes, or
Adobe PDF files on the Internet, open the Adobe Reader application from your desktop
rather than within your web browser window.
Related Subtopics:
Searching all Adobe PDF files in a specific location
Using advanced search options for multiple-document searches
Refining results of multiple-document searches
Searching Adobe PDF index files
Using Boolean queries in multiple-document searches
Searching Adobe PDF documents on the Internet
Searching all Adobe PDF files in a specific location
You can search multiple Adobe PDF files that are in a specific location, such as a folder
on your hard disk or local network. You do not need to open the files before running your
search.
Note: If documents are encrypted (have security applied to them), you cannot search them
as part of a multiple-document file search. You must open those documents first and
search them one at a time. However, documents encrypted as Digital Editions are an
exception and can be searched as part of a multiple-document search.
To search Adobe PDF documents in a specific location:
1. Open Adobe Reader on your desktop (not in a web browser window).
2. Click the Search button
or choose Edit > Search, and type the word or phrase you
want to search for.
3. For the Look In option (Advanced Search) or Where Would You Like To Search option
(Basic Search), select Browse For Location to find the location you want to search. Or,
you can select All PDF Documents In (Basic Search) and then select a location from the
pop-up menu.
4. Click Search. The results appear nested under the document names and paths.
To review the results of a multiple-document search:
1. In the Search PDF window, click the plus sign (+) (Windows) or the triangle (Mac OS)
next to a document name to expand the list of results for that document.
2. Click a result. The document opens to the appropriate page and highlights the occurrence.
You can sort the results of a multiple-document search in a number of ways. Select
an option from the Sort By menu near the bottom of the Search PDF window. Results can
be sorted by Relevance Ranking, Date Modified, Filename or Location.
Using advanced search options for multiple-document
searches
When you choose to search multiple PDF documents, three sets of additional search
criteria are available under Use These Additional Criteria. These options let you restrict
the results to those that match specified date criteria or that contain additional words in a
particular document property, including the author, title, subject, file name, keywords,
bookmarks, comments, image metadata, XMP metadata, object data, and indexed
structure tags.
You can search just using document characteristics, without entering a search word.
For example, you could search your local disk for all Adobe PDF documents that you
created after a certain date.
Searching multiple PDF documents provides additional search criteria.
To add document characteristics to the search criteria:
1. In the Search PDF window, in Advanced Search options, select the check box adjacent to
a set of search criteria.
2. Specify a search criterion: Choose a document property from the first pop-up menu, and
then choose a value from the adjacent pop-up menu.
3. In the box, type the value of the criterion. If you choose Date Created or Date Modified in
step 2, you can also click the pop-up menu to select the date from an interactive pop-up
calendar.
4. If you want to add additional document characteristics to the search criteria, repeat steps 13.
Refining results of multiple-document searches
After you search more than one document, you can use the Refine Results pane to reduce
the number of search results by adding additional criteria. This can save time, because
only the existing results are searched. For example, you can first search for all documents
by a specific author and then define a search query for that subset of documents. The
result is a subset of documents by the specified author and that contain the search string.
To refine the results of a multiple-document search:
1. With the results of the first search still listed, click Refine Search Results at the bottom of
the Search PDF window.
2. Select the options you want, and click Refine Search Results.
You can continue to refine the results by repeating this procedure.
Note: The Search In Bookmarks and Search In Comments options are not available on the
refine results pane.
Searching Adobe PDF index files
Note: This feature is not available unless you have the full version of Adobe Reader.
An Adobe PDF index is a specially prepared file that catalogs multiple Adobe PDF files
and is available through Search. If a full-text index is available for a set of Adobe PDF
documents, you can search the index for a word rather than searching each individual
document. A full-text index is an alphabetized list of all the words used in a document or,
more typically, in a collection of documents.
Searching an index is much faster than searching all the text in the documents. An index
search produces a results list with links to the occurrences of the indexed documents.
Selecting the Match Whole Word Only option when searching indexes significantly
reduces the time taken to return results.
Note: To search an Adobe PDF index, you must open Adobe Reader as a stand-alone
application, not within your web browser. In Mac OS, indexes created with some older
versions of Acrobat are not compatible and cannot be searched in Adobe Reader 7.0,
using the current Search feature, until the indexes are updated.
