Select tool/Hand tool - Changing default preferences

New Here ,
Mar 08, 2010 Mar 08, 2010

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I am using Adobe Reader 9.1.3 and everytime I open a document, the mouse cursor is always "select tool". Even if I change it to "hand tool", the next time I would open the same or even anyother document it would again be "select tool". I need it to remain as "hand tool" everytime should I open the document.

I tried searching for a sort of default preference but couldnt find any. Tried searching for any old thread but there is one which is for version 8 and doesnt help at all. I cannt find the preference directory in version 9.

Thanks very much.

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New Here ,
Mar 09, 2010 Mar 09, 2010

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Hello!

Try going at Edit - Preferences - General and there select the option "Make Hand Tool select Images and Text".

If that doesn't help check this

Regards,

Rhadooo0

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Explorer ,
Apr 27, 2013 Apr 27, 2013

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Here is what I found.... Go to:
Edit/Preferences/Accessibility

In the section marked "Other Accessibility Options", de-select the check box labeled "Always display the keyboard selection cursor"

This fixed it for me.

Hope this helps.

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New Here ,
Jul 24, 2016 Jul 24, 2016

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For anyone else searching for this in later editions i.e XI for example, this default behavior can be controlled by the "Touch Mode:" option under Preferences > General. Of course, making this change modifies the behavior of Adobe Reader on machines with a touchscreen (refer to here for more details)

Set to "Never" the default tool becomes the Select tool

Set to "Auto" the default tool becomes the Hand tool

Hope this is useful to someone else, as it was a constant frustration for me until I worked it out.

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New Here ,
Mar 04, 2020 Mar 04, 2020

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Mossy98, OMG, finally... thank you very much for paying this forward.  This was the only thing that worked for me and kept me from going crazy.

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New Here ,
Mar 05, 2020 Mar 05, 2020

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mossy98 - thanks, that was the only setting which helpded. Tried dozens of old tips to make select tool the default, only your's worked.

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New Here ,
Apr 13, 2020 Apr 13, 2020

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Thank you!  This is what FINALLY got this to work for me, too.  Sighs of relief.  

Preferences >> General.  "Touch Mode" drop-down, set to "Never".  

 

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New Here ,
Jan 21, 2022 Jan 21, 2022

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THIS WORKS

 

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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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THANK YOU!!!! ❤️ 

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New Here ,
Sep 21, 2021 Sep 21, 2021

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YAY!! THANKSSSS

 

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New Here ,
Mar 27, 2021 Mar 27, 2021

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Thanks!

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New Here ,
Apr 21, 2021 Apr 21, 2021

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Worked for me as well, thanks mossy98!

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New Here ,
Oct 09, 2021 Oct 09, 2021

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Thank you! This same issue was driving me nuts today and this was the fix I needed!

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Oct 15, 2021 Oct 15, 2021

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Thank you! That was it!

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Explorer ,
Oct 27, 2021 Oct 27, 2021

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The Touch Mode solution did not work for me.

I have also tried the following:

 

Repair/reinstall Acrobat.

Switch to Hand mode, close, relaunch.

Set the following Preferences without a doc open:

- Make Hand tool select text & images

- Make Hand tool read articles

- Always display the keyboard selection cursor

 

This has been going on ever since I reinstalled Acrobat a few weeks ago.

I am running Acrobat Pro DC 2021.007.20099.

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New Here ,
Aug 08, 2022 Aug 08, 2022

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I'm having the same issue. I tried all of these and it still has the arrow selector tool as the default. What did you do to make the hand the default? Thanks

 

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New Here ,
Dec 06, 2021 Dec 06, 2021

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finally after googling so many days i found the answer to this

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Explorer ,
Jan 21, 2022 Jan 21, 2022

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Does not work for me.

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Explorer ,
Jan 25, 2022 Jan 25, 2022

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Set "Touch Mode" to ALWAYS for Hand Tool.

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Explorer ,
Jan 25, 2022 Jan 25, 2022

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Setting "Touch Mode" to AUTO allows Adobe to automatically select what it thinks is appropriate, either Select Tool or Hand Tool, depending on the document.

 

Set "Touch Mode" to ALWAYS for Hand Tool.

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Jan 25, 2022 Jan 25, 2022

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Thank you! This worked, even for me.

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Jun 03, 2022 Jun 03, 2022

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OMG YES! I have been searching up and down trying all the options and this was all I needed. Thank you!

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