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I would like to see simultaneously pages in the beginning of the document and at the end. I can do that by opening the same document on different windows. But when I try to do so, the first instance opens and I can't open a second one. I'll will install a second PDF visualizer to do it, but I wonder if I could do something that didn't require such extreme measure.

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Isn't this answer way better than the currently accepted one? – Roney Michael Aug 8 '13 at 5:45
up vote 44 down vote accepted

Just go to the upper menu and click "Window">"New Window".


Then you'll have two instances of one document opened in separate windows.

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You could make a (temporary) copy of the PDF in question, with a different name, and then open them both in Adobe Reader.

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Yeah, you can do this with Adobe Acrobat, but sadly, not Reader. I'd go ahead and download Foxit anyways. Or CutePDF.

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Or Google Chrome. :) – grawity Jul 24 '11 at 20:40
Or SumatraPDF or any other listed in – Jader Dias Jul 24 '11 at 21:12
The New Window option worked for me in Reader X. – Rich Shealer Jan 18 '13 at 13:54

I'm using Ubuntu Linux 13.04.  File -> Open a new copy or Ctrl+N opens a new instance of the same PDF file. This is helpful when you are answering chapter end Q&A so you don't have to go back and forth.

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Ctrl+N is just the keyboard shortcut for Window -> New Window, right? – Scott May 28 '13 at 15:46
Are we still talking about Adobe Reader here? – Roney Michael Aug 8 '13 at 5:46

In Reader 20145.010.20060 you can simple drag and drop from the tab in the Reader window and another window will appear

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Start the second Acrobat Reader instance, then in the second instance open the same document using menu "File".

To start the second instance make a copy of Acrobat Reader shortcut, open properties of copied shortcut, choose "Shortcut" tab and add " /n" at the end of Target field. For example, if original Target field value is:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe"

modified value must be:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" /n

Every time modified shortcut is started a new independent Acrobat Reader instance is created.

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