Adobe Reader Keyboard Shortcuts

Top keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Reader (all versions).

  1. To access the menu options you can use the ALT key followed by the relevant underlined letter. To access a menu option once the menu is open, press the relevant underlined letter. Alternatively, after pressing the ALT key, use the arrow keys followed by enter to choose alternative menus and menu options.
  2. To access the toolbar buttons hit ALT followed by CTRL + TAB. Then use the arrow keys to move from one button to another. Use enter to select.
  3. To zoom in and out of a page, use CTRL + PLUS or CTRL + MINUS respectively.
  4. To fit to page for easier viewing, use CTRL + 0.
  5. To view in presentation mode use CTRL + L. Press ESC to return to normal view.
  6. To rotate view (often done by accident, here is how to fix it!)
    Clockwise: CTRL + SHIFT + PLUS
    Anti-clockwise: CTRL + SHIFT + MINUS
  7. To find a word press control + F to activate the find box, type the key word(s) and hit return. Hit return to move from one occurrence of the search item to another.

Keys for selecting tools

To enable single-key shortcuts, open the Preferences dialog box (Edit > Preferences), and under General, select the Use Single-Key Accelerators To Access Tools option.

 

Tool Windows/UNIX action Mac OS action
Hand tool H H
Temporarily select Hand tool Spacebar Spacebar
Select tool V V
Marquee Zoom tool Z Z
Cycle through zoom tools: Marquee Zoom,Dynamic Zoom, Loupe Shift+Z Shift+Z
Temporarily select Dynamic Zoom tool (when Marquee Zoom tool is selected) Shift Shift
Temporarily zoom out (when Marquee Zoom tool is selected) Ctrl Option
Temporarily select Zoom In tool Ctrl+spacebar Spacebar+Command
Select Object tool R R
Edit Object tool O O
Enter/Exit Forms editing A A
Crop tool C C
Link tool L L
Text Field tool F F
Cycle through tools in forms authoring mode: Text Field, Check Box, Radio Button, List Box, Dropdown Box, Button, Digital Signature, Barcode Shift+F Shift+F
3D tool M M
Cycle through Multimedia tools: 3D object, SWF, Sound, Video Shift+M Shift+M
Edit Document Text tool T T
Redaction Shift+Y Shift+Y
Cycle through Touch Up tools: Touch Up Text, Touch Up Reading Order, Touch Up Object Shift+T Shift+T
JavaScript Debugger Ctrl+J Command+J
Insert Blank Pages tool Shift+Ctrl+T Shift+Command+T
Insert Files Ctrl+Shift+I  

Shift+Command+I

Delete pages Ctrl+Shift+D  

Shift+Command+D

Open Output Preview ~ ~
Touch Up Reading Order tool (or if already selected, return focus to dialog box) Shift+Ctrl+U Shift+Command+U

Keys for working with comments

To enable single-key shortcuts, open the Preferences dialog box (Edit > Preferences), and under General, select the Use Single-Key Accelerators To Access Tools option.

Result Windows/UNIX Action Mac OS Action
Sticky Note tool S S
Text Edits tool E E
Stamp tool K K
Current highlighting tool U U
Cycle through highlighting tools: Highlighter,Underline Text, Cross Out Text Shift+U (Windows only) Shift+U
Current drawing markup tool D D
Cycle through drawing markup tools: Cloud, Arrow, Line, Rectangle, Oval, Polygon Line, Polygon, Pencil Tool, Eraser Tool Shift+D (Windows only) Shift+D
Cloud tool Q (Windows only) Q
Text Box tool X X
Current Stamp or Attach tool J J
Cycle through Stamp, Attach File, Record Audio Comment Shift+J Shift+J
Move focus to next comment or form field Tab Tab
Move focus to previous comment or form field Shift+Tab Shift+Tab
Open pop-up note (or text field in Comments List) for comment that has focus Enter Return
Closes pop-up (or text field in Comments List) for comment that has focus Esc Esc

