When creating an e-book using Adobe Acrobat 8.2.1 on OS X 10.6.5, is there a way to make Adobe Acrobat (or Adobe Reader) display the pages as follows:

p2   p3
p4   p5

rather than:

p1   p2
p3   p4
p5   p6
  • @DanielF, please don't pursue anti-patterns. This question is not about PDF-XChange Viewer. Instead, please, for example, share your knowledge, Q&A style, and by all means link your question to this one so that SuperUser.com will show it as a linked question. Thanks.
    – user11574
    Jun 17, 2018 at 15:13

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I know that this was answered correctly by sampablokuper but I wanted to add a bit more detailed info (and I can't yet comment on this site) as to where it was as I have read that on 3 separate occasions and all 3 times I have had the "Page Display" tab open from the options looking for the "Show Cover Page During Two-Up" but it isn't in there it is only in the drop-down (see screenshot below). It may also be in the options somewhere but I can't find it.

Hope this helps anyone else who didn't read the answer correctly and thought it was in the options window's "Page Display" tab like me!

Adobe Reader dropdown


Ah, here's how:

View > Page Display > Show Cover Page During Two-Up


A combination of the other answers finally worked for me:


  1. Control + D
  2. Pull down Initial View
  3. Page layout: select Two-Up (Cover Page)


  1. Pull down View from top menu
  2. Click Page Display
  3. Select Two Page Scrolling AND Show Cover Page in Two Page View
  4. Save.

In Acrobat open the PDF document properties (Ctrl+D) and in the Initial view tab select Page Layout: Two-Up (Cover page). Then press OK and Save the file. That's it!



My clients prefer each spread to be one Acrobat page. To get the cover single width and the rest of the book as spreads, I export the PDF from InDesign twice. First just the document cover, then the rest of the pages with "Print as Spreads" checked. Then I use Acrobat to insert the cover at the beginning of the document.

  • That's not quite what I was getting at, but I've given you an upvote for a neat tip. Thanks!
    – user11574
    Feb 2, 2011 at 15:14

Hello guys I find a way to solve this issue. according to this path go to a documents pdf. file and follow: Ctrl+K, general, basic tools, (turn on combo box) of enable pdf thumbnail preview in windows explore. 100% gets Okay! ... let windows operation solve it a few minute. be happy.


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