To search an index:
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At the bottom of the Search PDF window, click Use Advanced Search Options.
Type the word you want to find.
For Look In, select Select Index.
If you want to view information about an available index, select the index name, click
Info, and then click OK. The information includes the title, information provided by the
builder, location, the build date, creation date, number of documents in the index, and the
index status.
5. Select the index you want to use, or click Add, locate the index file (.pdx) you want, and
then click Open.
6. In the Index Selection dialog box, click OK, and then proceed with your search. (See
Advanced search options.)
Once you've selected an index to search in, you can choose Currently Selected
Indexes in step 3, instead of the Select Index command, to select that particular index to
search.
Using Boolean queries in multiple-document searches
A Boolean search offers more options for searching for exact phrasing, alternate words,
and excluded words.
To use a Boolean query with multiple-document searches:
1. Choose Edit > Search or click the Search button
, and click Use Advanced Search
Options.
2. For Look In, select the location you want to search.
3. For Return Results Containing, select Boolean Query.
4. For the search terms, type the query, using Boolean terms and syntax.
5. Select any additional criteria you want to use, and then click Search.
In your query, you can use commonly used Boolean operators, including the following
examples:
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Use the AND operator between two words to find documents that contain both terms. For
example, type paris AND france to identify documents that contain both paris and
france. For simple AND searches, the All Of The Words option produces the same results.
Use the NOT operator before a search term to exclude any documents that contain that
term. For example, type NOT kentucky to find all documents that do not contain the
word kentucky. Or, type paris NOT kentucky to find all documents that contain
the word paris and do not contain the word kentucky.
Use the OR operator to search for all occurrences of either term. For example, type
email OR e-mail to find all documents with occurrences of either spelling. For
simple OR searches, the Any Of The Words option produces the same results.
Use ^ (exclusive OR) to search for all occurrences that have either operator, but not both.
For example, type cat ^ dog to find all documents with occurrences of cat or dog but
not both cat and dog.
Use parentheses to specify the order of evaluation of terms in a query. For example, type
white & (whale | ahab). The query processor performs an OR query on whale
and ahab, and then performs an AND query on the result with white.
To learn more about Boolean queries, syntax, and other Boolean operators that you can
use in your searches, refer to any standard text, website, or other resource with complete
Boolean information.
Note: You cannot do wildcard searches using asterisks (*) or question marks (?) when
searching Acrobat 7.0 indexes.
Searching Adobe PDF documents on the Internet
If you have an active Internet connection, you can use the web for Adobe PDF files
meeting your search criteria.
To search for Adobe PDF documents on the Internet:
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Choose Edit > Search, or click the Search button
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At the bottom of the Search PDF window, click Search PDFs On The Internet.
Type the word or phrase that you want to find.
To limit the search results, select a search criteria option.
Click Search The Internet. After a pause, your default web browser opens to a page of
results.
6. Click an item to examine that document.
Setting Search preferences
You can set preferences for the Search feature. Those settings apply to all
subsequent searches.
To set search preferences:
1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences (Mac OS).
2. Click Search.
3. Select the options you want, and click OK.
Ignore Asian Character Width
Finds both half-width and full-width instances of the Asian language characters in the
search text.
Ignore Diacritics And Accents
Finds both cafe and café when you type cafe as the search text, for example. If this option
is not selected, typing cafe does not find café.
Always Use Advanced Search Options
Makes the Advanced Search options the default display, and the Basic Search options
display is not available.
Maximum Number Of Documents Returned In Results
Limits the search results to a specific number of documents. The default value is 100, but
you can enter any number from 1 to 10,000.
Range Of Words For Proximity Searches
Limits the search results to those in which the number of words between the specified
words isn't more than the number you specify. You can enter any number from 1 to
10,000.
Enable Fast Find
Automatically generates a cache of information from any Adobe PDF file that you search.
The cache then speeds the search process the next time you search the same file. To avoid
excessively large caches, which can slow overall performance, don't set the value of the
Maximum Cache Size option too high.
Maximum Cache Size
Limits the temporary cache of search information for the Fast Find option to the specified
size in megabytes. The default value is 20, but you can enter any number between 5 and
10,000. When the cache size starts to exceed the size specified, the least-recently used
cache information is deleted.
