Running multiple instances of Acrobat

In my day-to-day work, I find I spend a fair amount of time cross-referencing multiple PDF documents. While the tiling functions (In Acrobat, ‘Window > Tile’) can be quite sufficient in some cases, I find that I prefer the flexibility of running multiple instances of Acrobat itself with my dual monitor setup. This way I can keep several documents open concurrently, side-by-side, and it allows me to customize toolbars and the like based on what I plan to do with each document.

Whilst this was possible with Acrobat 5.X, it was quite unstable in my experience. Acrobat 6.0 on the other hand I have found to be far more reliable. It should also be said that this is just a little trick that I’ve picked up, and as late-night Infomercial hosts are fond of saying, ‘Individual results may vary’.

For those preferring to view multiple documents through a single instance of Acrobat, it is also possible to rapidly switch between open PDFs in Acrobat by hitting Ctrl-Tab.

Anyway, in order to open your multiple instances of Acrobat in windows:

  1. Open Acrobat normally
  2. Click ‘Start > Run’ and type ‘acrobat /n’
  3. That’s it!

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