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Chapter 4. Viewing PDF Documents > Using Full Screen Mode

Using Full Screen Mode

You use Full Screen mode when viewing self-running kiosks or slide presentations. Full Screen mode utilizes all of your monitor space while hiding toolbars and menus. You can view any document in Full Screen mode, and some PDF documents you open may default to Full Screen mode when you open them. PDF authors can save documents with full screen viewing enabled when a document opens.

Since Full Screen mode hides toolbars and menus, you'll want to know how to turn this mode on and off either to eliminate toolbars and menus so you have more viewing area, or to bail out of Full Screen mode so you have access to the tools and menu commands.

When is viewing in Full Screen mode helpful?

If you show a presentation to an audience, you may want to use Full Screen mode to eliminate clutter on your monitor screen and to maximize the viewing area of the document pages. In some cases you may want to show a presentation using transition effects, and at other times you may want to eliminate transitions when scrolling pages. The Full Screen preferences options are settings you'll want to visit frequently depending on how you want to display your PDF documents.

To view a PDF document in Full Screen mode, use the hawaiianLuau.pdf file at www.peachpit.com/adobereader7.

To use Full Screen mode:

Open the Preferences dialog by pressing Ctrl/Command+K. Click Full Screen in the left pane to view the preferences options in the right pane.

For self-running kiosks that loop through pages automatically, check the box for Advance every and type a value in the text box for the interval. Check Loop after last page if you want to cycle through a presentation to have it run continuously. Be sure to leave the default check box selected for Escape key exits so you can use the Esc key to easily exit Full Screen mode. If you want to use navigation tools, check the box for Show navigation bar. If embedded transitions are part of the file and you don't want them to appear, check the box for Ignore all transitions. Click OK after making your options choices. See Figure 4.27.

Figure 4.27. Set Full Screen mode viewing attributes in Full Screen preferences.

Click the Full Screen tool in the Reader Status Bar (Figure 4.28) or use the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl/Command+L). Click the mouse button or press the right arrow or Page Down key to move forward. Press the left arrow or Page Up key to move backward.

Figure 4.28. Click the Full Screen tool in the Status Bar to enter Full Screen mode.

To exit Full Screen mode, press the Esc key.

How can I access menu commands?

When viewing documents in Full Screen mode, you temporarily lose the menu commands and the tools. However, you can remain in Full Screen mode and still access a few menu commands from a context menu.

First, open the Preferences dialog (Ctrl/Command+K). Click Full Screen in the left pane and remove the checkmark for Left click to go forward one page; right click to go back one page. Since right-clicking the mouse button advances a page when the checkmark is enabled, you won't be able to open a context menu by right-clicking the mouse. Removing the checkmark permits you to do so.

Press Ctrl/Command+L to change the view to Full Screen mode, and open a context menu anywhere on the document page. The menu options shown in Figure 4.29 appear. Using this menu you can navigate pages, access zoom tools, select and deselect text, print a file, and use Reader's search features. When you select Search, the Search window opens in the How To pane, while the document remains in Full Screen mode. Another handy command is the Exit Full Screen item at the top of the menu. If you disabled the check box for Escape key exits in the Full Screen preferences, this command gets you back to normal viewing mode.

Figure 4.29. While in Full Screen mode, you can access some menu commands from a context menu.

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