Purge Cache Contents
Deletes the Fast Find option's entire temporary cache of search information.
Buying and Viewing Digital Editions
About Digital Editions
Activating Adobe Reader
Upgrading Digital Editions
Obtaining Digital Editions
Reading Digital Editions
Using My Digital Editions
About Digital Editions
Adobe Digital Editions (eBooks) are PDF files that have been packaged by the Adobe
Content Server to protect the copyright of the author or publisher. Digital Editions are
typically bought from online bookstores, borrowed from online lenders, or exchanged
among users. You can also subscribe to periodicals in digital edition format. To read a
Digital Edition, you must have a license to open and read the Digital Edition (generally
provided by the seller or lender), you must have the full version of Adobe Reader, and you
must activate Adobe Reader.
Activating Adobe Reader
You must activate Adobe Reader before you can use it to purchase or read Digital
Editions. Adobe Reader automatically starts an Easy Activation the first time you attempt
to open a protected Digital Edition. To move documents to other computers, you must
complete the full activation using an Adobe ID or .NET Passport login.
To read an Adobe Digital Edition on a Palm OS mobile device, download and install
Adobe Reader for Palm OS or Pocket PC by visiting the Adobe website at www.adobe.
com/products/acrobat/readermain.html.
To activate Adobe Reader for the first time (Easy Activation):
1. If you're not using the full version of Adobe Reader, you must first install the Digital
Editions plug-in by choosing Help > Check For Updates Now and select Digital Editions
and Accessibility Package.
2. Connect to the Internet.
3. In Adobe Reader, choose File > Digital Editions > Adobe Digital Media Store, or visit
http://digitalmediastore.adobe.com if you are using the basic version of Adobe Reader.
4. On the Welcome To The Digital Media Store web page, click the link that lets you
download a free Digital Edition.
5. Follow the on-screen instructions to select a free Digital Edition to download, add the
Digital Edition to your order, and download it. (The Easy Activation process begins.)
A congratulatory web page prompts you to complete the full activation using an Adobe ID
or .NET Passport login.
6. On the congratulatory web page, click the Sign In And Reactivate button, and follow the
on-screen prompts to complete the full activation.
To activate Adobe Reader using an Adobe ID or .NET Passport ID:
1. While connected to the Internet, do one of the following:
● If you have just completed an Easy Activation, click the Sign In And Reactivate button on
the congratulatory page that appears after the Easy Activation process, and follow the onscreen prompts to complete the full activation.
● In Adobe Reader, choose File > Digital Editions > Authorize Devices. On the Adobe
DRM Activator website, sign in using your Adobe ID or .NET Passport ID and follow the
on-screen instructions to activate Adobe Reader.
● Go to the Adobe website at http://aractivate.adobe.com, and follow the on-screen prompts.
Note: To activate Adobe Reader, you need your Adobe ID and password or your
Microsoft .NET Passport ID and password. If you don't have either ID, follow the onscreen prompts to create an ID and password.
To activate a mobile device:
1. Place the mobile device in its synchronization cradle.
2. In Adobe Reader, choose File > Digital Editions > Authorize Devices.
3. Click the Activate Palm OS Or Pocket PC Device button .
Upgrading Digital Editions
If you owned and read Digital Editions using an earlier version of Adobe Reader, you
need to migrate these files to Adobe Reader 7.0. The first time you open My Digital
Editions bookshelf or try to read a Digital Edition using Adobe Reader 7.0, you are
prompted to migrate files. Follow the on-screen prompts.
Obtaining Digital Editions
Adobe Digital Editions can be purchased from retailers, borrowed from libraries, or
exchanged among users. You can download free Digital Editions from the Adobe Digital
Media Store at http://digitalmediastore.adobe.com. You can also subscribe to periodicals
in digital edition format. To display the Adobe Digital Media Store, you can choose
Adobe Digital Media Store from the File menu or the Digital Editions menu.
To display the Digital Editions task button on the toolbar:
Choose View > Task Buttons > Digital Editions.
