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Acrobat Keyboard Shortcuts

How to Apply Acrobat Keyboard Shortcuts in Acrobat XI

            You can use Acrobat keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Acrobat XI to perform commands. Acrobat keyboard shortcuts in Acrobat XI appear in the Menu Bar to the right of the specific command to which they correspond. For example, if you click the “Edit” command in the Menu Bar, you can see the Acrobat keyboard shortcut for the “Copy” command, which is “Ctrl+C” on the keyboard. You can then click away from the Menu Bar drop-down menu to retract it. Next, select the content to copy within the PDF, hold down the “Ctrl” key on the keyboard, and then strike the “C” key on the keyboard to copy the selected content. If your goal is to become faster using Acrobat, learning the Acrobat keyboard shortcuts will assist you.

            Notice that not every command in the Menu Bar has a corresponding Acrobat keyboard shortcut. However, there is a keystroke combination you can perform to access every command. If you press the “Alt” key on your keyboard and then examine the Menu Bar, you will see that each command category (like “File” or “Edit”) has a single underlined letter- for example the “F” in “File,” and the “V” in the “View” command. If you hold down the “Alt” key on your keyboard and strike the underlined letter for the corresponding command category on your keyboard, you will see its drop-down menu appear. At that point if you examine the sub-commands in the drop-down menu, you’ll notice that each one of the subcommands also has a single letter underlined. At this point, you no longer have to hold down the “Alt” key, you can just strike the key on your keyboard that corresponds to the underlined letter of the subcommand that you would like to execute. You will find that every command has an Acrobat keyboard shortcut if you follow this method!

Important Note on Acrobat Keyboard Shortcuts in Acrobat XI

            To enable single-key Acrobat keyboard shortcuts in Acrobat XI, select “Edit| Preferences…” from the Menu Bar to open the “Preferences” dialog box. Select the “General” category, and then check the “Use single-key accelerators to access tools” checkbox. Then click the “OK” button in the “Preferences” dialog box.

A picture of one of the pages of Acrobat keyboard shortcuts contained in the manuals in the product "Mastering Acrobat Made Easy v.XI" by TeachUcomp, Inc.

            Below is a listing of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts in Acrobat XI. This material is also contained within the manuals in our course titled “Mastering Acrobat Made Easy v.XI.”

Tool Selection Shortcuts Acrobat Keyboard Shortcut Key
Hand Tool H
Temporarily select Hand Tool Spacebar
Select Tool V
Marquee Zoom Tool Z
Cycle though the Zoom Tools (Marquee Zoom, Dynamic Zoom, Loupe Tool) Shift + Z
Temporarily select Dynamic Zoom Tool when Marquee Zoom Tool is selected Shift
Temporarily zoom out when Marquee Zoom Tool is selected Ctrl (Win) or Option (Mac)
Temporarily select Zoom In Tool Ctrl + Spacebar (Win) or Spacebar + Command (Mac)
Select Object Tool R
Edit Object Tool O
Enter and Exit Forms Editing Mode A
Crop Tool C
Link Tool L
Text Field Tool F
Cycle through the tools in Forms Authoring Mode (Text Field, Check Box, Radio Buttons, List Box, Dropdown Box, Button, Digital Signature, Barcode) Shift + F
3D Tool M
Cycle through the multimedia tools (Flash, Video) Shift + M
Edit Document Text Tool T
Redaction Y
Cycle though the Touch Up Tools (Touch Up Text, Touch Up Reading Order, Touch Up Object) Shift + T
JavaScript Debugger Ctrl + J (Win) or Command + J (Mac)
Insert Files Ctrl + Shift + I (Win only)
Delete Pages Ctrl + Shift + D (Win only)
Open Output Preview ~ (tilde)
Touch Up Reading Order Tool (or return focus to dialog box, if already selected) Shift + Ctrl + U (Win) or Shift + Command + U (Mac

 

