View PDFs and fill out online forms with the Adobe Reader 7.0 tool. Also learn to customize and tweak Adobe Reader. Some tips may work with later versions.
#1: Useful Keyboard Shortcuts
Shortcuts to common Adobe Reader 7 functions.
#2: Hide the Yahoo! Toolbar
Remove Yahoo! Search capabilities from Adobe Reader 7.0's toolbar.
#3: Manually Check for Updates
Download security and performance updates to Adobe Reader 7.
#4: Toggle Displaying PDFs in the Browser Window
Display PDF files either in your browser or Adobe Reader 7 window.
#5: Reset Toolbars Showing and their Positions
Reset toolbar modifications to the default that came with Adobe Reader 7.
#6: View or Send System Information When Troubleshooting
Send detailed system information to a troubleshooter if you cannot reliably use Adobe Reader 7.
#7: Get PDF Document Details
View PDF security settings, used fonts, and more.
#8: Highlight Form Fields and Change Highlight Color
Make it easier to edit forms in PDF documents within Adobe Reader 7.
#9: Go Metric
Use metric measurements when viewing PDF documents.
#10: Describe What All Toolbar Buttons Do
Make Adobe Reader 7 easier to use by labeling the toolbar buttons' functions.
#11: Rotate PDF Documents
Don't turn your head to view rotated PDF documents in Adobe Reader 7 - fix this onscreen.
#12: Toggle the Menu Bar
Disable Adobe Reader 7's menu bar to show more of a PDF document onscreen.
#13: Define a Word
Quickly define a word found in a PDF document from within Adobe Reader 7.
#14: Remember More Documents
Configure Adobe Reader 7.0 to remember more of your most recently accessed documents.
#15: Change Background Color in Full Screen Mode
Display PDF documents in full screen with a background color of your choice in Adobe Reader 7.0.
#16: View PDFs by Downloading the Latest Version
How to download the latest copy of the Adobe Reader to view PDF files.
#18: Prevent ESC Key From Quitting Full-Screen (Kiosk) Mode
Prevent an accidental press of the ESC key from closing your full-screen PDF viewing in Adobe Reader 7.
#19: Change the Color of Red Squiggles when Proofreading
If the squiggles underneath misspelled text filled out in PDF forms are hard to see, change the color.
#20: Use CoolType to Make PDFs Easier to Read
Smooth the display of text in your PDF documents when viewed in Adobe Reader 7.
#21: Read PDFs in Full Screen - Kiosk Mode
Display PDF files in Adobe Reader 7.0 in kiosk mode, using your full screen.
#22: Freeware to Speed Up Adobe Reader 7
Freeware that claims to speed up Adobe Reader 7 by preventing infrequently-used plug-ins from loading.
#23: Change the Document's Colors
Make your PDF documents easier to read in Adobe Reader 7 by changing the colors.
#24: Add Animated Transition Effects in Full-Screen Mode
Add blinds, dissolves, and glittering effects when switching between pages of a PDF document in full-screen mode with Adobe Reader 7.
#25: Use High-Contrast Colors
Make PDF documents easier to read in some cases with Adobe Reader 7.
#26: Convert PDF to a Text File
Create text files from PDFs for research or distribution.
#27: View Document Security Properties
Determine whether or not you can print, comment on, or extract information from a PDF document with Adobe Reader 7.
#28: Export a PDF file to a text file
Quickly create plain-text files from your PDF documents.
#29: Speed Up Print Previews
Running Adobe Reader 7 on a slow or low-RAM computer? This may speed up the appearance of the 'print' dialog box.
#30: Repair Problems Viewing PDFs in Adobe Reader 7
Adobe Reader 7 crashing or not viewing PDF files? Repair the software with this tip.
#31: Disable Add-Ons When Downloading
Don't download the Yahoo! Toolbar or other add-ons when downloading Adobe Reader 7.
#32: Graphics-Intensive Pages Slow Older Computers
Is Adobe Reader 7 slowing down when viewing PDF files containing large graphics? This tweak may speed things up.
#33: Save a Copy of a Downloaded PDF
Create backup copies of PDF files downloaded from the Internet with Adobe Reader 7.
#34: Change Default Multimedia Player
Play multimedia files embedded in PDF documents with a different player.
#35: Always Show or Hide Mouse Cursor in Full-Screen Mode
Viewing PDFs in kiosk mode? Force the mouse pointer to always remain visible or invisible.
#36: Automatically Scroll Through a Document
Scroll through a PDF file without using the keyboard or mouse.
#37: Remove All Toolbar Text Labels
Expert users - remove descriptions from the Adobe Reader 7 toolbar.
#38: Auto-Advance PDF Documents Displayed in Full Screen
Scan through PDF documents in kiosk mode without having to manually switch pages.
#39: E-Mail a PDF Document
E-mail the PDF file you're currently viewing in Adobe Reader 7.
#40: Quickly Jump to a Specific Page
Quickly skip to a specific page of a PDF document in Adobe Reader 7.
#41: Show Navigation Bar in Full Screen Mode For New Users
Help users new to Adobe Reader 7.0 to more easily navigate PDF documents in kiosk mode.
#42: Do Not Check Spelling When Filling Out Forms
Prevent Adobe Reader 7.0 from marking proper names as misspellings when filling out PDF forms.
#43: Read This Document - Literally!
Adobe Reader 7 can convert a PDF document's text to voice and read to you the document.
#44: Disable Text and Image Smoothing
Speed up Adobe Reader 7 on slower computers by disabling text and image smoothing.
#45: Don't Change URLs to Hyperlinks
Keep Adobe Reader 7 from hyperlinking all URLs in a PDF document.
#46: Search the Web
Browse the web from within Adobe Reader 7.0 with Yahoo!
#47: Create Adobe PDFs with Online Tool
Develop PDF files without having to download or purchase Adobe Acrobat.
#48: Change Page Thumbnail Sizes
View larger thumbnail images of a PDF document.
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