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How to use the Tools pane in Acrobat X

Learn how to use PDF tools in the Tools pane in Acrobat X and how to change the visible tools to meet your needs.

By March 23, 2012

 



In this tutorial, learn how to use PDF tools in the Tools pane and how to change the visible tools to meet your needs. All the Acrobat X tools are available from a series of panels at the right of the program window. This tip provides an overview of the tools in the Tools pane, how to use them and how to change the visible tools that appear in the pane.

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How to use the Tools pane in Acrobat X

Donna BakerMarch 23, 2012

All the Acrobat X tools are available from a series of panels at the right of the program window. Select Tools to see the default sets of tools for handling your documents; select Comment to see sets of tools for working with comments; click Share to see tools for interacting with others.

In the Tools panel, select Pages to see that groups of tools are organized into categories. The default tool sets include Pages, Content, and Document Processing. As you click one tool set's label, the open tool set closes.

To show multiple sets of tools at the same time, click the Add or hide panels to Tools pane button to open the menu. Select the Allow Multiple Panels Open menu item. Now you can open multiple sets of tools at the same time.

If you want to change the visible sets of tools showing in the Tools pane, click the Add or hide panels to Tools pane button to open the menu. Click the name of the toolset you want to add, such as Forms. Each open set of tools shows a checkmark to the left of its name in the menu.

The QuickTools toolbar contains a few commonly-used tools you can use without having to open the Tools pane itself. For example, you see the Rotate tool on the QuickTools toolbar. If you right-click the Rotate command in the Tools pane, you'll see the shortcut menu command is inactive. If you right-click another tool in the Tools pane, like the Crop tool, you see the shortcut command is available. Click the Add to Quick Tools menu command. You'll see the tool's icon added to the QuickTools toolbar. If you click the tool on the toolbar, you also see it selected in the Tools pane.


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