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Navigating G-Books® in Adobe Reader

These tips were prepared using Adobe Reader X, but the newer versions work similarly. You can also look for similar settings to maximize your reading experience in another program or app you might be using.

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)

    Most G-Books are set to open in "Fit Page" view, where the whole page fits from top to bottom, and many are set to the two page view shown above. But you can always change to the view you prefer.

  2. Then you can modify the settings you made in step 1 and hide Reader's menus for an even more natural book-reading experience (and a slightly large book display), using Reader's Full Screen Mode:

    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 (not all G-Books use bookmarks, but Pages thumbnails are always available). But if the text isn't big enough, hide the side pane:

    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 still too small to read comfortably in single page view, try fitting the just the page's width to the width of your display. You'll have to press PageDown or the spacebar more often while reading because the entire page won't fit, but you'll get the largest text this way:

    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.)

Navigation Tips

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

  1. To turn to the next page of your G-Book, tap the Page Down key; to turn back a page, tap Page Up (or swipe or tap the page itself on a tablet). Not easy enough? Then just press the Spacebar each time you want to turn to the next page (or screen of text if you're using Fit Width view).

  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.

What about page numbers?

Have you ever noticed your pdf file assigns page 1 to the very first page of your ebook, like the cover? Then when you get to the first page of the text, which might have the number 1 or 3 printed on the original book page, the page indicated in the pdf file might be something like page 11?? Then, if the book has an index and you look up a term there and it says to go page 135 and you enter 135 in Reader's navigation bar, you end up on printed page 145 and then you have to manually go back several pages to find the real page 135? Well, that can be fixed, at least with G-Books. The G-Books are page-numbered to match the original book's page numbering, such as roman numerals in the introductory pages and arabic numerals in the body of the book. BUT, you need to do one more thing (usually) in Reader or your other program:

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

  2. First, select the check mark next to Use Page Cache. This will speed up the display of your pages as you move around the book.

  3. Further down the dialog box select the check mark for Use Logical Page Numbers.

  4. Click OK to save your settings.

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.

How to I bookmark my page when I stop reading?

Good question. You can always add a bookmark and manually go back to that bookmark next time. But Reader has a global setting to make it automatic. Once you set it in Reader, it should work for every G-Book (or any pdf file) you open. Follow these steps in Adobe Reader, or look for a similar feature if you use another program or app:

  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.

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

That's it. Now read your G-Book and just close Reader when you're done. Next time you open Reader you can select your G-Book from the Recent Files 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. 

Click here to learn how to add notes and highlighting to your G-Book.