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So, just a quickkie today about using the split screen facility. By using the screen-splitting commands in Acrobat you can view large documents, including drawings and spreadsheets, more easily on screen than you can on paper.

The commands in the Window menu (shown below) give you the ability to view a PDF with the document pane divided into two (Split command) or four panes (Spreadsheet Split command).


Split Commands
In Split view, each window operates independently. In Spreadsheet Split, the windows are coordinated so you can keep column or row headings visible while you scroll through a large table or spreadsheet.

To end Split or Spreadsheet Split view, choose Window > Remove Split.
Split view

With Split view, you can view a single document in two windows. You can scroll, change the magnification level, or turn to a different page in the active window without affecting the other, as shown below.


Split View

In Split view, click a pane to make it active. You can navigate to a new page or to a new zoom setting and the other window will remain in place. Drag the gray splitter bar to resize the windows.

So this makes it easy now to view two seperate sections of a document together on a single screen, maybe a network diagram and the detail page of the hardware components making up that network.... Back in the paper world, you would constantly be turning from one page to another to match part numbers and descriptions with the diagram. By using the Split command in Acrobat, you can view both pages in the same document pane.

Spreadsheet Split

The Spreadsheet Split view is useful if you want to keep column headings and row labels visible while scrolling through a large spreadsheet, chart or table. In this mode, changing the magnification in one pane changes the magnification in all panes.

Scrolling is coordinated between the panes: scrolling a pane horizontally also scrolls the pane above or below it; scrolling vertically also scrolls the pane to the left or right of that pane.


my name is emad sibai .. iam a graphic designe ...

Hi Stephen

Do you know if you can use a vertical split view or spreadsheet view in Acrobat Reader 6.0. I'm desparate to view reports but freezing the first column in order to read across the page. Any ideas???

Please make my day


I would like to know if you can use vertical split view or spreadsheet view in an Acrobat Reader, particularly for handheld computers, such as the HP IPAQ.

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