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.


Save files

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.

Note that actions which require choosing Done, Save, and so on are saved to their original location.

Save local files to Document Cloud

To save files stored on your device to the cloud:

From an unopened file:

  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 file copy

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. For any file, tap overflowicon

  2. Tap Save a Copy

  3. Select a location.

  4. Tap Save.


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 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 Starred file location settings.


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


Organize pages

For details about rearranging, removing, rotating, inserting, and extracting pages, see Organize pages.

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.



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.