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How I set Adobe Reader DC to open in Read Mode (without going to View to turn it on)?

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Nov 19, 2015

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I need to read documents in full window view - without the right sidebar.

I can go to View and set Read Mode on, but I would prefer not to do that with every document I open.

So how do I set it to normally open in Read Mode?

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How I set Adobe Reader DC to open in Read Mode (without going to View to turn it on)?

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Nov 19, 2015

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I need to read documents in full window view - without the right sidebar.

I can go to View and set Read Mode on, but I would prefer not to do that with every document I open.

So how do I set it to normally open in Read Mode?

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Nov 22, 2015

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Hi donw87735455,

Viewing preferences needs to be set for individuals file using Acrobat application for Read mode.

By default Reader won't open the files in Reader mode.

However you can use the Shortcut for Read mode Ctrl+H.

If you want to disable the right tools pane, you can do it in the latest version of Acrobat Reader DC, simply navigate to Edit menu -> Preferences -> Documents -> un-check "Open tools pane for each document".

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Aadesh

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Nov 22, 2015

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Thanks, but that does not work.  I have unchecked "Open tools pane for each document" and I still get the tools pane at the right side.  BUG?

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Hi donw87735455,

Restart your computer after un-checking "Open tools pane for each document".

Let me know if it still shows up.

Regards,
Aadesh

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Nov 29, 2015

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Yes, it still shows up after a power cycle.

Don

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That worked.  Apparently one must close the right pane by using the small arrow (and not from View - Read only), then go to preferences, uncheck the box and save it.

I had saved preferences many times prior to this attempt and was unsuccessful if I unchecked the box and saved with the right pane still open.

Don

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I don't believe this question has been answered.  There is a difference between "Read Mode" and minimizing the "Tools Pane" on the right hand side.  Minimizing the Tools Pane still leaves a narrow vertical band with the arrow to allow reopening it.  Read Mode, on the other hand, gets rid of that area as well and adds an ephemeral Save/Print/Navigation menu at the bottom.

Since I primarily use Acrobat Reader for reading PDF documents, it would be convenient if the default were to open the file in true Read Mode.  Is that possible?

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Hello,

still any response? I am looking to open all pdf with read mode and I am stuck.

Thank you

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I too would like an answer. Adobe's products get worse and worse every year.  This is READER it should open in READ mode since it is used primary for ...... READING.  If I wanted to edit PDFs, I would use Acrobat.

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