How to Open Two Adobe Acrobat Documents Separately

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How to Open Two Adobe Acrobat Documents Separately
Place two PDF documents side by side in a few mouse clicks. (computer mouse image by Chiara Leonardi from Fotolia.com)

Opening two Adobe Acrobat documents separately makes four common tasks a little easier. It enables you to do a side by side comparison of different versions of the same document. You can simultaneously highlight and make notes on two documents. When inserting a page from one PDF document into a second PDF document, having them side by side makes it easier to select individual pages. A side-by-side view also facilitates the combining of individual pages from two PDF documents to create a unique third document.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Windows Explorer. Click the "Start" button located on the Windows 7 task bar. If Windows Explorer is not listed on the Start menu, click "Programs." Scroll down the program list, locate Windows Explorer and click once to open it.

  2. 2

    Locate the first document (PDF 1). Using Windows Explorer, locate and double-click on the first of the PDF files you want to open separately. This will open Adobe Acrobat 9 at the same time that it opens the PDF document. While some programs do not allow you to open multiple versions simultaneously, Adobe Acrobat 9 does.

  3. 3

    Locate the second document (PDF 2). Using Windows Explorer, locate and double-click to open the second file. This will automatically open a second version of Adobe Acrobat 9 and load your second document.

  4. 4

    Position the windows side by side. Verify that all windows except the two Adobe Acrobat documents are minimised to the task bar. Move your mouse over the task bar and right-click. Select "Show windows side by side." This will position the separate documents side by side without any overlap so that you can work on both documents concurrently.

  5. 5

    Switch sides. If PDF 1 is on the left and PDF 2 is on the right and you would like to reverse them, you can switch positions. Click and hold the top of PDF 2 and drag it to the left side of your screen. Click and hold the top of PDF 1 and drag it to the right side of your screen. Move your mouse over the task bar, right-click and select "Show windows side by side." This will reposition and align the windows so that PDF 2 is on the left and PDF 1 is on the right.

Tips and warnings

  • Open the page thumbnail images to the left of each document to facilitate page by page comparisons.

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