Select tool/Hand tool - Changing default preferences

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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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Select tool/Hand tool - Changing default preferences

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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THANK YOU!!!! ❤️ 

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