Keys for navigating a PDF

Result Windows/UNIX Action Mac OS Action
Previous screen Page Up or Shift+Enter Page Up or Shift+Return
Next screen Page Down or Enter Page Down or Return
First page Home or Shift+Ctrl+Page Up or Shift+Ctrl+Up Arrow Home or Shift+Command+Up Arrow
Last page End or Shift+Ctrl+Page Down or Shift+Ctrl+Down Arrow End or Shift+Command+Down Arrow
Previous page Left Arrow or Ctrl+Page Up Left Arrow or Command+Page Up
Next page Right Arrow or Ctrl+Page Down Right Arrow or Command+Page Down
Previous open document Ctrl+F6 (UNIX) Command+F6
Next open document Shift+Ctrl+F6 (UNIX) Shift+Command+F6
Scroll up Up Arrow Up Arrow
Scroll down Down Arrow Down Arrow
Scroll (when Hand tool is selected) Spacebar Spacebar
Zoom in Ctrl+equal sign Command+equal sign
Zoom out Ctrl+hyphen Command+hyphen

Keys for working with Forms

To enable single-key shortcuts, open the Preferences dialog box (Edit > Preferences), and under General, select the Use Single-Key Accelerators To Access Tools option.

Result Windows/UNIX Action Mac OS Action
Toggle between editing and previewing your form P P
Toggle Guides On / Off G G
Align selected fields left L L
Align selected fields right R R
Align selected fields top T T
Align selected fields bottom B B
Align selected fields horizontal H H
Align selected fields vertical V V
Center fields horizontally Shift+H Shift+H
Center fields vertically Shift+V Shift+V
Highlight fields Shift+L Shift+L
Show Tab Order Shift+N Shift+N
Document JavaScripts Shift+D Shift+D

Keys for working with PDF Portfolios

These keys are available in the files list of the Details pane.

Result Windows Action Mac OS Action
Move focus to the next or previous row when in the body of the file list on the left Up Arrow or Down Arrow Up Arrow or Down Arrow
If pressed in the body of the file list, navigate one level up from within a folder Backspace Delete
Press the Go Back button in a folder if focus is on the button. Enter or Spacebar Enter or Spacebar
If pressed when focus is on a row in the file list representing a subfolder, navigate to a subfolder, or open an attachment in Preview mode. Enter Enter
If in the body of the file list, move to the first or last row Home or End Home or End
If in the body of the file list, move to the next or last set of rows to fit the screen Page Down or Page Up Page Down or Page Up
Select or deselect all files Ctrl+A or Shift+Ctrl+A Command+A or Shift+Command+A
If in the body of the file list, extend the selection by adding the next row above or below the selected row Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow
Change whether the row with focus is in the selection Ctrl+Spacebar Command+Spacebar
Move focus up or down one row without changing the selection Ctrl+Up Arrow or Ctrl+Down Arrow Command+Up Arrow or Command+Down Arrow

Keys for navigating task panes

Result Windows Action Mac OS Action
Move focus to the next item among Document pane, Task panes, Message bar, and Navigation bar F6 F6
Move focus to the previous item among Document pane, Task panes, message bar, and Navigation bar Shift+F6 Shift+F6
Move focus to the next panel in the Task pane Ctrl+Tab Option +Tab
Move focus to the previous panel in the Task pane Ctrl+Shift+Tab Command+ Shift+Tab
Navigate to the next panel and panel control within an open Task pane Tab Tab
Navigate to the previous panel and panel control within an open Task pane Shift+Tab Shift+Tab
Navigate to the next command button within a panel Down Arrow Down Arrow
Navigate to the previous command button within a panel Up Arrow Up Arrow
Expand or collapse panel in focus (press F6 to move focus to Tools pane, then tab to desired panel) Spacebar or Enter Spacebar or Enter
Open or close the Task pane Shift+F4 Shift+F4
Close the pane that lists the tasks of an Action Ctrl+Shift+F4 Ctrl+Shift+F4
Open the menu and move the focus to the first menu option when focus is on a command with a submenu or submenu element with a flyout Spacebar or Enter Spacebar or Enter
Move the focus back to the parent command button with a submenu or submenu element with a flyout Esc Esc
Run the command in focus Spacebar or Enter Spacebar or Enter
Navigate to the next item in the active panel in the Create New Action, Edit Action, Create Custom Tool, or the Edit Custom Tool dialog boxes Tab Tab
Navigate to the previous item in the active panel in the Create New Action, Edit Action, Create Custom Tool, or the Edit Custom Tool dialog boxes Shift+Tab Shift+Tab

Keys for general navigating

Result Windows/UNIX Action Mac OS Action
Move focus to menus (Windows, UNIX); expand first menu item (UNIX) F10 Control+F2
Move focus to toolbar in browser and application

