Default view settings in Adobe Reader
Posted by danielmeyer on January 23, 2009
I’m running Adobe Reader 8 for Windows, and it’s slowly (I mean over the last year or so) dawned on me that every time I open a document it’s showing it to me at 112% zoom level in “jerky pagedown mode” (the non-continuous mode where if you’re near the bottom of the page but not yet exactly to it, pressing PageDown only scrolls a little way until you are exactly at the bottom; but if you’re already at the bottom of a page, PageDown goes completely to the next page). I find it jarring that PageDown goes down different amounts depending on where you are on a page when you press it — I almost always want the “continuous” layout where PageDown always goes down one screenful.
Today I opened up a PDF document and once again found myself at 112% zoom level in non-continuous layout. This time I decided to see if there is a default setting I could change. And I found one!
I went to Edit -> Preferences… and chose the Page Display category. In the Default Layout and Zoom area, I saw:
|Page Layout||Single Page|
I changed these settings as follows:
|Page Layout||Single Page Continuous|
Clicking a link to a PDF, now it opens at 100% zoom in continuous display format. Ahhh!