Using Thumbnails for Print Ranges

Did you know that you can use the thumbnails to determine a range of pages to print?

Display the Thumbnail Tab (Window>Show/Hide Thumbnails. To select non-contiguous pages (pages that arent next to each other) use the Control Key and select the Page Thumbnail (see Figure 1.1).

Figure 1.1

To select a range of pages, for example page 12 to 44, first click page 12 then hold down the SHIFT key and click Page 44, Acrobat will select pages 12 to 44.
To select multiple ranges (eg 12 to 44 and 78 to 90) highlight the first series then hold down the SHIFT Key and drag an area around the second series of thumbnails.

Now when you select ‘Print’ from the File Menu an otherwise disabled option ‘Selected pages’ will be selected, when you click print, Acrobat will only print the pages you selected (see Figure 1.2).

Figure 1.2

Note: Your ‘drag area’ should start in the dark grey background area behind the thumbnails, not over a thumbnail.

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