How do I best view and navigate my G-Book® in Adobe Reader?

This brief tutorial is based on Adobe Reader X, but the versions from Reader 7 upward work similarly. G-Books provide pdf compatibility with Adobe Reader 7 and later editions, which also permits compatibility with iPads and most other tablets. These instructions do not apply to reading G-Books using the many pdf apps available for free or purchase on tablets running Apple iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8 and WIndows RT; for those dedicated apps, you'll need to learn the settings each offers. However, tablets running Windows 8 can also run Adobe Reader in Desktop mode.

Reader Viewing Tips

You can switch between four basic views when reading your G-Book in Adobe Reader. Before you choose any particular view, maximize your G-Book in Reader and also maximize Reader on your display. The maximize/restore button is the small (middle) button in the upper right of your window just to the left of the Close (X) button.

Then try each of these viewing options to see which you like best:

  1. If you have a large, wide display with high resolution, the natural way to display your G-Book is two pages at a time, just like holding the printed book:

    Facing Pages view

    (In Adobe Reader choose View | Zoom | Zoom to Page Level, then choose View | Page Display | Two Page View, and finally choose View | Page Display | Show Cover Page In Two Page View)

  2. You can start with the settings in step 1 and then hide all the menus of Reader for an even more realistic book-reading experience, using Reader's Full Screen Mode. Earlier versions of Reader only showed one page at a time, later versions let you view two pages as shown here:

    Full Screen view

    (In Adobe Reader, use the shortcut key Ctrl+L to switch to Full Screen view (or use the menus and choose View | Full Screen Mode); use the PgDn and PgUp (or Spacebar and Shift+Spacebar) to turn pages forward or backward; click Ctrl+L again to return to normal view.)

  3. If you have a vertically oriented (portrait mode) display, you might prefer to view one page at a time, and perhaps also keep the Bookmarks or Pages tab open at the left:

    Single Page view

    (Choose View | Fit Page, then choose View | Page Layout | Single Page—you can also click the Bookmarks or Pages tab along the left edge of Reader if you want to expand (or close) the navigation pane)

  4. If the type is too small to read comfortably fitting entire spreads or whole pages in the display, try fitting the just the page's width to the width of your display, like this:

    Fit Width view

    (Choose View | Zoom |Fit Width, then choose View | Page Layout | Single Page View. Close the navigation pane on the left if it's open to maximize the type size. In exchange for larger type, you'll have to press PgDn or the Spacebar more often and you won't see a whole page a time.)

Navigation Tips

Once you've chosen your view, navigating is easy.

  1. To turn to the next page of your G-Book, tap the PgDn (Page Down) key; to turn back a page, tap PgUp (Page Up). Not easy enough? Then just press the Spacebar each time you want to turn to the next page.

  2. Press Home to jump to your G-Book's first page, or press End to jump to the last page.

  3. Press Alt + Left Arrow to jump back to whatever page you last viewed. (Even if you just jumped to the end of the book, Alt+Left Arrow will take you back to the page you were viewing before your jump.) Then you can press Alt + Right Arrow to jump forward again.

  4. If you open the Page Thumbnails or Bookmarks panes at the left edge of the window, you can click on a page or a bookmark to jump to that spot in the G-Book.

Wait! How to I bookmark my page when I stop reading?

Good question. This is a global setting you make in your pdf software. After you set it once, it should work for every G-Book you open. Follow these steps in Adobe Reader, or look for a similar feature if you use another PDF reader:

  1. Choose Edit | Preferences, then click Documents in the list at the left.

  2. In the right pane, at the top, select the checkmark for Restore Last View Settings When Reopening Documents. Both your last page and the view settings will be restored next time you open the file. Don't click OK just yet...

  3. While you've got Preferences displayed, click Page Display in the list at the left. Now select the checkmark for Use Page Cache (to speed up page display). Further down the dialog box select the check mark for Use Logical Page Numbers. Now the menu at the top of the Reader window *if you have it turned on) will display the matching page numbers of the original printed book (because the G-Book was set up ahead of time to do this, once this setting is enabled by you). For example, without enabling this setting the pages in the menu will assign page 1 to the first page of the G-Book (the dust jacket or cover) instead of assigning it to the real page 1 (usually the first page of the story).

  4. Be sure to click OK to save your settings.

Now read your G-Book and just close Reader when you're done. Next time you open Reader you can select your G-Books from the Recent File list. Each book will open to the last page you viewed and each book's view settings (single page, two pages, etc.) will also be recalled.

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