(In application, sets focus to the first button in the top bar – Home)

Shift+F8 Shift+F8
Navigate through the other controls in the top bar – Home, Tools, Document Right/Left Arrow or Tab/Shift Tab Right/Left Arrow or Tab/Shift Tab
Select a highlighted control in the top bar Enter or Spacebar Return or Spacebar
Move to next open document tab (when multiple documents are open in same window) Ctrl+Tab Control+Tab
Move to previous open document tab (when multiple documents are open in same window) Ctrl+Shift+Tab Control+Shift+Tab
Move to next open document window (when focus is on document pane) Ctrl+F6 Command+F6
Move to previous open document window (when focus is on document pane) Ctrl+Shift+F6 Command+Shift+F6
Close current document Ctrl+F4 Command+F4
Close all open documents Not available Command+Option+W
Move focus to next comment, link, or form field in the document pane Tab Tab
Move focus to document pane F5 F5
Move focus to previous comment, link, or form field in the document pane Shift+Tab Shift+Tab
Activate selected tool, item (such as a movie clip or bookmark), or command Spacebar or Enter Spacebar or Return
Open context menu Shift+F10 Control+click
Close context menu F10 Esc
Return to Hand tool or Select tool Esc Esc
Move focus to next tab in a tabbed dialog box Ctrl+Tab Not available
Move to previous search result and highlight it in the document Shift + F3 or

Ctrl + Shift + G

Shift + Command + G
Move to next search result and highlight it in the document F3 or

Ctrl + G

Command + G
Search previous document (with Search results displaying multiple files) Alt+Shift+Left Arrow (Windows only) Command+Shift+Left Arrow
Search next document (with Search results displaying multiple files) Alt+Shift+Right Arrow (Windows only) Command+Shift+Right Arrow
Select text (with Select tool selected) Shift+arrow keys Shift+arrow keys
Select next word or deselect previous word (with Select tool selected) Shift+Ctrl+Right Arrow or Left Arrow Not available

Keys for working with navigation panels

Result Windows/UNIX Action Mac OS Action
Open and move focus to navigation pane Ctrl+Shift+F5 Command+Shift+F5
Move focus among the document, message bar, and navigation panels F6 F6
Move focus to previous pane or panel Shift+F6 Shift+F6
Move among the elements of the active navigation panel Tab Tab
Move to previous or next navigation panel and make it active (when focus is on the panel button) Up Arrow or Down Arrow Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Move to next navigation panel and make it active (when focus is anywhere in the navigation pane) Ctrl+Tab Not available
Expand the current bookmark (focus on Bookmarks panel) Right Arrow or Shift+plus sign Right Arrow or Shift+plus sign
Collapse the current bookmark (focus on Bookmarks panel) Left Arrow or minus sign Left Arrow or minus sign
Expand all bookmarks Shift+* Shift+*
Collapse selected bookmark Forward Slash (/) Forward Slash (/)
Move focus to next item in a navigation panel Down Arrow Down Arrow
Move focus to previous item in a navigation panel Up Arrow Up Arrow

Keys for navigating the Help window

Result Windows/UNIX Action Mac OS Action
Open Help window F1 F1 or Command+?
Close Help window Ctrl+W (Windows only) or Alt+F4 Command+W
Move back to previously opened topic Alt+Left Arrow Command+Left Arrow
Move forward to next topic Alt+Right Arrow Command+Right Arrow
Move to next pane Ctrl+Tab See Help for your default browser
Move to previous pane Shift+Ctrl+Tab See Help for your default browser
Move focus to the next link within a pane Tab Not available
Move focus to the previous link within a pane Shift+Tab Not available
Activate highlighted link Enter Not available
Print Help topic Ctrl+P Command+P

Keys for accessibility

Result Windows Action Mac OS Action
Change reading settings for the current document Shift+Ctrl+5 Shift+Command+5
Reflow a tagged PDF, and return to unreflowed view Ctrl+4 Command+4
Activate and deactivate Read Out Loud Shift+Ctrl+Y Shift+Command+Y
Read only the current page out loud Shift+Ctrl+V Shift+Command+V
Read out loud from the current page to the end of the document Shift+Ctrl+B Shift+Command+B
Pause reading out loud Shift+Ctrl+C Shift+Command+C
Stop reading out loud Shift+Ctrl+E Shift+Command+E
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