How do I set Acrobat DC to open in read mode by default?

I know how to activate read mode. I want to know how to make this terrible program forced upon me by my institution work like the free version. I do not want to see any editing tools, and I want to set the default size to 100% as well instead of this stupid default setting of 125%. DC and I are not getting along very well.


Brady Cross


2 Answers

As far as I know, there is no method to force Acrobat into read mode as it's default mode. You should be able to hide the navigation pane on the left and the tools pane on the right however. There are narrow bars with triangles right next to these UI elements. When you click there, the respective pane gets hidden - and will stay hidden until you show it again. All you see is that narrow strip with the rectangle on it. To set the default zoom level (which will be used unless the document overrides it) go into Acrobat's preferences, go to the Page Display category and set the default zoom level to 100%.

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Karl Heinz Kremer   

I know how to hide the toolbar, access read mode, and resize. My complaint is the fact I have to do all three every single time I access a PDF. Why can't Adobe realize that 99% of the time I just want to read a PDF? Having to go through three steps is an unnecessary pain in the a**. I expect the software to be universal in nature. Users can set defaults in the free edition, why can't this one be set the same way?

Don't even get me started on the fact there is no "save" button. When I Ctl+Alt+Shift to save I have to click through a dialogue box to get to my computer's folders. This interface is very poor. I expect much better out of Adobe. It's almost as if we now know where the idiots that designed Windows 8 ended up working.


Brady Cross   


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