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Note: This FAQ is primarily intended for users of versions of Stata before Stata 15. All users of Stata 15 or later should read the PDF documentation tips for Stata.

What are the recommended Adobe Reader 11 settings for Stata documentation?

Title   Recommended Adobe Reader 11 settings for Stata documentation
Author Stata Press

Please first read our tips for viewing Stata's PDF documentation. There we discuss the PDF viewers we recommend along with configuration tips. One of the PDF viewers you could choose is Adobe Reader. Tips for the latest version of Adobe Reader as well as other non-Adobe PDF viewers are on the above page. If you are instead using the older Adobe Reader 11, read the rest of this page.

Adobe Reader 11 has some tools that we find useful when reading the Stata documentation. However, these tools are not enabled by default.

To enable these tools, right-click in Adobe Reader's toolbar and make sure the following are checked:

  • Under "Page Display Toolbar",
    • Single Page Continuous
    • Single Page

  • Under "Page Navigation Toolbar",
    • Previous View
    • Next View

  • Under "Select & Zoom Toolbar",
    • Fit Page

Single Page Continuous and Single Page let you easily change your viewing mode between continuous scrolling and jumping a page at a time like a real printed manual. StataCorp staff are evenly divided about which is better; you should try both and decide for yourself.

Previous View and Next View work much like the Back and Forward buttons in a web browser. After you click on a link in Stata's PDF documentation, you can click on the Previous View button in Adobe Reader to return to your previous location.

Fit Page provides you with a quick way to set Adobe Reader's zoom level to fit a single page in the window's viewable area. We often click on this button first immediately after opening the PDF documentation.

Special note for Stata for Mac and Stata for Unix users:

Adobe Reader 11 has a limitation on Mac and Unix: when Stata tries to tell Reader to go to a particular page in a manual, if that manual is already open in Adobe Reader, then Reader will refuse to change the page. For this reason, on Mac and Unix systems, we recommend closing Adobe Reader after you are through reading a particular page or section before returning to your Stata session. Then, the next time you ask Stata to open a particular manual entry, Adobe Reader will comply with Stata's request.

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