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How to Enable Scrolling By Default in Adobe Acrobat DC and DC Reader

How to Enable Scrolling By Default in Adobe Acrobat DC and DC Reader

Switch to the page mode of your choice in Adobe Acrobat DC and Acrobat DC Reader often disables continuous scrolling. That’s not ideal when editing or reviewing multiple PDF documents with pages jumping to the top of the screen all the time – things can get confusing quickly. That means you have to repeatedly spend valuable seconds accessing the Acrobat menu bar just to reactivate the ability to scroll normally.

Fortunately, Adobe Acrobat DC and Acrobat DC Reader allow you to enable scrolling for the page mode of your choice by default. You can also add quick shortcuts to enable scroll directly to the Acrobat toolbar itself. Let’s examine how exactly you have to do all of that below.
Enable Scrolling in Adobe Acrobat By Default

At the time of writing, the latest versions of Adobe Acrobat Pro / Standard DC and Acrobat DC Reader load pages wide with continuous scrolling activated. But if you choose to switch to alternative page modes (Pas One Full Page, Single Page View, or Two Page View), you will find that scrolling is disabled.

That applies to the Fit One Full Page mode (specifically accessible via the Page View Mode menu), which does not offer additional options for switching modes with direct scrolling activated from bats, unlike Single Page Display and Page Two Display.

If you don’t want to waste time not only switching page modes, but also allowing repeated scrolling, you can change the default page display settings through the Acrobat Preferences panel. The following steps must show how.

Step 1: Open the Edit menu in Adobe Acrobat DC or Acrobat DC Reader, then click Preferences.

Step 2: Click the Accessibility tab.


Step 3: Under the Override Page Display section, check the box next to ‘Always use Page Layout Style.’ Depending on which page mode you want, use the drop-down menu next to it to select Single Continuous Page or Two Continuous Page.


Single Continuous Page displays one page, while Two Continuous Pages presents two pages side by side. Both options also have scrolling constantly turned on by default.

Step 4: Under the same section, check the box next to the ‘Always use Zoom Settings’ option. Then, choose your preferred zoom setting.


For example, Fit Page matches a full page by default, while Reflow shifts the text around when resizing or enlarging the page. You might want to go back and work on this option to find the settings that work best for you.

Step 5: Click OK to save your changes.


And that’s all. Adobe Acrobat DC and Acrobat DC Reader will always open PDF documents in the page display mode of your choice by scrolling on by default.

Add Scrolling Shortcuts to Adobe Acrobat

Although you set the page mode in Adobe Acrobat DC and Acrobat DC Reader, which always scrolls by default, you still want to switch page modes when actively viewing certain PDF documents. Again, this ultimately disables continuous scrolling.

However, you can overcome this problem to some extent by placing special shortcuts that will allow scrolling for Full Page, Single Page View, or Page Two Page modes, directly into the Acrobat user interface.

Start by right-clicking on an empty area on the Acrobat toolbar. In the context menu that appears, navigate to the Page View Tool, then select Enable Scrolling and Two-Page Scrolling.


That will place two special icons that you can easily use to switch to Single Page View or Page Two View modes by scrolling on. You can also use the Single Page View shortcut to enable continuous scrolling after using the Fit One Full Page option.


Enable Scrolling in Adobe Acrobat (Mobile)

The cellular version of Adobe Acrobat Reader / Premium for Android and iOS comes with continuous scrolling that has been activated by default.


But if you seem to be stuck in Single Page view, just tap the Page View icon to the top of the application when viewing any PDF document, then tap Continuous Scrolling. It has to reactivate continuous scrolling.

Continue to scroll

Overriding the default Adobe Acrobat DC and Acrobat DC page settings will help you avoid having to switch page modes manually by scrolling which is activated all the time. Also place some special icons that allow scrolling for the page display mode of your choice to succeed.

When you do, you might also want to find a way to get rid of the annoying DC Acrobat Reader Tool bar. This is a terrible UI design implementation that you must seriously consider to be permanently removed to complete serious work.

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