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Lesson 2. Getting to Know the Work Area > Navigating the document

Navigating the document

Acrobat provides a variety of ways for you to move through and adjust the magnification of a PDF document. For example, you can scroll through the magazine using the scroll bar at the right side of the window, or you can turn pages as in a traditional book using the browse buttons in the Navigation toolbar or the status bar. You can also jump to a specific page using the status bar at the bottom of the window or the thumbnails in the Thumbnails palette.

Browsing the document

If needed, click the Show/Hide Navigation Pane button () to hide the navigation pane. In addition, if you have a palette displayed in a floating window, select the palette's name in the Window menu to hide the palette.

Click the Actual Size button ().

Select the hand tool () in the toolbar, position your pointer over the document. Hold down the mouse button. Notice that the hand pointer changes to a closed hand when you hold down the mouse button.

Drag the closed hand in the window to move the page around on the screen. This is similar to moving a piece of paper around on a desktop.

Drag with hand tool to move page.


Press Enter or Return to display the next part of the page. You can press Enter or Return repeatedly to view the document from start to finish in screen-sized sections.

Click the Fit in Window button () to display the entire page in the window. If needed, click the First Page button () to go to page 1.

Position the pointer over the down arrow in the scroll bar, and click once.

The document scrolls automatically to display all of page 2. In the next step, you'll control how PDF pages scroll and display.

Click the Continuous button () in the status bar, and then use the scroll bar to scroll to page 3.

The Continuous option displays pages end to end like frames in a filmstrip.

Now click the Continuous - Facing button () in the status bar to display page spreads, with left- and right-hand pages facing each other, as on a layout board.

Click the Fit Width button () to maximize your viewing area.

Continuous option

Continuous - Facing option

Click the First Page button to go to page 1.

In keeping with the conventions of printed books, a PDF document always begins with a right-hand page.

Click the Single Page button () to return to the original page layout.

You can use the page box in the status bar to switch directly to a specific page.

Move the pointer over the page box until it changes to an I-beam, and click to highlight the current page number.

Type 4 to replace the current page number, and press Enter or Return.

You should now be viewing page 4 of Digital Arts.

The scroll bar also lets you navigate to a specific page.

Begin dragging the scroll box upward in the scroll bar. As you drag, a page status box appears. When page 1 appears in the status box, release the mouse.

A. Scroll box B. Page status box



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