Full Screen Mode - PDF Annotator Manual

Full Screen Mode

In Full Screen Mode, window titles, borders, menus and toolbars - except the unique, fully customizable full screen toolbar - are removed, so that the document takes up the entire screen. Use Full Screen Mode to present PDF documents in class or meetings, or for a distraction free, full screen work environment.

Entering and Exiting Full Screen Mode

To enter Full Screen Mode, choose View Full Screen.

You can leave Full Screen Mode either by pressing the ESC button, or by clicking the red menu button (the first button on the Full Screen toolbar) and choosing Exit Full Screen.

The Full Screen Mode Toolbar

When in Full Screen Mode, instead of the usual menus and toolbars, PDF Annotator displays a single toolbar, the Full Screen Toolbar. This toolbar can be customized in various ways. You can even hide this toolbar to make full use of your whole screen.

Customize Toolbar Appearance

Go to Extras Settings Display Full Screen to access the Full Screen settings. If already in Full Screen Mode, right click (or long tap) the Customize button (the button with the gear icon, the last button on the toolbar) and select Settings.

Normally, the Full Screen Toolbar is always visible on the left side of the screen (or on top of the screen, if you hold your device in portrait mode). You can change this Position for each mode (Landscape Screen or Portrait Screen) separately.

If you prefer to see nothing but the document in full screen mode, set the Show toolbar option to Never. You can also set this option to On Demand, so that the toolbar will by default be hidden, but a small flap will appear where the toolbar would go. Click that flap to bring up the toolbar. The toolbar will automatically hide again after a moment when you get back to working on your document.

The toolbar size depends on your screen capabilities (dpi). You can set a smaller or large Button size.

Additionally, you can hide the horizontal and vertical scrollbars by checking the Hide scrollbars option.

The Full Screen Menu

Clicking the red menu button (the first button on the Full Screen toolbar) opens the Full Screen Menu. Here you find the basic commands to open and save documents, and to exit Full Screen Mode.

Click Minimize to minimize the whole application and get access to the Windows taskbar or other applications. Click the PDF Annotator icon in the Windows taskbar to get back into Full Screen Mode.

On the right hand side of the menu, you will find a list of Open Documents. In case you opened multiple documents, you can use this list to switch between them. This is the equivalent to the document tabs in regular mode.

Another list gives you direct access to your Recently Used Documents.

Close the menu by clicking the menu button again, or clicking somewhere not within the menu.

Tool Buttons

Most of the buttons in the upper half of the Full Screen Toolbar are Tool Buttons. By default, these buttons are preset with tools like a black and red pen, two different markers, one transparent and one solid background text tool, and some stamps.

The idea is to customize these buttons, so you have exactly the tools you use most ready in Full Screen Mode.

To customize the tool buttons, click the Customize button (the button with the gear icon, the last button on the toolbar). All buttons that can be customized will slightly change their appearance. Click the tool button you want to change, and the Edit Tool window will appear next to it. Now, change the tool as you prefer, for example change the color or pen width, or switch to a totally different tool by using the tabs on top of the Edit Tool window.

You can move tool buttons up and down by clicking the Up and Down buttons on the bottom of the Edit Tool window. Click the Delete button to empty a button (empty buttons will appear as black spaces between the other buttons), or the Undo button to undo your changes.

You can configure up to 24 tool buttons. If your screen cannot display all buttons at once, you can scroll through them vertically. Either use the arrow buttons to scroll, or just pan the buttons with the finger (if you have a touch enabled device).

When done, click the Customize button again to exit customization mode, or click anywhere out of the toolbar to exit.

To quickly change the style or color of the current tool, click the tool button of the tool, which is already selected, once again.
This opens a pop-up with all major tool properties for the selected kind of tool. Selecting properties in the pop-up permanently changes the tool, just like by customizing it as described above. Click the Favorites icon on the bottom right of the pop-up to select a tool from your Favorites, and the gear icon to get back to the properties palette.

Action Buttons

All other buttons (most of them in the lower half of the toolbar) are Action Buttons. These buttons represent a command, like a Navigation command, or the Undo command, and some of them can be customized as well. Click the small button with the Up arrow to display those action buttons which are customizable.

To customize the action buttons, click the Customize button (the button with the gear icon, the last button on the toolbar). All buttons that can be customized will slightly change their appearance. Click the action button you want to change, and the Customize Command window will appear next to it. You can select from a list of commands, or search a specific command by typing into the search box above the list. Click the command you want the action button to perform, and you will see the button updating to the command you chose.

You can move action buttons up and down by clicking the Up and Down buttons on the bottom of the Customize Command window. Click the Delete button to empty a button (empty buttons will appear as black spaces between the other buttons), or the Undo button to undo your changes.

You can configure up to 16 action buttons. If your screen cannot display all buttons at once, you can scroll through them vertically. Either use the arrow buttons to scroll, or just pan the buttons with the finger (if you have a touch enabled device).

When done, click the Customize button again to exit customization mode, or click anywhere out of the toolbar to exit.

Page Previews and Bookmarks

Clicking on the button with the page number opens a sidebar containing small page previews to quickly move between pages. Click a page preview to jump to that page. Right click a page preview to open the same menu available in the Pages Sidebar in regular mode. Click the Bookmarks icon on top of the sidebar to access the document's bookmarks.

Find more navigation options by right clicking the page number button.

Save, Load or Reset the Toolbar Configuration

Right click (or long tap) the Customize button (the button with the gear icon, the last button on the toolbar) brings up another menu.

Select Reset to discard all your button customization, and return to factory defaults.

Select Save to save your customizations to a file, and Load to restore them. You can use these commands to switch between different setups, to move your settings to another computer, or to share them with someone else.