PDF Xchange Viewer is a great tool for those who prefer a more streamlined program, but still want all the same capabilities as the Adobe PDF Reader. Not only does PDF Xchange load much faster and the Adobe Reader, but it also beats out most alternative programs. This is because it still has the capabilities to edit, highlight and add notes to PDF documents. The best part is that it's quick and easy to learn how to use the PDF Xchange Viewer, so switching over will not cost you any extra time.
Download and install the newest version of the PDF Xchange viewer from Tracker Software (see Resources below).
Open documents by clicking the "Open" icon. The PDF Xchange viewer uses classic Windows icons, so you should be able to recognize the buttons instantly. The "Open" button is a folder with a green arrow. To open a recent document, use the pull-down menu tab on the "Open" folder.
Print documents either by clicking the "Print" button, which will automatically send the data to the default printer, or by clicking "Edit", and then "Print", which will bring up a printer settings window where you can click the "Print Now" button.
Navigate a document in one of four ways. Scroll between pages by using the scrollbar on the right-hand side of the screen. Move forward, backward or directly to the beginning or end of the document by using the green directional arrows at the bottom of the page. Type in the number of the page you wish to move to in the page navigation bar at the bottom center of the page. Alternatively, select "Page Preview" on the left-hand preview menu and the document will go directly to that page.
Search the document by clicking the binocular icon on the tool bar, or by selecting "Search" in the "Edit" menu. You can input just a word, a whole phrase or an entire sentence, and the PDF Xchange program will bring up a list of instances of your search parameters in a separate menu bar.
Use the note feature to add a virtual yellow sticky note to the document. Each sticky note is labeled with the name of the person who added the note, along with the date and time. To include a note in your document, simply click the icon on the toolbar that has the little yellow sticky note on it.
Transfer information from a PDF document into another document by using the snapshot tool. Highlight the elements you would like to copy, or simply take a snapshot of an entire page by clicking the camera icon in the upper toolbar, which then copies the selection to your clipboard. To transfer the document, simply paste the selection into the desired program.
Tips & Warnings
- Download the "portable" version instead of the full version of the software. It's the same great program with all the features, but the help files and user manual is not included. You can always download these separately if you find that you need them after all.