Acrobat Reader DC: Find the hand and select tools

New Here ,
Apr 21, 2015 Apr 21, 2015

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Here is a problem and a solution. In Adobe Reader DC you may want to use the hand tool and the select tool. But you won't get them to show in the main toolbar, no matter how deep you dig in the Show/Hide menu.

SOLUTION: hover your mouse in the lower part of the screen to show the Page Control tools. That's where you'll see the hand and select tools.

The complete steps are:

1. Click View > Show/Hide > Page Controls, and make sure that Show Page Controls is selected.

2. The page controls will appear either on your toolbar or at the bottom of the screen.

3. To move the page controls to the bottom of the screen (or back to your toolbar), click the icon that looks like a bar with a downwards arrow.

4. You will only be able to see the hand and select tools when the page controls are at the bottom of your screen.

Adobe, I usually love your software, but I spent a half hour looking for a hand icon. Frustration.  >:-((

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Apr 21, 2015 Apr 21, 2015

Hi daviddmack,


Thanks for sharing that with the community! You might also find this tip useful:

If you select Use Single Key Accelerators to Access Tools in the General preferences, you can access the Hand tool by pressing "H" on the keyboard.

Best,

Sara

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Engaged ,
Mar 28, 2016 Mar 28, 2016

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How do I get the "text select tool" if I'm in Acrobat Pro DC (as opposed to Reader)? One of the coolest features in Acrobat used to be the ability to select text and press Ctrl+B to quickly create Bookmarks.

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Explorer ,
May 15, 2017 May 15, 2017

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Thanks -- this also worked in Acrobat Pro DC.

Any way to add the Hand tool to my Quick Tools set in Pro DC, so I don't have to constantly show and hide tools?

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New Here ,
Apr 03, 2020 Apr 03, 2020

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Thank you David. I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out where the hand tool was located... I appreciate your post.

     - Mike

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Mar 29, 2022 Mar 29, 2022

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Thanks for that. I'm sure that this used to be in the toolbar but this could be a senior moment.

The air was blue looking for this option, should have used Google much earlier! 

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May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

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you NEED to fix this

 

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Jun 01, 2022 Jun 01, 2022

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Acrobat, yes. It does have hand tool. But not for adobe reader. It's a shame...

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