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Using Tabs in Adobe Reader 9.1

Adobe Reader 9.1 for Linux and Solaris provides a tabbed document interface – multiple documents are contained in a single application window, with tabs to navigate between them. Here is some useful information on using tabs in Adobe Reader 9.1.

Switching Modes
By default, documents are opened in tabs. You can switch to the Single Document Interface (SDI) mode as follows.

  1. Choose Edit > Preferences > Documents
  2. Uncheck Open documents in tabs (requires restart) in Open settings and restart Reader to open PDFs in separate windows.

Feature List
The tabbed interface provides features to allow easier and better organization of the documents you are viewing.

  • Rearrange tabs
    To rearrange the tabs in a window, click and drag the tab to its new position. (Note: This feature is supported on distributions with Gtk+ version 2.10 or higher.)
  • Create new window from a tab
    Do one of the following:

    • You can move out a tab to create a new window. Click and drag the tab out of the current window. (Note: This feature is supported on distributions with Gtk+ version 2.10 or higher.)
    • Right-click the tab, and choose Detach Tab.
  • Move tab to a different window
    To move a tab to a different reader window, click and drag the tab from its original window into the destination window. (Note: This feature is supported on distributions with Gtk+ version 2.10 or higher.)
  • Duplicate tab
    To open the same document in a new tab in the same window, right click the tab, and choose Duplicate Tab.
  • Close tab
    Do one of the following:

    • Click the [x] icon in the tab.
    • Right-click the tab, and choose Close Tab.
  • Close Other Tabs
    Right-click the tab, and choose Close Other Tabs.
  • Close Tabs to the Left
    Right-click the tab, and choose Close Tabs to the Left.
  • Close Tabs to the Right
    Right-click the tab, and choose Close Tabs to the Right.

Configurable Settings
You can change some of the preferences associated with tabs using the Preferences dialog box. The preferences settings control how the application behaves whenever you use it; they are not associated with any particular PDF document.

Choose Edit > Preferences > Documents and edit the preferences in Tab settings section.

  • Show tabs at
    • Top Show tabs at the top below the menu bar.
    • Bottom Show tabs at the bottom of Reader window.
  • Show thumbnails on tab hover Determines whether page thumbnails are shown on hovering over the tabs. If this option is not selected, filename/title of the PDF will be shown.
  • Open new tab next to active tab Specifies whether to open a new tab next to the active tab or at the end.
  • When closing a tab, switch to last active tab Determines whether the last active tab comes into focus on closing a tab. If this option is not selected, the previous tab will come into focus.
  • Warn when closing multiple tabs Enables warning dialog that would appear when you close a window with multiple tabs.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Switch to next tab: Ctrl+Tab, Ctrl+Page Down
  • Switch to previous tab: Ctrl+Shift+Tab, Ctrl+Page Up
  • Switch to tab (first 9): Alt+1…9

Comments

    Can you please add a keyboard shortcut for “duplicate tab”? Also can you mimick the firefox behavior where if there is only one tab open, it doesn’t eat up screen real estate by showing the tab list? (If the latter was a feature that one would have to explicitly turn on, it would not hinder advertising the tab functionality.)

    Thanks.

    It was good to come back to MDI in 9.1. It still is painful that tabs waste space on the screen reducing vertical clearance for the actual document.

    It would be great if you allowed user to hide tabs and use keys or mouse to navigate between documents.

    It was done right in version 7, messed up in version 8, and still not quite fixed in version 9. What a great example of a useless marketing driven feature…

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