Is it possible to set the document’s initial view?

By January 23, 2006


To set the initial view or zoom level when opening a PDF you can use the Document Properties Initial View tab (File > Document Properties or Control-D). From this dialog box (shown below) you can set how the PDF will open in Adobe Reader.



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Gonzalo Agudelo

10, 2016-03-07 07, 2016

I dont have the “initial view” option under file—> properties. How can i add this tab?

Lori Kassuba

5, 2014-07-15 15, 2014

Hi Cliff Gleason,

These settings allow to control how other people see the initial view when you send them a PDF.


Cliff Gleason

9, 2014-07-11 11, 2014

You can achieve similar results in Reader under Preferences, Page Display.

Lori Kassuba

3, 2012-11-06 06, 2012

Hi Olga,

This is only available when using Acrobat Std. or Pro. not the free Adobe Reader.



12, 2012-11-01 01, 2012

I don’t have the “Initial View” tab. What should I do to see it?


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