Keyboard shortcuts within PDF-xChange Editor

Morgan Little - Systems Administrator

by Morgan Little
September 2020

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The ability to edit PDF (portable document format) files is a must for many businesses! The most well-known software for editing PDF files is Adobe Acrobat Standard/Pro, but this software is priced at a premium and has limited automated installation options. Instead, we have found the Tracker Software’s PDF-xChange Editor Plus is a great alternative for many of our clients. Since many of our clients have made the switch, we wanted to focus this article on some keyboard shortcuts within PDF-xChange Editor. These keyboard shortcuts are similar to the ones for Microsoft Office which we talked about in a previous article. The table below lists some common key combinations that can be used within PDF-xChange Editor on Windows. If you are using a Mac, these will not be an option for you.

Action

Details

Keystrokes

Actual Size

Set the zoom level to 100% and show document pages at their actual size.

Ctrl+1

Add Bookmark

Create a new bookmark that points to the current page.

Ctrl+Shift+B

Align Text Left

Align text to the left.

Ctrl+L

Align Text Right

Align text to the right.

Ctrl+R

Auto-Scroll

Enable/Disable the auto-scroll feature.

Ctrl+Shift+H

Back

Navigate Backward.

Alt+Left

Center Text

Center selected text.

Ctrl+E

Close

Close the active document.

Ctrl+W

Contents

Launch online manual.

F1

Create New Document

Create a new, blank document.

Ctrl+N

Delete Pages

Delete pages from the active document.

Ctrl+Shift+D

Document Info Bar

Show/Hide the Document Info Bar.

Ctrl+Alt+I

Edit Form

Edit/create form fields.

Ctrl+Shift+7

Enable Snapping

Enable the snapping feature.

Ctrl+Shift+;

Exit

Exit the application.

Ctrl+Q

Find

Find text in the active document.

Ctrl+F

First Page

Move to the first page of the document.

Home

Fit Page

Fit the active page(s) to the document window.

Ctrl+0

Full Screen Mode

View document in full screen.

F11

Go to Page

Move to specific page of the active document.

Ctrl+Shift+N

Menu Toolbar

Show/Hide the Menu Toolbar. Note that this toolbar is visible only in the Classic UI layout and not present in the Ribbon UI.

F9

Next Document

Move to the next open document.

Ctrl+Tab

Next Page

Move to the next page of the active document.

Ctrl+Right

Open

Open an existing document.

Ctrl+O

Previous Document

Move to the previous document.

Ctrl+Shift+Tab

Redo

Reverse the most recent undo action.

Ctrl+Y

Reopen Recently Closed Document

Reopen closed documents.

Ctrl+Shift+W

Rotate Counterclockwise

Rotate the current view counterclockwise. Please note that this feature is intended for viewing purposes - the original document is not modified.

Ctrl+Shift+"Num-"

Rotate Clockwise

Rotate the current view clockwise. Please note that this feature is intended for viewing purposes - the original document is not modified.

Ctrl+Shift+"Num+"

Rotate Pages

Rotate pages of the active document.

Ctrl+Shift+R

Save

Save the active document.

Ctrl+S

Save As

Save the active document with a new name/location.

Ctrl+Shift+S

Search Pane

Show/Hide the Search pane.

Ctrl+Alt+F

Show Guides

Show/Hide guides to assist in content placement. Click and drag from rulers (see Show Rulers, below) to create guides.  

Ctrl+;

Show Rulers

Show/Hide rulers. These can be used to determine the size of document content. The units of measurement for the rulers can be determined in the Measurement section of the Preferences dialog box.

Ctrl+R

Spell Check

Activate the Spell Check feature and move to the first misspelling.

F7

Undo

Undo the most recent action.

Ctrl+Z

Zoom In

Zoom in on the page.

Ctrl+"Num+"

Zoom Out

Zoom out from the page.

Ctrl+"Num-"

Zoom To

Zoom to a custom level.

Ctrl+Shift+M

Are you still looking for more tricks to use in PDF-xChange Editor?  Tracker Software has a fantastic online manual with a convenient search and helpful how to articles. To get to the Online Manual, open PDF-xChange editor and select F1 or you can click this link: https://help.tracker-software.com/pdfxe8/.

 

Sources:

https://help.tracker-software.com/pdfxe8/

Hopefully this article has provided you with the knowledge on how you can to use the taskbar to your advantage, helping you be more productive through your day. 

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