Work with PDF

When you open a PDF, the menu that appears can vary based on the file type. For instance, non-shared files display an action menu at the top of the screen and a floating action button at the bottom.

The overflow icon (overflowicon) and the floating action button editicon open a context menu displaying additional options based on your service subscriptions. For example, both Organize Pages and Edit PDF require a subscription.

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The top menu bar, context menu options, and the floating action button change based on the nature of the currently displayed file:

  • Regular files (non-shared): The top menu contains tools for changing the scroll mode, undo/redo, text search, share, and an overflow menu that provide access to tools for viewing comments, viewing bookmarks, printing, and actions associated with your subscription services.

  • Shared files (View only): An overflow menu provide access to tools for printing and managing the shared file.

  • Review files: Files in an ongoing review display the comment bar, the comment filter, and an overflow menu that provide access to tools for managing the review. The floating action button is not available. A floating action button (editicon) provides access to tools such as Comments, Fill & Sign, and other subscribed services. For more details, refer to Share and review files.

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Share and comment

See Share and review files.

Save local files to Document Cloud

Following files are automatically saved to the source cloud location:

  • A file that you update after downloading from the cloud.

  • A file that requires Document Cloud features, such as share, reviews, combine files, export PDF, and more.

To save files stored on your device to the cloud:

  1. Go to the Home file list or Files > On This Device or open any file.

  2. Tap overflowicon and then tap savetocloudicon

Save a copy of shared file

You can save files to Document Cloud or any supported 3rd party storage. Acrobat allows you to save a copy of shared and review files along with their comments. To do so:

  1. Open a file and tap overflowicon

  2. Tap Save a Copy

  3. Select a location.

  4. Tap Save.

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Star files (Mark favorite)

You can mark a file favorite by adding a star to it. Once applied, a star appears next to the file in the specified locations across all devices including your desktop. You can control the starred file location behavior with your Set starred file location settings.

To star a file:

  1. Open the file.

  2. Open any context menu.

  3. Tap staricon. A star now appears next to the file in the locations specified by your Set starred file location settings.

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To unstar a file, open any context menu (usually by tapping overflowicon) and tap unstaricon.

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Edit PDFs

Users with a subscription to the edit service can modify PDF files. To enter edit mode, tap editicon > Edit PDF.

Add text

To add new text:

  1. In edit mode, tap any blank space to show the menu.

  2. Tap addtexticon

  3. Tap the desired text insertion location.

  4. Enter any text.

  5. Optionally, apply text formatting such as Bold, Italic, Underline.

  6. Tap checkicon to save the changes.

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When you exit the add text mode, you can tap the text again and select a tool from the menu to change the font style, size, weight, color, and alignment.

Change an entire text block

To edit existing text, open edit mode and:

  1. Tap a text block.

  2. Tap Edit text, Select All, or Delete.

  3. Select a text tool from the edit menu to change the font style, size, weight, color, and alignment.

  4. Tap outside the edit block to save the changes.

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Copy a text block

To copy a text block:

  1. In edit mode, tap a text block.

  2. Double tap inside the selected text to display the Copy menu item.

Resize a text block

To resize a text block:

  1. In edit mode, tap a text block.

  2. Drag the text box handles to change the text block’s size or location.

Edit specific text

To edit existing text:

  1. In edit mode, tap a text block.

  2. Double tap in the text block to show the blow handles.

  3. Drag the handles to select text.

  4. Select any text tool from the edit menu to change the font style, size, weight, color, and alignment.

  5. Tap outside the edit block to save the changes.

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Insert lists

You can insert a new list or convert existing text into either a bulleted or numbered list. To do so, simply select text as described above and tap one of the list icons.

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Edit images

You can delete, resize, rotate and move new and existing images. To do so:

  1. Tap editicon > Edit PDF.

  2. Tap an image.

  3. Long press an image and do one or more of the following:

    • Drag it to move to a different location.

    • Grab a corner handle and resize the image.

    • Tap Delete to delete the PDF.

    • Tap rotateleft or rotateright to rotate the image.

  1. Tap outside the edit block to save your change.

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Add images

To add an new image to a PDF:

  1. Tap editicon > Edit PDF.

  2. Tap addimageicon

  3. Tap the image location in the document.

  4. Tap an image source and navigate to the image. Available options vary by device.

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The app automatically adds the image.

  1. Optionally, long press the image to:

    • Drag it to a different location.

    • Grab a blue corner handle and resize the image.

    • Delete the image. Tap Delete.

  2. Tap outside the edit block to save your changes.

Undo-redo edit actions

To undo and redo editing actions:

  • In edit mode, tap undoicon in the upper right to undo an action.

  • Long press the undoicon and tap redoicon

Note

When using an external keyboard, you can use the shortcut keys: Command + Z OR Command + Shift + Z

Organize pages

To organize pages:

  1. Log in to Document Cloud.

  2. Open an unshared file tap editicon and then tap organizeicon

  3. Select one or more pages and choose any of the following actions as required:

    • To rotate pages: Tap rotateleft or rotateright

    • To reorder pages: Long press a page and then drag it to a new location.

    • To delete pages: Tap deleteicon and then confirm the action.

    • To insert pages: Tap inserticon and then choose whether to insert another file or a blank page. Next, choose before or after. The app automatically saves the file.

    • To extract pages: Tap extracticon. The extracted pages are automatically saved to your device as “Pages from <file name>”.

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Note

You can undo and redo any action by tapping overflowicon and then undoicon.

Combine and compress

See Combine files.

View modes

You can enhance your PDF viewing experience by customizing the view mode settings. To do so:

  1. Open a PDF file.

  2. From the top menu, tap the view settings icon. The displayed icon represents the current view.

  3. In the dialog that appears, tap one of the following scroll modes and/or night mode:

    • Continuous Pages: Swipe up or down on the screen to change pages. Choose this setting when marking up documents.

    • Page-by-Page: Swipe left or right to change pages, or tap the right or left document edge.

    • Reading Mode: The text reflows to fit the current view, which enhances readability for some documents. The objects that are recognized as images display on their own line with the width limited to the screen width. Zoom is disabled in reading mode so some images may appear partially off the screen. Note that all PDFs are not compatible with Reading mode, and the feature is gradually phasing in over 2020 (and therefor not available to all users).

    • Night Mode: Use Night Mode to invert black and white in low light conditions to reduce eye strain and extend your battery life.

    • Two page with cover page (Tablets only): On devices with 7-8” screens and tablets, you can choose to show only the cover page on document open.

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Note

You can also keep the PDF screen from dimming by enabling your device’s screen brightness lock.

Hide menus

When a file is open, a single tap changes the view to immersive mode. Immersive mode hides the menus so that you can see more of the document.