Related Subtopics:
Downloading Digital Editions
Subscribing to a Digital Editions service
Sharing Digital Edition subscriptions
Borrowing Digital Editions from an online library
Sending Digital Editions to another device
Sharing Digital Editions with others
Downloading Digital Editions
When you first download a Digital Edition, Adobe Reader is automatically activated. To
be able to read Digital Editions on other mobile devices, you need to activate Adobe
Reader using an Adobe ID or .NET Passport. (See Activating Adobe Reader.)
To download Digital Editions:
1. Connect to the Internet.
2. In Adobe Reader, do one of the following:
From the Digital Editions task button
, choose Adobe Digital Media Store.
● Choose File > Digital Editions, and then click the Adobe Digital Media Store button in the
dialog box.
3. On the Adobe Digital Media Store website, follow the on-screen links and prompts to buy
or borrow Digital Editions.
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If a download fails, the dialog box times out and you can retry the download later. If a
Digital Edition downloads partially, a message appears in the thumbnail view of the
Digital Edition in the My Digital Editions bookshelf, prompting you to finish the
download. By default, Digital Editions download to the My Documents\My Digital
Editions folder (Windows) or to the Documents/Digital Editions folder (Mac OS).
Subscribing to a Digital Editions service
Websites may offer Digital Edition subscriptions, which allow you to download Digital
Editions as periodicals--that is, as a set of documents or issues, each of which has an issue
date. A Digital Edition subscription has a start date and an end date, and you may
download any issue after the start date if the current date is earlier than the end date.
When you register to receive a subscription, you receive a first issue. You download this
issue in the same way you download any other Digital Edition. Activation of Adobe
Reader is required. (See Activating Adobe Reader.) The subscription issue appears in the
My Digital Editions bookshelf and has a subscription icon on the issue icon. You can read
and store issues and exercise any subscription features on any computer activated with the
same ID.
To specify how to check for new issues:
1. Click the Subscription icon on the thumbnail of the Digital Edition issue in the My Digital
Editions bookshelf.
2. Do any of the following:
● Select Check Over The Network Every, and enter a number in the Days box to specify
how often to automatically check for new issues. Checking and downloading of issues
occurs in the background when Adobe Reader is running.
● Select Display A Message to open a dialog box from which you can download available
issues immediately.
● Select Mark The Digital Edition Thumbnail Only to highlight the Subscription icon in
yellow whenever a new issue is available.
To check for new issues manually:
1. Click the Subscription icon on the thumbnail of the Digital Edition issue in the My Digital
Editions bookshelf.
2. Click the Check For New Issues button in the Subscription Preferences dialog box.
3. In the New Issues Available dialog box, click Yes if you want to download a new issue.
The issue opens automatically after it has downloaded. If you click No, you are asked if
you want the option to download issues in the future. If you click No again, the issue is
marked as Refused and is no longer available to you.
To renew or cancel a subscription:
Click the Subscription icon on the thumbnail of the Digital Edition issue in the My Digital
Editions bookshelf, and click the Visit Subscription Website button in the Subscription
Preferences dialog box.
Sharing Digital Edition subscriptions
Your Digital Edition issues appear in the My Digital Editions bookshelf with your other
Digital Editions. You can forward a copy of the PDF file to a friend or you can email a
copy directly from the My Digital Editions bookshelf. When the recipient tries to open the
issue, they are directed to the publisher's website to obtain ownership of the document or
register for a personal subscription.
Borrowing Digital Editions from an online library
You can borrow or "check out" Digital Editions from a Digital Editions library in the
same way that you borrow printed books. Borrowed Digital Editions expire at the end of
the loan period and are returned or "checked in" automatically, so you never have to worry
about overdue fees. Because some online libraries limit the number of Digital Editions
that you can borrow at a time, you may want to return a borrowed Digital Edition before it
is due.
The website for each online library provides its own particular instructions for selecting,
borrowing, and downloading Digital Editions; the My Digital Editions bookshelf doesn't
automate those processes, but does let you manually return a Digital Edition to the online
library that lent it to you.
Borrowed Digital Editions appear in the My Digital Editions bookshelf with the
next to the thumbnail of the book. You can click the Time-out icon to
Time-out icon
see when the Digital Edition expires.
Note: The Time-out icon also appears on Digital Editions that you have purchased but
that are packaged with an expiration date.
