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How to prepare a PDF file for mobile use using Acrobat X

Learn how to create mobile PDF, including how to improve the display of your PDF files on mobile devices.

By April 13, 2012


In this tutorial, learn how to create mobile PDF using Acrobat X Pro or Suite. Get tips to improve the display of your PDF files on mobile devices, how to change page layout to a single column, how to add tags to provide structure, how to optimize the PDF file for quicker use and more.

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How to prepare a PDF file for mobile use using Acrobat X

Donna BakerApril 13, 2012

How do I prepare a PDF file for mobile use?

Your file needs to be easy to read, easy to use, and easy to find. These frames represent screen sizes used by different devices. If you can’t create content for multiple screens, use these tips to improve display of your PDF files.

This page has multiple sections and columns. You see a small portion of the page on a small screen like a smartphone. If you zoom in close or view on a small screen, how do know where you are on a page? Change the page layout to a single column so the page reads top to bottom. On this page, you have to scroll horizontally and may hit navigation page buttons instead. Use a 4:3 page size to cut down page scrolling.

Now let’s look at some document features:

  • Add tags to provide structure for the file’s elements. Click the Tags tab and you see this file is untagged. Click Accessibility to open the tool set, then click Add Tags to Document. Acrobat X processes the file, and lists the results in the Recognition Report tab. In the Tags pane, click to open the list, then click to open the nested tags. The components of the PDF file are tagged in a nested hierarchy.
  • Optimize the PDF file for quicker use. Create new PDF files using Web/online settings for efficiency. To optimize existing PDF files, click File > Save As > Optimized PDF to open the PDF Optimizer window. Click the Settings drop-down arrow, and click Mobile. Notice how the default image resolution drops. Click OK, and save the file.
  • To open the Document Properties dialog box, press CTRL + D (Windows) or COMMAND + D (Mac) and look for the file’s size here.
  • Add metadata to make it easier for search engines to find your document. Click OK, save your document, and it’s ready to share!

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