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I am having to read through a MASSIVE (1000+ page) PDF specification in Adobe Reader X (version 10). It has always bugged me that if you scroll to the edge of a page, the Reader automatically jumps to the top of the next page.

Is there a way to cut this functionality off so when I reach the bottom of one page, the edge of the page meets the top of the next page and I can see a half-page of both the last and next page?

I know that MS Word can and does behave this way. Can I change a setting to scroll the document in this manner in Adobe Reader?

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For Adobe Reader 9:

Go to View » Page Display and check the option Single Page Continuous.

They see me scrollin', they hatin'

For Adobe Reader X:

Go to View » Page Display and check the option Enable Scrolling (this is only a one-time fix and will be reset the next time you open Adobe).

If you want to make this the default behavior, do:

Edit » Preferences » Accessibility » Always use Page Layout Style. Check Single Page Continuous.

Thanks to user Lilly below for the default behavior tip.

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This setting is initialized from the PDF file. You'll rapidly become accustomed to doing this every time you open the offending document... At least in Reader X there is a toolbar button whose tool tip reads "Fit to window width and enable scrolling" located to the right of center of the tool bar items that does what it says on the tin. – RBerteig Aug 17 '11 at 0:53

Everything they said was fine but when you close and open Adobe Reader again, it goes back to single page viewing and that's annoying.

It's better to make it the default by doing this:

Edit » Preferences » Accessibility » Always use Page Layout Style. Check Single Page Continuous.

This helped me much more than having to keep switching it.

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This is the real gem amongst these answers. Other methods of setting the default view, such as suggested by @sblair don't work. – Amr Bekhit Nov 6 '12 at 9:31
love it. Make it default is my fav choice. – Dio Phung Feb 9 '14 at 10:46

For continous scrolling on full screen perform the following steps:

  • Go Fullscreen: CtrlL

  • Enable AutoScroll: CtrlShiftH

  • Disable AutoScroll: CtrlShiftH

Now you can scroll with the normal arrow keys.

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This is only the solution that solved my problem. Thanks – CroCo Oct 27 '14 at 20:17
I was actually looking exactly for autoscroll in fullscreen, thanks for noting this... – sdaau Jun 18 '15 at 2:38
Still works as of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 15/2015. Still entirely unobvious :) – genpfault Aug 8 '15 at 5:57

You need to enable scrolling. In Adobe Reader X, there might be a button for this on the toolbar. If it's not there, you can choose to show the button by right clicking on the toolbar and selecting Enable Scrolling from the Page Display option.

You can make this the default view from Edit > Preferences... > Page Display > Page Layout. Set this to Single Page Continuous.

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  1. View » Page Display » Enable Scrolling

  2. CtrlL for full screen. This will change the cursor to the "hand" and the keyboard arrows will now scroll partial pages.

  3. Esc – This gets out of full screen mode. The "hand" cursor and partial page scroll is still available.

  4. Esc – This changes the cursor to the "I" bar and resumes the default scrolling.

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In Adobe Reader open the View menu and in the Page Display sub-menu choose Single Page Continuous.

Alternatively, you can use you keyboard by pressing the below keys in the displayed order:

alt, V, P, C

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The only way to make the scrolling choice permanent is from the Edit/Accessibility option. Edit/Preferences is not working. Can someone in Adobe fix this ?

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I'm curious. Isn't this the same answer as Lillys? Correct me if I'm wrong – nixda Jan 4 '13 at 19:19

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