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Select another tool

By default, the Select tool  is active when Reader opens, because it is the most versatile tool.

Specialized tools, such as those for zooming in or adding review comments, are available in toolbars and in the Tools menus.

Select a tool

 Do one of the following:
  • Select a tool in a toolbar.

  • Choose Tools > [toolbar name] > [tool].

Switch temporarily to the Zoom In or Hand tool

You can use these tools temporarily, without deselecting the current tool.

  • To select the Hand tool temporarily, hold down the spacebar.
  • To select the Zoom In tool temporarily, hold down Ctrl+spacebar/Command+spacebar.

When you release the keys, Reader reverts to the previously active tool.

About toolbars

About toolbars

Toolbars reduce clutter in the work area by arranging tools in task-related groups. For example, the Page Display toolbar includes buttons for changing how many pages you can see at a time in the document window. The Comment & Markup toolbar contains tools for reviewing and annotating a PDF.

Any toolbar can float or be docked. Docked toolbars appear in the toolbar area. Floating toolbars appear as independent panels that you can move anywhere in the work area.

Each toolbar has a grabber bar, which is a vertical gray stripe at the left end of the toolbar.
  • When you position the pointer over a grabber bar, a tool tip displays the name of the associated toolbar.

  • When you drag a grabber bar, the toolbar moves. You can drag toolbars off the toolbar area (so that they float), dock them in the toolbar area, or rearrange them in the toolbar area.

Some toolbars appear by default and some are hidden.

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Toolbars open by default

File toolbar
Page Navigation toolbar
Select & Zoom toolbar
Page Display toolbar
Find toolbar

Buttons in the Tasks toolbar behave somewhat differently from other toolbar buttons. Each of these buttons is associated with a menu of commands. Click the arrow  to the right of the button name to open the menu. For example, click the arrow next to the Start Meeting button  to display a menu of commands related to Adobe Acrobat Connect meetings.

Position the pointer over a tool to see a description of the tool. Position the pointer over the grabber bar on the left edge of a toolbar to see its name. All tools are identified by name in the More Tools dialog box (Tools > Customize Toolbars).
Related Information
Change updating preferences

Change updating preferences

  1. Choose Help > Check For Updates.
  2. In the Adobe Updater dialog box, click Preferences.
  3. Select Automatically Check For Adobe Updates, and specify whether you want automatic checking on a weekly or monthly basis and whether or not you want to be asked before updates are downloaded.
  4. Make sure that the application you are running (Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat) is selected as the software that will be updated.
  5. If appropriate, click Browse to navigate to the location in which you want the downloads to be placed.
Update the software

Update the software

 Choose Help > Check For Updates, and follow any on-screen instructions.
About the updating process

About the updating process

Reader application files and components can be updated in a variety of ways. Some updates are available when you open a PDF that triggers the updating process automatically. For example, if you open a form that uses Asian-language fonts, Reader asks whether you want to download the fonts. Other updates are available only from the Help menu, and you must install them manually. Some updates are available both automatically and manually.

Depending on your preferences settings, Reader downloads updates in the background.

Before you begin

Before you begin

Page thumbnails and bookmarks

Page thumbnails and bookmarks

Attend a meeting

Attend a meeting

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