The Reader app helps you open and view PDF, XPS, and TIFF files. Reader lets you search for words or phrases, take notes, fill in forms, and print or share documents. Here are answers to the most common questions about Reader.
If you try to open a PDF, XPS, or TIFF file, it usually opens in Reader automatically. If that doesn't happen, you can set Reader as the default app for those types of files. (You can learn how to do that in the next section.)
If Reader is already open and you want to open a file, here's how:
Tap or click Browse.
Browse to the folder or location where the file is stored.
Tap or click the file to select it, and then tap or click Open.
Reader can only have five files open at once. If you already have five files open and then open another one, Reader will close one of the other files. If you've made changes to the file that Reader wants to close, you'll be prompted to save those changes.
Open the first file.
If the file you want to open appears in the list of recently opened files, tap or click it. Otherwise, tap or click Browse, go to the folder or location where the file is stored, tap or click the file you want to open, and then tap or click Open.
To switch between open files, swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click within the file, and then tap or click the thumbnail of the file you want to switch to.
To see two files on the screen at the same time, open both files and then swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click within one of the files. Press and hold or right-click the thumbnail of the other file, and then tap or click Open in a new window. The files are displayed side by side.
If PDF, XPS, or TIFF files are opening in another app, you can tell Windows to use Reader instead. Here's how:
Tap or click Change PC settings.
Tap or click Search and apps, and then tap or click Defaults.
Tap or click Choose default apps by file type (you might need to scroll down to the bottom of the screen to see this option).
Under Name, scroll down until you see .pdf.
Tap or click the name of the app that appears to the right of .pdf, and then under Choose an app, tap or click Reader.
Repeat this for each type of file that you want to open in Reader (for example, .oxps, .xps, or .tiff).
Swipe in from the bottom edge to see the app commands.(If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)
Tap or click the file you want to switch to.
Do one of the following:
Using your fingers, pinch the screen to display thumbnails of each page. (If you're using a keyboard, press Ctrl+Minus Sign (‑) until you see thumbnails of each page.) Then tap or click the page you want to go to.
Tap or click the page number if it is displayed in the upper-left corner (or press Ctrl+G), and then enter the number of the page you want to go to.
Using your fingers, stretch or pinch the screen until the file is the size you want. (If you're using a keyboard, press Ctrl+Plus Sign (+) to zoom in or Ctrl+Minus Sign (‑) to zoom out.)
You can change the way that Reader displays the document you're reading. This is useful if you want to change the number of pages displayed on the screen at once, or to switch between scrolling horizontally and scrolling vertically. You can change the reading layout of the current document or set the default reading layout so that documents you open in the future are displayed as you prefer.
To display two pages at a time (and scroll horizontally), tap or click Two pages.
To display one page at a time (and scroll horizontally), tap or click One page.
To display one page at a time (and scroll vertically), tap or click Continuous.
Tap or click Options.
Under Default layout, tap or click the display option that you prefer.
Documents you open after setting this option will open in the layout you picked.
Tap the first word you want to highlight and then drag the selection handle to the end of the text you want to highlight. If you're adding a note, select the text that the note is about. (If you're using a mouse, drag over the text to select it.)
Tap or right-click within the selected text, and then tap or click Highlight or Add a note.
You can highlight text and add notes only if the author has granted permission to do so. To check this, swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click within the app, tap or click More, and then tap or click Info. Under Permissions, see if Add notes and highlight is selected. If it's not selected, you can't highlight text or add notes.
Tap the first word you want to copy and then drag the selection handle to the end of the text you want to copy. (If you're using a mouse, drag over the text to select it.)
Tap or right-click within the selected text, and then tap or click Copy.
Tap or click Save.
Tap or click Save as, enter the filename you want to save the file as, and then tap or click Save.
Files are saved in Documents by default.
A thumbnail of each open document appears across the top of the screen.
Tap or click the × for each document you want to close.
Open a new document (replaces the document that is currently open, if there is one)
Open a document in a new tab
Ctrl+Plus Sign (+)
Ctrl+Minus Sign (‑)
Rotate document counterclockwise
Switch between reading layouts
Search for a word or phrase
Go to page
Save the document
Save the document under a different name
Close the document
Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+Shift+Tab
Switch between open documents