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Read articles

In PDFs, articles are optional electronic threads that the PDF author may define within that PDF. Articles lead readers through the PDF content, jumping over pages or areas of the page that are not included in the article, in the same way that you might skim through a traditional newspaper or magazine, following one specific story and ignoring the rest. When you read an article, the page view may zoom in or out so that the current part of the article fills the screen.

Open and navigate an article thread

  1. Choose Tools > Select & Zoom > Hand Tool, or click the Hand Tool on the Select & Zoom toolbar.
  2. Choose View > Navigation Panels > Articles to open the Articles panel.
    Note: You cannot open the Articles panel if you are viewing the PDF inside a browser. You must open the PDF in Reader.
  3. Double-click the article icon to go to the beginning of that article. The icon changes to the follow-article pointer .
    Note: If the Articles panel is blank, then the author has not defined any article threads for this PDF.
  4. With the article thread open, do any of the following:
    • To scroll through the article one pane at a time, press Enter/Return or click in the article.

    • To scroll backward through the article one pane at a time, Shift-click in the article, or press Shift+Return.

    • To go to the beginning of the article, Ctrl-click/Option-click within the article.

  5. At the end of the article, click in the article again.

    The previous page view is restored, and the pointer changes to the end-article pointer .

Exit a thread before the end of the article

  1. Make sure that the Hand tool is selected.
  2. Shift+Ctrl-click/Shift+Option-click the page or press Enter/Return.

The previous page view is restored.

PDFs with file attachments

PDFs with file attachments

If you open a PDF that has one or more attached files, the Attachments panel automatically opens, listing the attached files. You can open these files for viewing, edit the attachments, and save your changes, as permitted by the document authors.

If you move the PDF to a new location, the attachments automatically move with it.

Navigate with links

Navigate with links

Links can take you to another location in the current document, to other PDF documents, or to websites. Clicking a link can also open file attachments and play 3D content, movies, and sound clips. To play these media clips, you must have the appropriate hardware and software installed.

The person who created the PDF document determines what links look like in the PDF.

Note: Unless a link was created in Acrobat using the Link tool, you must have the Automatically Detect URLs From Text option selected in the General preferences for a link to work correctly.
  1. Choose the Select tool .
  2. Position the pointer over the linked area on the page until the pointer changes to the hand with a pointing finger. A plus sign (+) or a w appears within the hand if the link points to the web. Then click the link.
Options in a navigation panel

Options in a navigation panel

All navigation panels have an Options menu in the upper-right corner. The commands available in these menu vary.

Some panels also contain other buttons that affect the items in the panel. Again, these vary among the different panels, and some panels have none.

Show or hide the navigation pane

Show or hide the navigation pane

The navigation pane is an area of the work space that can display different navigation panels. Typically, these panels act like a table of contents, with items you can click to jump to a specific place in the document. For example, the Pages panel contains thumbnail images of each page; clicking a thumbnail opens that page in the document.

When you open a PDF, the navigation pane is closed by default, but buttons along the left side of the work area provide easy access to various panels, such as the Pages panel button  and the Bookmarks panel button . When Reader is open but empty (no PDF is open), the navigation pane is unavailable.

  1. To open the navigation pane, do one of the following:
    • Click any panel button on the left side of the work area to open that panel.

    • Choose View > Navigation Panels > Show Navigation Pane.

  2. To close the navigation pane, do one of the following:
    • Click the button for the currently open panel in the navigation pane.

    • Choose View > Navigation Panels > Hide Navigation Pane.

Note: The creator of the PDF can control the contents of some navigation panels and may make them empty.
Retrace your viewing path

Retrace your viewing path

You can find PDF pages that you viewed earlier by retracing your viewing path. It