Comments Shortcuts Acrobat Keyboard Shortcut Key
Sticky Note Tool S
Text Edits Tool E
Stamp Tool K
Current Highlighting Tool U
Cycle though highlighting tools (Highlighter, Underline Text, Cross Out Text) Shift + U
Current drawing markup tool D
Cycle through drawing markup tools (Cloud, Arrow, Line, Rectangle, Oval, Polygon Line, Polygon, Pencil Tool, Eraser tool) Shift + D
Cloud Tool Q
Text Box Tool X
Current Stamp or Attach Tool J
Cycle though Stamp, Attach File, Record Audio Comment Shift + J
Move focus to next comment or form field Tab
Move focus to previous comment or form field Shift + Tab
Open pop-up note (or text field in Comments List panel) for currently selected comment Enter (Win) or Return (Mac)
Close pop-up (or text field in Comments List panel) for currently selected comment Esc
PDF Navigation Shortcuts Key
Previous Screen Page Up or Shift + Enter (Win) or Shift + Return (Mac)
Next Screen Page Down or Enter (Win) or Return (Mac)
First page Home or Shift + Ctrl + Page Up (Win) or Shift + Ctrl + Up Arrow Key (Win) or Shift + Command + Up Arrow Key (Mac)
Last Page End or Shift + Ctrl + Page Down (Win) or Shift + Ctrl + Down Arrow Key (Win) or Shift + Command + Down Arrow Key (Mac)
Previous Page Left Arrow Key or Ctrl + Page Up (Win) or Command + Page Up (Mac)
Next Page Right Arrow Key or Ctrl + Page Down (Win) or Command + Page Down (Mac)
Previous Open Document Ctrl + F6 (Win) or Command + F6 (Mac)
Next Open Document Shift + Ctrl + F6 (Win) or Shift + Command + F6 (Mac)
Scroll Up Up Arrow Key
Scroll Down Down Arrow Key
Scroll (when Hand Tool is selected) Spacebar
Zoom In Ctrl + = (Win) or Command + = (Mac)
Zoom Out Ctrl + – (Win) or Command + – (Mac)

 

PDF Portfolio Shortcuts (available for the files list of the Details pane) Acrobat Keyboard Shortcut Key
Move forward or backward between the current column header selected for sorting, the current row with the focus, and the Go Back button if in a folder Tab or Shift + Tab
Move focus to the next or previous row when in the body of the file list on the left Up Arrow Key or Down Arrow Key
Selects the next or previous column header for sorting Left Arrow Key or Right Arrow Key
If pressed in the body of the file list, navigate one level up from within a folder Backspace (Win) or Delete (Mac)
Press the Go Back button in a folder if focus is on the button. Enter or Spacebar
If pressed when focus is on a row in the file list representing a subfolder, navigate to a subfolder, or open an attachment in Preview mode. Enter
If in the body of the file list, move to the first or last row Home or End
If in the body of the file list, move to the next or last set of rows to fit the screen Page Down or Page Up
Select or deselect all files Ctrl + A (Win) or Command + A (Mac) or Shift + Ctrl + A (Win) or Shift + Command + A (Mac)
If in the body of the file list, extend the selection by adding the next row above or below the selected row Shift + Up Arrow Key or Shift + Down Arrow Key
Change whether the row with focus is in the selection Ctrl + Spacebar (Win) or Command + Spacebar (Mac)
Move focus up or down one row without changing the selection Ctrl + Up Arrow Key (Win) or Command + Up Arrow Key (Mac) or Ctrl + Down Arrow Key (Win) or Command + Down Arrow Key (Mac)
Reverse the sort order when focus is on a column header Spacebar

 

Task Pane Navigation Shortcuts Acrobat Keyboard Shortcut Key
Move focus to the next item among Document Pane, Task Panes, Message Bar, and Navigation Bar F6
Move focus to the previous item among Document Pane, Task Panes, Message Bar, and Navigation Bar Shift + F6
Move focus to the next panel in the Task Pane Ctrl + Tab (Win) or Command + Tab (Mac)
Move focus to the previous panel in the Task Pane Ctrl + Shift + Tab (Win) or Command + Shift + Tab (Mac)
Navigate to the next panel and panel control within an open Task Pane Tab
Navigate to the previous panel and panel control within an open Task Pane Shift + Tab
Navigate to the next command button within a panel Down Arrow Key
Navigate to the previous command button within a panel Up Arrow Key
Expand or collapse panel in focus (press F6 to move focus to Tools pane, then tab to desired panel) Spacebar or Enter and Left Arrow Key or Right Arrow Key
Open or Close the Task Pane Shift + F4
Close the pane that lists the tasks of an Action Ctrl + Shift + F4
Open the menu and move the focus to the first menu option when focus is on a command with a submenu or submenu element with a side menu Spacebar or Enter
Move the focus back to the parent command button with a submenu or submenu element with a side menu Esc
Run the command in focus Spacebar or Enter
Navigate to the next item in the active panel in the Create New Action, Edit Action, Create New Tool Set, or the Edit Tool Set dialog boxes Tab
Navigate to the previous item in the active panel in the Create New Action, Edit Action, Create New Tool Set, and the Edit Tool Set dialog boxes Shift + Tab

