How to get rid of the checkerboard background in acrobat

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How to get rid of the checkerboard background in acrobat
Disable the checkerboard background in Acrobat. (checkered grid tile image by Nicemonkey from

In Adobe Acrobat, various page display settings affect what your PDF looks like. Sometimes, you might see a checkerboard background made up of white and grey squares. Called the transparency grid, it displays the grid behind transparent objects, according to Adobe. To get rid of the checkerboard background in Acrobat, change your preferences.

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  • Adobe Acrobat PDF file

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  1. 1

    Open your PDF document in Adobe Acrobat.

  2. 2

    Click "Edit."

  3. 3

    Click "Preferences."

  4. 4

    Select "Page Display."

  5. 5

    Uncheck the box next to "Show Transparency Grid." This will disable the transparency grid and return your background to white.

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