Acrobat: Back and Forward buttons

July 6, 2010

It seems that the back and forward navigation buttons that were in Acrobat 6.0 aren’t available in Acrobat 9.0. At least, they’re not on the toolbar and aren’t listed under the menus or in the Search under those names.

However, they’re there! You just have to know what to look for…

In Acrobat 9.0, the back and forward commands are called Previous View and Next View and are found under the View > Go to menu.

If you want them back on your toolbar, go to Tools > Customize Toolbars, then select the check boxes for Previous View and Next View (about halfway down the long list).


  1. Love this info! It’s exactly what I needed. I would have loved it more with a print view. For whatever reason, my copy of IE does not render this page well.

  2. I just checked the print preview views in IE8 and Firefox 3.6, and, while the fonts are basic, all the text and images display fine. There is a large white gap at the top of the page. All the sidebar stuff is below the comments, so you can easily ignore those pages for printing.

  3. […] Consider HOW a reader will approach a x-ref. In print, they have to flick the pages to find the supporting information, but in online (PDF) they only need to click the link to go to the relevant part to read the information, then can click back to return to where they were. Clicking a link is a simple process for the reader, though going back in a PDF is not quite as straightforward. (See my blog post about this from 2010: https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/acrobat-back-and-forward-buttons/) […]

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