 

General Navigation Shortcuts Acrobat Keyboard Shortcut Key
Move focus to menus F10 (Win) or Ctrl + F2 (Mac)
Move focus to toolbar in browser and application Shift + F8
Move to next open document (when focus is on document pane) Ctrl + F6 (Win) or Command + F6 (Mac)
Move to previous open document (when focus is on document pane) Ctrl + Shift + F6 (Win) or Command + Shift + F6 (Mac)
Close current document Ctrl + F4 (Win) or Command + F4 (Mac)
Close all open documents Command + Option + W (Mac)
Move focus to next comment, link, or form field in the document pane Tab
Move focus to document pane F5
Move focus to previous comment, link, or form field in the document pane Shift + Tab
Activate selected tool, item (such as a movie clip or bookmark), or command Spacebar + Enter (Win) or Spacebar + Return (Mac)
Open context menu Shift + F10 (Win) or Control + click (Mac)
Close context menu F10 (Win) or Esc (Mac)
Return to Hand tool or Select tool Esc
Move focus to next tab in a tabbed dialog box Ctrl + Tab (Win)
Move to previous search result and highlight it in the document Shift + F3 (Win)
Move to next search result and highlight it in the document F3
Search previous document (with Search results displaying multiple files) Alt + Shift + Left Arrow Key (Win) or Command + Shift + Left Arrow Key (Mac)
Search next document (with Search results displaying multiple files) Alt + Shift + Right Arrow Key (Win) or Command + Shift + Right Arrow Key (Mac)
Select text (with Select tool selected) Arrow keys
Select next word or deselect previous word (with Select tool selected) Shift + Ctrl + Left Arrow Key or Right Arrow Key

 

Navigation Pane Shortcuts Acrobat Keyboard Shortcut Key
Open and move focus to navigation pane Ctrl + Sift + F5 (Win) or Command + Shift + F5 (Mac)
Move focus among the Document, Message Bar, and Navigation Panels F6
Move focus to previous pane or panel Shift + F6
Move among the elements of the active navigation panel Tab
Move to previous or next navigation panel and make it active (when focus is on the panel button) Up Arrow Key or Down Arrow Key
Move to next navigation panel and make it active (when focus is anywhere in the navigation pane) Ctrl + Tab (Win)
Expand the current bookmark (focus on Bookmarks panel) Right Arrow Key or Shift + + (plus sign)
Collapse the current bookmark (focus on Bookmarks panel) Left Arrow Key or -(minus sign)
Expand all bookmarks Shift + * (asterisk)
Collapse selected bookmark / (forward slash)
Move focus to next item in a navigation panel Down Arrow Key
Move focus to previous item in a navigation panel Up Arrow Key
Help Window Shortcuts Key
Open Help Window F1 or Command + ? (Mac)
Close Help Window Ctrl + W (Win) or Command + W (Mac) or Alt + F4 (Win)
Move back to previously opened topic Alt + Left Arrow Key (Win) or Command + Left Arrow Key (Mac)
Move forward to next topic Alt + Right Arrow Key (Win) or Command + Right Arrow Key (Mac)
Move to next pane Ctrl + Tab (Win)
Move to previous pane Shit + Ctrl + Tab (Win)
Move focus to the next link within a pane Tab (Win)
Move focus to the previous link within a pane Shift + Tab (Win)
Activate highlighted link Enter (Win)
Print Help topic Ctrl + P (Win) or Command + P (Mac)

 

Accessibility Shortcuts Acrobat Keyboard Shortcut Key
Change reading settings for the current document Shift + Ctrl + 5 (Win) or Shift + Command + 5 (Mac)
Reflow a tagged PDF, and return to un-reflowed view Ctrl + 4 (Win) or Command + 4 (Mac)
Activate and deactivate Read Out Loud Shift + Ctrl + Y (Win) or Shift + Command + Y (Mac)
Read only the current page out loud Shift + Ctrl + V (Win) or Shift + Command + V (Mac)
Read out loud from the current page to the end of the document Shift + Ctrl + B (Win) or Shift + Command + B (Mac)
Pause reading out loud Shift + Ctrl + C (Win) or Shift + Command + C (Mac)
Stop reading out loud Shift + Ctrl + E (Win) or Shift + Command + E (Mac)
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