To return a Digital Edition to an online library:
1. Connect to the Internet.
2. Click the Time-out icon
next to the Digital Edition thumbnail, and in the Document
Expiration dialog box, click Return To Lender.
Note: Digital Editions borrowed from a library generally cannot be sent by email or
shared with other users. You can send a borrowed Digital Edition to a mobile device;
however, you can't return the Digital Edition from the mobile device. The Digital Edition
continues to honor the expiration settings and expires when due.
Sending Digital Editions to another device
You can send Digital Editions to any computer or mobile device that has Adobe Reader or
Acrobat installed and activated. If the devices are activated with the same login, no further
action is required. If the devices are not activated with the same login or with Easy
Activation, follow the on-screen instructions to establish ownership of the transferred
Digital Edition.
To send a Digital Edition to a mobile device:
1. Do one of the following:
On the toolbar, choose My Digital Editions from the Digital Editions menu
● Choose File > Digital Editions > My Digital Editions.
2. Do one of the following:
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In the My Digital Editions bookshelf, click the Send To Mobile Device button
. (This
button is not available if you don't have a PDA activated.)
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS), and select Send To Mobile Device.
The procedures that follow step 2 depend on the type of mobile device you have installed.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
Note: Non-DRM PDF documents can't be sent to a mobile device from the My Digital
Editions bookshelf.
Sharing Digital Editions with others
You can email a Digital Edition to someone else if it contains a URL for the Digital
Edition retailer. If the recipient tries to open a Digital Edition for which they don't have a
license or permission, a dialog box prompts them to obtain the license from the retailer.
To email a Digital Edition:
1. Select the thumbnail or the book title in the My Digital Editions bookshelf.
2. Do one of the following:
● Click the Email button.
● In the thumbnail view, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) and select Email.
3. Select the email option you want to use, and click OK.
Reading Digital Editions
You read a Digital Edition in much the same way you read any other PDF document.
While reading a Digital Edition you may want to do the following:
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Use the Read Out Loud feature if the publisher of the Digital Edition allows this. (See
Using the Read Out Loud feature.)
Smooth text to improve readability. (See Smoothing text for improved readability.)
Annotate the Digital Edition by highlighting text, adding notes, and copying text and
objects. (See About adding comments.)
Search the Digital Edition to find a word or phrase. See Searching for words in a PDF
document.
Related Subtopics:
Opening Digital Editions
Opening Digital Editions that you don't own
Smoothing text for improved readability
Checking the meaning of words in a Digital Edition
Opening Digital Editions
You can open a Digital Edition directly from your Digital Editions folder or from the My
Digital Editions bookshelf. If you close a Digital Edition and reopen it later, it opens at the
last page you viewed.
To open a Digital Edition:
Do one of the following:
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Choose File > Open, locate the Digital Edition, and double-click to open the file.
Choose File > Digital Editions, and then double-click the Digital Edition or select the
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Digital Edition and click the Read button
In the Thumbnail view, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) and select Read.
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Opening Digital Editions that you don't own
If you try to open a Digital Edition that you don't own, the Cannot Open Document dialog
box appears.
To open a Digital Edition Issue that you don't own:
Do one of the following:
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Click Someone Else Gave It To Me And I Would Like to Own It, and then click the
Obtain Ownership button. Adobe Reader opens a dialog box that offers you the
opportunity to visit the owner's or publisher's website. Click OK and follow the on-screen
instructions to obtain ownership of the Digital Edition.
Click I Own It And I Copied It To This Computer Or Restored It From A Backup, and
then click the Obtain Ownership button. The Adobe DRM Activator website displays
instructions on how to reactivate Adobe Reader to allow sharing or restoring of
documents.
If the Digital Edition is restricted to one computer, the available options are different.
Smoothing text for improved readability
You can set preferences for smoothing text, line art, and images, as well as determining
whether CoolType is used to improve readability. Smoothing text, line art, and images can
improve the quality of the display on-screen, especially with larger text sizes, by
minimizing the contrast between the background and the text or image.
To set Page Display preferences:
1. In Adobe Reader, choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences
(Mac OS), and select Page Display in the Preferences dialog box.
2. Select whether to smooth text, line art, or images. The default is to smooth both text and
images.
