How to set the initial view options for a pdf document?

For a pdf document, the initial view options are those parameters to control the initial behaviors of an application that is used for viewing the document. These parameters are packed into the pdf document which enables the file to determine the initial behaviors of supported application when opening the document in any systems. Some of the parameters are determining: displaying only one page at a time, initial zooming size, the number of the page to be firstly showed, etc.

So how to set these parameters for your pdf documents? Use Advanced PDF Tools. Advanced PDF Tools is a smart software that can define many parameters of your pdf documents. One function of modifying the pdf descriptions (properties) is presented here, This article is mainly about the function of setting the initial view options for an example pdf document. Below are some demos and descriptions of setting the different initial view options for the example pdf file.

Firstly, please download the software at and install it into your Microsoft Windows Operating System. After the installation, you may follow the menu path as displayed in the coming screen snapshot, [star] –> [All Programs] –> [Advanced PDF Tools v2.0] –> [Advanced PDF Tools v2.0] to launch the software. Of course, you may also directly start the software in its installation directory.


In the main window of Advanced PDF Tools, choose the “Open action” tab and you will see a GUI like the snapshot below. In the three group boxes of the window are the options for setting the initial view of a pdf file. The form below those group boxes is the list of files to be processed. There are two ways to add the example pdf document into the list: drag the example pdf document and drop it into the main window of Advanced PDF Tools; press the “Open” button in the bottom of the window and browse to the example pdf document.


After adding the example pdf file into the source file list, the following words will provide some demos and descriptions for setting most of the initial view options. One example is only for one single option and you may combine several examples for guiding to setting more than one options.

1. Selecting the “Not Change” option radio button in the group box of “Initial view” will disable the options as follows, “Page only”, “Bookmarks and page”, “Thumbnails and page”, “Open in full screen mode” and “UseOC”.

2. Selecting the “Page only” radio button in group box and pressing “Change” button in the main window will lead you to the dialog of “Save As”. Inputting a name for the output pdf document and pressing “Save” will store the newly changed pdf document with the “Page only” option added. Open the newly changed pdf file with Adobe Reader, you will find that the Reader hides its sidebar and shows pages only after being started.


3. Select “Bookmarks and page” radio button and press “Change”. This will save a new pdf file with “Bookmarks and page” option added. Open the new pdf document, you will find the bookmark sidebar is expanded as shown below.


4. Selecting “Thumbnails and page” and pressing “Change” button add the option into the newly changed pdf document. The file will open with the “Page Thumbnails” visible initially. This is the snapshot of effect below.


5. “Open in full screen mode” will force the newly changed pdf file be opened in full screen mode. Adobe Reader probably inquires you to confirm the full screen mode before open the document. Below is the inquiry dialog box. image

6. “UseOC” enables the pdf document to initially display the Optional Content (OC) group panel when being opened by supported PDF Reader like Adobe Reader. The following snapshot shows the document opened with OC group panel displayed.


The following examples are for other options with “Not change” selected in “Initial view”.

7. In the group box of “Initial view”, choose the “Not change” radio button and input a number into the “Start page number” editable spin box. This will force the PDF reader to start with firstly displaying the page of specified number. The next snapshot is from opening the pdf document with option “Start page number” of 11.


8. In the group box of “Initial view”, the “Magnification” option is to set the magnification which the page is zoomed to after being opened. For example, input a number of 75 into the “Magnification” editable combo box, the newly changed pdf document will be opened with the page zoomed to 75% initially. Following is the snapshot of the pdf document opened by Adobe Reader.


9. In the group box of “Initial view”, choosing the “Singlepage” item of dropdown list of “Page layout” forces the PDF reader to display the document in single page view mode after opening the document of the option added. The snapshot below is from one document of this kind.


All the examples above are from the “Initial view” group box and the ones below are from other options with “Not change” options of the group box disabled.

10. In the group box of “User interface option”, uncheck “Not change” and check “Hide menu bar”, then press “Change” button of the main window. Adding the “Hide menu bar” option into a pdf document will force the PDF reader application having opened the document to start with the menu bar invisible. The snapshot below is from the Adobe Reader viewing the pdf document that is with the specific option added.


11. In “User interface option” group box, checking the “Hide tool bar” box will force the PDF reader to hide its toolbar when open the document with the specific option added.

12. Selecting the “Hide window control” option in group box of “User interface option” to add the option to a pdf document will enable the feature that the window controls, such as scroll bars, of the PDF reader opening the pdf document are hided.

13. Making the “Not change” option unchecked will give out the permission to check the other three options, “Resize window to initial page”, “Center window on screen” and “Display document title”. The pdf document with option “Resize window to initial page” added will resize the window of the PDF reader opening the document to fit the size of the first displayed page, and the option “Center window on screen” will position the PDF reader’s window in the center of the screen. The “Display document title” option makes the PDF reader display the title, instead of the name of the pdf document in the title bar of the application window.

You would obtain more information about Advanced PDF Tools at

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