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How to Put a Complete Page into a Window by Default in Adobe Acrobat DC and DC Reader

How to Put a Complete Page into a Window by Default in Adobe Acrobat DC and DC Reader

Adobe Acrobat DC and Acrobat DC Reader prefer to place pages wide. That’s why PDF in the end seems silly on the big screen, and the default settings also make turning pages in long documents a task. If you prefer to see the full page at one time, you must manually switch the page display mode every time you load a new PDF in a new Acrobat window or tab. It can make you nervous fast.

Fortunately, it’s more than possible to get Adobe Acrobat Pro or Standard DC and Acrobat DC Reader to display a full page by default. Additionally, you can enter special options directly into the Acrobat toolbar which allows you to immediately switch to viewing the full page in the document. You are also fortunate if you want Acrobat to remember your page display settings when opening PDFs again. Let’s examine how you can do all of that below.

Fit Full Pages By Default

To make a full page match the display in Adobe Acrobat DC or Acrobat DC Reader, you must repeatedly access the Fit One Full Page option on the Page View Mode menu on the application toolbar. Instead of doing that every time you open a PDF, you can enter the Acrobat Preferences panel and change the program always to display the full page by default. The following steps must show how.

Step 1: Click the Tools option in Adobe Acrobat DC or the Acrobat DC Reader menu bar. Follow by clicking Preferences to open the application Preferences panel.


Step 2: Switch to the Accessibility side tab.


Step 3: Under the Override Page Display section, check the box next to ‘Always use Zoom Settings,’ and then select Fit Page from the drop-down menu. It asks Acrobat to display one full page by default always.

Next, check the box next to ‘Always use Page Layout Style’ and select One Page. It asks Acrobat to scroll down with one page. If you prefer to scroll down continuously, select Single Continuous Page.


Click OK to save your changes. Adobe Acrobat DC or Adobe Reader DC will then display a full page by default every time you open a PDF document.

Enable Complete One Page Shortcut

Although you configure Adobe Acrobat DC or Acrobat DC Reader to open the full page by default, you sometimes have to zoom in or change the display mode when viewing certain pages – to use a highlighting tool, for example. And when it comes to returning to full page view, you must use the Fit One Full Page option in the Page View Mode menu. But did you know that you can shorten this action to just one click?

Start by right-clicking on an empty area on Adobe Acrobat DC or the Acrobat Reader DC toolbar. In the context menu that appears, point to Show Page View Tool, then select Fit One Full Page.


This should place the special Fit One Full Page shortcut icon on the Acrobat toolbar, which you can use to quickly return any PDF document to full page view. You can still use the Page Display Mode menu if desired.


Also consider activating other pageview shortcuts, such as Single Page View and Enable Scrolling, when you do this.

Remember the Page Display Settings for PDF

For PDFs that do not display properly in Fit One Full Page mode, you might want to make adjustments to the display or zoom settings to survive. That’s very useful when you want to reopen a document like that again later. Provided you are willing to dive into the Adobe Acrobat DC Preferences panel or Acrobat DC again, you can configure the application to do this easily.

Open the Acrobat Preferences window, then switch to the Documents tab. Check the box next to ‘Restore the last display settings when reopening the document,’ and click OK to save your changes.


Adobe Acrobat DC or Acrobat DC Reader will remember your page display preferences the next time you open the same document.

Back to work

Adobe Acrobat DC and Acrobat DC Reader may not be superior in the user’s intuition department. But as long as you are willing to take the time to change things around, you can adjust both applications to function the way you want.

Configure the PDF reader to fit a full page by default, enable the Fit One Full Page option on the toolbar, and make your page display settings remain – all of which can improve your experience when using Adobe Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader DC.

When you do, you might want to find a way to get rid of the DC Acrobat Reader Tool bar or fix the problem of missing Adobe Acrobat DC icons, both of which have tapped users for years.

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