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Some PDF files can specify how they are to be displayed when first opened. I know that you can override the layout and zoom under preferences in Adobe Reader, but there are two more display options I would like to be able to override that are not found under preferences.

Some PDF files cause the navigation bar and/or the bookmarks to appear on the left side of the reader, even though I have previously hidden the navigation bar and I don't like to use the bookmarks.

Is there any way to override these two additonal display options that are sometimes set by the maker of the PDF file?

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Not a direct answer but maybe try the freeware sumatra pdf (in my case I choose display 2 pages in options : default layout : "facing" and default zoom : "fit page") and it applies automatically to all pdf files. – Erb Jan 3 '13 at 18:21
@David: +1, was just about to recommend a better reader than that bloatware the OP uses. – Karan Jan 3 '13 at 18:22
I use Foxit Reader, but I'm working on modifying a Lite version of Adobe Reader that would use only the very basic display properties. I'd like to set it up so that no matter how the original poster of a PDF might want, the navigation bar and the bookmarks would not appear when the PDF is viewed. This is why I asked about Adobe, and not about the best reader for viewing PDFs. I can see why you might want to be suggesting other viewers. I would too. – darkrats Jan 4 '13 at 5:11

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