Adobe reader defaults to wrong paper size

Updated April 17, 2017

Adobe Reader is free software that allows users to read .pdf (Portable Document Format) files without purchasing the entire Adobe Acrobat suite. Reader offers limited ability for users to change display preferences, but the default page layout and zoom can be customised.

Opening Preferences

Preference settings are located in the "Edit" menu. Alternately, the preferences screen can be opened with the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl+K."

Changing Display Defaults

The "Page Display" header in the left-hand navigation panel of the preferences screen contains default display options. "Default Layout and Zoom" options are at the very top of the screen. Both default to "Automatic," but can be changed to "Single Page," "Single Page Continuous," "Two Up" and "Two Up Continuous" for the layout and various zoom options like "Fit Width" or "Fit Page."

Changing Print Setup

Print defaults can also be changed to your desired paper size. Open "Print Setup..." under the "File" Menu, and adjust defaults to letter (8.5" x 11") or legal (8.5" x 14"), for example.

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