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Work Smarter with PDFelement User Guide

How to read PDF files.

Wonder how to read PDF files with PDFelement? Let’s get started.

1. View PDF in full screen.

To check some informational or instructional PDFs, we recommend using the Full Screen mode to focus on viewing. You can go to “View > Full Screen”, or click on the bottom right corner of the screen. The keyboard shortcut of “F11” will also make it.

View PDF in full screen
View PDF in full screen

2. Adjust viewing themes.

There are several backgrounds for you to choose from when viewing FDFs. With "View>Background", you can easily adjust the Default background to Day, Eye Protection, Night, or Parchment background for your preference.

Adjust viewing themes
Adjust viewing themes

3. Change page orientation.

Click on “View > Rotate View”, you can change your PDF orientation to “Clockwise” or “Counter Clockwise”.

Change page orientation
Change page orientation

4. Document layout.

You can find some settings about the layout of your PDF document under the "View" tab option. Or you can select the page view mode in the bottom floating bar that automatically appears when you move your cursor to the bottom.

Document layout
Document layout
  • Single Page View: View one page in the document panel at a time.
  • Single Page Scrolling: Arrange the pages in the document panel in a continuous vertical column and have scrolling enabled.
  • Two Page View: Arrange the pages side by side, displaying only two pages at a time.
  • Two Page Scrolling: Arrange the pages side by side in a continuous vertical column and scrolling enabled.

5. Zoom.

With the zoom tool, you can enlarge the view of a PDF to see more details. You can zoom in to a minimum of 1% and a maximum of 6400%.


6. Page layout.

You can find the settings to change the page layout of the pages in the "View" tab too.

Page layout
Page layout
  • Actual Size: To resize the page to its actual size of 100% zoom level.
  • Fit Width: To resize the page to fit the width of the window. Part of the page may be out of the view.
  • Fit Height: To resize the page to fit the height of the window. Part of the page may be out of the view.
  • Fit Window: To resize the page to fit entirely in the document panel.
  • Full Screen: Arrange the pages to fill the entire screen, with Menu Bar, Toolbar, Status Bar, and Thumbnail panel hidden behind. Press Esc or F11 key to exit full-screen mode.

7. Viewing preference.

To assist in keeping all of your PDFs in the same viewing format, you can set a viewing preference from the PDFelement software file menu. To do this, please click on "File>Preferences>General" and set the "Default Page Layout" and "Default Zoom" as preferred.

Viewing preference
Viewing preference

8. Initial view.

For a file that you will be reviewed frequently, it is possible to adjust how it opens every time for you in PDFelement. To do this, go to "File > Properties > Initial View" and change the settings as you prefer. Once you have finalized your settings, click on "File > Save" or "Save As" to make the changes. Once you have done this, the file will always open with the settings you have chosen.

Initial view
Initial view
  • Navigation tab: You can set whether to open the bookmark panel and thumbnail panel automatically when you open this document to view.
  • Layout: You can set the layout mode to view this document.
  • View: You can set the view mode for this document.
  • Open To Page: You can set the open page for this document. For example, if you set to open page 2, then it will open page 2 automatically when you open this document every time.