Do you know any PDF reader which remembers the last page for each document?

The usage scenario should be something like this:

  • A new PDF file is loaded into the reader
  • The PDF file is opened on page 0
  • Reading, reading, reading ... Reading finished at page 37.
  • Reader closed ...
  • The same PDF file is loaded into the reader
  • The PDF File is opened on page 37

I don't need multiple bookmarks. Just one is enough. Any tips?


7 Answers 7


Acrobat Reader

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    doesn't work for some odd reason Commented Feb 17, 2021 at 10:31
  • Does not work for me either.
    – Sam Hobbs
    Commented Jun 17, 2023 at 21:55
  • It used to work just fine, but seems to be broken at the moment. Switching to another PDF reader might be your best option, as Adobe is notorious for ignoring wishes and complaints by customers (have a quick look at their forums if you don't believe me). Commented Nov 1, 2023 at 9:07

Foxit Reader does that and it's free!

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  • The page gets saved for a little while only, if i open the book some months later, it forgets the page. Any tips on that?
    – Red Banana
    Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 4:00
  • Maybe by increasing the maximum number of documents in the history list?
    – Snark
    Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 7:26

Evince does that...it's for Linux, but hey you never said anything about the OS: ;)

  • Unfortunately in depends. If evince is compiled without gvfs-support it does not remembers the history or last opened page. Commented Dec 30, 2017 at 10:04

PDF-Xchange Viewer does just that (and not only for the last opened document, but all documents). In addition you can create your own bookmarks.

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PDF-Xchange Viewer is freeware and a portable version is available.


Sumatra does that to all PDF files by default.

Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) reader for Windows.


Since no OS is mentioned: Preview on Mac OS X does it by default.



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