Adobe Reader is, as the name suggests, a program allowing you to read things. PDF files, of course. And since e-readers such as the Kindle arrived, we’ve all started to read more and more books and manuals online, or on screen, rather than on paper. It’s quicker, cheaper, and kinder to read.
When you put down a book, you mark your page in some way. So when you pick up the book again, you can carry on where you left off. There’s no need to scroll through all the pages in search of the last one you read. We used to call it a bookmark, but in our Web-based world that’s something different now.
And yet, in the case of Adobe Reader, a product which is clearly designed to allow us to read things, this facility simply isn’t there. When you open a PDF file, you’re back at the beginning. So as a way of allowing you to read a document or manual on your PC over the course of a few days or weeks, a couple of chapters at a time, the whole process becomes frustrating.
So here’s a Hot Find for today. And it’s neither a program nor a website. It’s a setting buried deep in Adobe Reader. Believe it or not, you can tell it to open PDFs at the page where you last finished reading. Only Adobe, for some stupid reason, has hidden it in the accessibility section. Do they really think that non-disabled people don’t need to be able to pick up reading where they left off?
Anyway, assuming you’re using the latest Adobe Reader X under Windows, here’s what to do. From the “Edit” menu, choose “Accessibility” and then “Setup Assistant”. Choose to configure the options yourself, and on the very last page you’ll see a checkbox that says “reopen documents to the last viewed page”. Select it and you’re done.
You can find the option in Adobe Reader 9 under “Preferences/Documents” (option is “Restore last view settings when reopening documents”).
Another tip: If you want to convert PDF to Word for editing, here is a free PDF to Word converter to have a try.