3. Select Use CoolType if you want to adjust Adobe PDF text display to work optimally with
your monitor. This option is recommended for laptops and mobile devices.
4. Click OK to apply the settings and close the Preferences dialog box.
Checking the meaning of words in a Digital Edition
You can check the meaning of words on the Internet.
To check the meaning of words:
1. Use the Select tool
to select the word or phrase you want to check.
2. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the word, and choose Look Up
[selected word].
Your browser starts automatically and opens Dictionary.com (English only), and the
selected word or phrase is checked.
Using My Digital Editions
You access and manage your Digital Editions, as well as other Adobe PDF files, using the My Digital Editions
bookshelf.
My Digital Editions bookshelf
To open the My Digital Editions bookshelf:
Choose File > Digital Editions > My Digital Editions.
To close the My Digital Editions bookshelf:
Click the Close button.
Related Subtopics:
Viewing the contents of My Digital Editions
Viewing permissions for a Digital Edition
Adding Adobe PDF documents to My Digital Editions
Organizing Digital Editions
Backing up Digital Editions on your computer
Viewing the contents of My Digital Editions
The contents of your library appear in the My Digital Editions bookshelf as a series of
thumbnails or as a list of book titles with author, access, and category information. When you
select a Digital Edition, information such as the author, title, publisher, and number of pages
appears at the bottom of the My Digital Editions bookshelf.
To change the display of the library contents:
Do one of the following:
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Click the Thumbnail View button
Click the Detail View button
books in the library.
to display thumbnails of all the books in the library.
to list the title, author, access information, and category of all
Library contents A. Detail View B. Thumbnail View
To sort the library contents in Detail View:
Select the column heading to sort the Digital Editions by title, author, date last accessed, or
category in ascending or descending order.
Viewing permissions for a Digital Edition
All Digital Editions contain permissions set by the publisher that specify how many times
you can print and copy a Digital Edition, whether the document can be read aloud by
Acrobat, and when the document expires. These permissions are saved with the document
and downloaded when you borrow or purchase a Digital Edition.
To view permissions settings:
1. Open a Digital Edition.
2. Choose File > Document Properties, and then click the Security tab.
3. In the Document Security section of the Document Properties dialog box, click Show
Details.
Note: You cannot change the Security Method or Security Settings for Adobe DRM
documents.
Adding Adobe PDF documents to My Digital Editions
You can also add PDF documents to the My Digital Editions bookshelf. For example, you
might want to include technical papers in Adobe PDF in your library. You can open and
manage these PDF documents in the same way as you open and manage Digital Editions.
To add a PDF document to the My Digital Editions bookshelf:
1. In My Digital Editions, click Add File.
2. In the Add File dialog box, locate and select the PDF document, and then click Add.
Organizing Digital Editions
You can organize your Digital Editions into categories to make them easier to manage.
You can use the predefined categories or define your own. Digital Editions can be
assigned one or two categories. For example, a Digital Edition on resolving conflict might
be stored under "Business" and "Self-improvement."
Category menu in My Digital Editions
To add or edit categories:
1. Choose File > Digital Editions > My Digital Editions, and then choose Edit Categories
from the category menu at the top of the My Digital Editions bookshelf. You may need to
scroll down the menu.
2. In the Digital Editions Categories dialog box, do one of the following, and then click OK:
● To add a new category, type its name in the text box and click Add.
● To delete a category, select it, and click Delete.
To assign categories:
1. Choose File > Digital Editions > My Digital Editions.
2. Select a Digital Edition.
3. Do one of the following:
● To assign the Digital Edition to one category, select a category from the Category 1 menu.
● To assign the Digital Edition to a second category, select a category from the Category 2
menu.
Backing up Digital Editions on your computer
It is a good idea to create backup copies of Digital Editions and other Adobe PDF files to
protect against accidental deletion, hardware failures, and other losses. You can back up
any of the Digital Editions you have stored in the My Digital Editions bookshelf.
To back up Digital Editions:
1. Choose File > Digital Editions > My Digital Editions.
2. Click the Backup button, and from the Backup menu, choose whether to back up all
Digital Editions, all documents, or specific categories.
3. Select Include User Comments And Markup if you want to save comments and markups
that you have made in the Digital Editions.
