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I downloaded a large .pdf for a class, and it works perfectly, except that every time I scroll to a new page the zoom level changes to 64.8% (fit to page). I zoom in to 100% so that I can actually read it, but new pages always force it to revert back to the fit to page option.

This happens in Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, and Foxit Reader. I do have access to Acrobat X Pro if changes can be made in that program to fix the issue.

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Normally you should be able to override the document's settings in the reader. Is it like a PDF slideshow? Perhaps you can try other apps to see if they can do better at remembering your preferences. –  Karan Mar 30 '13 at 10:04
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The issue is that in the initial view settings for the PDF the zoom is specified as fit page. When you manually change the zoom level while viewing a page this zoom level will be maintained so long as the page size is the same page size as the previous page. If the page size changes, then the zoom level reverts back to fit page.

In your case it sounds like there are a number of different page sizes used in the PDF and so the zoom level settings keep on changing to compensate.

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