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Every time I open a PDF file, the bookmarks panel is automatically displayed, and I have to take the extra step of closing it, because I do not use bookmarks. I see that there is an option to change how a particular PDF file opens, but most of the PDFs I work with are not saved, so I want to change the settings for Adobe so that it does NOT open every PDF with the bookmarks panel displayed. Please help!
It's actually a setting of each individual file, not a system setting. You can change it under File - Properties - Initial View.
If you have Acrobat Pro then you can run an Action that will change it for multiple files all at once.
Thank you, but that's not the solution I'm looking for. As I stated in my question, the problem is that most of the files I work with are not saved. For example, I usually get the file in an email, open it, read it, then close it, and never look at it again. So, most if not all of the PDF files I work with are never saved, and it doesn't do me any good to change that setting for each individual file. It just wouldn't make any sense. I'm guessing that this must be a default setting that Adobe has built into the program without thinking to give users the option to change it.
As try67 explained, this is a setting that comes with the PDF file, so it's not a default setting in Acrobat, it's something that the document author selected when they created the PDF file. Usually, a document that has bookmarks opens the bookmarks panel - otherwise many users would probably not be able to detect that there are bookmarks in the document. There is nothing you can do in Acrobat to override this document setting. A custom Acrobat plug-in would probably be able to override such document settings.
Finally, I find the answer I have been looking for. I use Acrobat Pro DC and have been looking everywhere to try and find a default setting for this. I will look for a plug-in next. It is so annoying to have to close this pane for every file that I open. You would think there would be a preference setting for this.
Go to the document properties and change the default setting in the 'initial view' tab. You will have to do this for each file though.
That was stated earlier. Any chance of a plug-in for the browser to fix this for each and every file?
If you go to your preferences under 'Page Display' you can set your default zoom and page layout, however it only works on new docs and docs that have not had custom settings enabled. I hope this helps.
I did find those settings but I didn't know it only applied to new docs and those that have not had custom settings enabled. I will give it a go and see how it performs. Thanks again for all your help!
Adobe should code in an option for the bookmarks pane problem whereby when you open a pdf file there would be a button you could click to open the bookmark pane. Not just automatically open it and take up the screen space all the time.
Maybe make it with a color preference by default or by the creator's choosing. It could be a flashing button, whatever.
Here is another problem I have now that I am thinking of all of this. Whenever I open a pdf file I always have to click up at the top and enable the smooth scroll feature, instead of each page jumping to the next as I scroll down. This too is annoying as heck. Why not a button for that that is on the menu bar too? Maybe I ask for too much. 😉
If you customize your quick tools set-up you can put that button wherever you would like...
That sounds like a great solution. I am going to look for that option now. Never heard of it or seen it before.
Ahh, I found a setting in perference finally that fixes the page at a time thing.
Now all the pdf's will scroll continuous. Found it just now in 'accessability' settings.
So, cool. As for a custom button, there is no way to set up a button to click on or off of this setting.
Now that would be a cool tool. Thanks for your help in pushing me to look a little closer than I did before to find this.