4. Click OK, and browse to choose a location in which to store the backed up library.
Note: Adobe Reader must be activated before you can back up or restore the library.
To restore a Digital Edition:
1. Choose File > Digital Editions > My Digital Editions.
2. Click the Backup button, and then select Restore.
3. Select Include User Comments And Markup if you want to restore the comments and
markups that you have stored in the Digital Edition.
4. Locate the folder that contains the content you want to restore, and then click OK.
To save a copy of an individual Digital Edition:
1. In the My Digital Editions bookshelf, select the icon or title of the Digital Edition.
2. Click the Save A Copy button
.
3. In the Save Copy dialog box, select the folder in which you want to save the Digital
Edition, and click Save.
To remove a Digital Edition:
1. In My Digital Editions bookshelf, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the
Digital Edition, and select Remove.
2. In the confirmation dialog box, verify that you want to remove the Digital Edition from
your bookshelf. Note that the Digital Edition is not deleted from the My Digital Editions
folder on your disk.
Keyboard Shortcuts
About keyboard shortcuts
Keys for selecting tools
Keys for editing
Keys for working with comments
Keys for moving through a document
Keys for general navigating
Keys for working with navigation tabs
Keys for navigating the Help window
Keys for navigating the How To window
About keyboard shortcuts
Many keyboard shortcuts appear next to the command names in menus. If you can't find
the shortcut you're looking for in this section, look in the menus.
Note: To use these shortcuts, you must select the Use Single-Key Accelerators To Access
Tools option in the General panel of the Preferences dialog box.
Keys for selecting tools
Tool
Windows Action Mac OS Action
Hand tool
Temporarily select Hand tool
Current selection tool
Snapshot tool
Cycle through zoom tools: Zoom In, Zoom Out,
Dynamic Zoom
Current zoom tool
Temporarily select Zoom In tool
Temporarily select Dynamic Zoom tool (when
Zoom In or Zoom Out is selected)
H
Spacebar
V
G
Shift+Z
H
Spacebar
V
G
Shift+Z
Z
Ctrl+Spacebar
Shift
Z
Command+Spacebar
Shift
Keys for editing
Result
Windows Action Mac OS Action
Select all content
Deselect all content
Browse for a folder
Fit page
Move focus to status tray when focus is in document
pane
Ctrl+A
Ctrl+Shift+A
Ctrl+9
Ctrl+0
Shift+F5
Command+A
Command+Shift+A
Command+9
Command+0
Shift+F5
Keys for working with comments
Note: Commenting tools are only available in Adobe Reader if the Comments feature is
enabled in the Adobe PDF document.
Result
Window Actions Mac OS Action
Note tool
Stamp tool
Current highlighting tool
Cycle through highlighting tools: Highlighter, CrossOut Text, Underline Text
Attach File tool
Move focus to comment
Move focus to text in comment
Move focus to next comment
Open pop-up window for comment that has focus
S
K
U
Shift+U
S
K
U
Shift+U
J
Tab
F2
Shift+Tab
Spacebar
J
Tab
Shift+Tab
Spacebar
Keys for moving through a document
Result
Windows Action
Previous screen
Next screen
First page
Page Up
Page Down
Home or Shift+Ctrl+Page
Up or Shift+Ctrl+Up Arrow
Last page
Previous page
Next page
Previous view
Next view
Previous document
Next document
Scroll up
Scroll down
Scroll (when Hand tool is
selected)
Zoom in
Zoom out
Zoom in temporarily
Zoom out temporarily
Zoom to
Mac OS Action
Page Up
Page Down
Home or Shift+Command
+Page Up or Command+Shift
+Up Arrow
End or Shift+Ctrl+Page
End or Shift+Command
Down or Shift+Ctrl+Down +Page Down or Command
Arrow
+Shift+Down Arrow
Left arrow or Ctrl+Page Up Left arrow or Command
+Page Up
Right arrow or Ctrl+Page
Right arrow or Command
Down
+Page Down
Alt+Left arrow
Option+Left arrow
Alt+Right arrow
Option+Right arrow
Alt+Shift+Left arrow
Option+Shift+Left arrow
Alt+Shift+Right arrow
Option+Shift+Right arrow
Up Arrow
Up Arrow
Down Arrow
Down Arrow
Spacebar
Ctrl+equal sign
Ctrl+hyphen
Ctrl+Spacebar, then click
Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar
Ctrl+M
Command+equal sign
Command+hyphen
Command+Spacebar, then
click
Command+Shift+Spacebar
Command+M
Keys for general navigating
Result
Windows Action
Mac OS Action
Show/hide menu bar
Move focus to menus
Move focus to toolbar in
browser
Open Properties toolbar
Activate selected tool, item
(such as a movie or
bookmark), or command
Open context menu
Close context menu
Return to Hand tool. Move
focus to document pane.
Move to next open document
(when focus is on document
pane)
Move to previous open
document (when focus is on
document pane)
Close current document
Close all open windows
Move focus to document pane
Move focus to next pane or
panel
Move focus to previous pane
or panel
Move focus to next tab in a
tabbed dialog box
Move to next search result
and highlight it in the
document
Select text (when Select tool
is selected)
Select next word or deselect
previous word (when Select
tool is selected)
Move cursor to next/previous
word (when Select tool is
selected)
Move focus to status bar
when focus is in document
pane
F9
F10
Shift+F8
Shift+Command+M
F10
Shift+F8
Ctrl+E
Spacebar or Enter
Command+E
Spacebar or Enter
Shift+F10
F10
Esc
Control+click
Ctrl+F6
Command+ ~ (tilde)
Ctrl+Shift+F6
Command+Shift+F6
Ctrl+F4
Ctrl+Shift+W
F5
F6
Command+F4
Command+Shift+W
F5
F6
Shift+F6
Shift+F6
Esc
Ctrl+Tab
F3
F3
Shift+arrow keys
Shift+arrow keys
Shift+Ctrl+Right Arrow
or Left Arrow
Shift+Command+Right
Arrow or Left Arrow
Ctrl+Right Arrow or Left Command+Right Arrow or
Arrow
Left Arrow
Shift+F5
Keys for working with navigation tabs
Result
Windows Action
Mac OS Action
Open/close navigation pane
Open and move focus to
navigation pane
Move focus among the areas
of the document: document,
yellow Document Message
bar, navigation panes, and
How To window
Move focus to next element of
the active navigation tab:
Options menu, Close box, tab
contents, and tab
Move to next navigation tab
and make it active (when focus
is on the tab)
Move to next navigation tab
and make it active (when focus
is anywhere in the navigation
pane)
Expand the current bookmark
(focus on Bookmarks tab)
Collapse the current bookmark
(focus on Bookmarks tab)
Expand all bookmarks
Collapse selected bookmark
Move focus to next item in a
navigation tab
Move focus to previous item
in a navigation tab
F4
Ctrl+Shift+F5
F4
Command+Shift+F5
F6
Tab
Tab
Up Arrow or Down Arrow Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Ctrl+Tab
Option+Tab
Right Arrow or Shift+plus Right Arrow or Shift+plus
sign
sign
Left Arrow or minus sign Left Arrow or minus sign
Shift+*
Forward Slash (/)
Down Arrow
Shift+*
Forward Slash (/)
Down Arrow
Up Arrow
Up Arrow
Keys for navigating the Help window
Result
Open Help window
Close Help window
Move focus among tabs:
Contents, Search, Index. If
necessary, press Ctrl+Tab or
Shift+Tab to move the focus to
the navigation pane
Toggle focus between active tab
and tab contents
Move to next element in active
tab
Windows Action
F1
Ctrl+W or Alt+F4
Right Arrow or Left Arrow
Mac OS Action
Command+?
Command+W
Right Arrow or Left Arrow
Tab
Tab
Up Arrow or Down Arrow Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Keys for navigating the How To window
Result
Open/close How To window
Open and move focus to How To window
Close the How To window
Go to How To home page
Move focus between the elements of the
How To window and the header of the
How To window
Move focus down through the elements of
the How To window
Move focus up through the elements of the
How To window
Go to next page in How To window
Go to previous page in How To window
Windows Action
Shift+F4
Shift+F1
Esc
Home
Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+Shift+Tab
Mac OS Action
Shift+F4
Shift+F1
Tab
Tab
Shift+Tab
Shift+Tab
Right Arrow
Left Arrow
Home
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