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We';re starting to go paperless and one tool I can see that I need is some sort of an on-screen ruler to scroll down through a pdf report. I have seen apps out there that do this but was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for one they have used.  I'm leary of installing from some random website for security reasons.

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Why do you need an on-screen ruler? When you are viewing the pdf can't you just slide the scrollbar? Or use the keyboard keys (PgUp, PgDn, Left-Arrow, Right-Arrow)? Or if the reader has a GOTO page number capability, use that? 

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If you are using full Adobe Acrobat, you can click on View / Show/Hide / Rulers and Grids/ Rulers.

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What I'm looking for is an actual line that will go across the screen that I can move up and down the screen.  We have landscape reports, where someone's name is on one side of the screen and their vesting years of service is on the other.  A ruler on the screen (just like a ruler on paper) would make it easier to follow rows all the way across.

The ruler feature in adobe doesn't go across the screen, and the grid-lines are not really lining up they way I want them to which would be too distracting.

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Oddly enough I had the same issue this morning!

The workaround:

Tools --> Accessibility (I had to hit the little icon in the upper right to get additional menus.

In accessibility, choose Measuring tool. Draw a line across the page and you can use the scroll wheel and the line will move up and down the page.  I'm still trying to get the nuances of it.

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BG - what version are you using? I can't get to the "Measuring tool" you refer to. But then, I'm what would politely be referred to as "challenged" when it comes to anything with my computer...

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17 hours ago, austin3515 said:

What I'm looking for is an actual line that will go across the screen that I can move up and down the screen.  We have landscape reports, where someone's name is on one side of the screen and their vesting years of service is on the other.  A ruler on the screen (just like a ruler on paper) would make it easier to follow rows all the way across.

The ruler feature in adobe doesn't go across the screen, and the grid-lines are not really lining up they way I want them to which would be too distracting.

In Acrobat (I use Acrobat Pro DC), turn on the rulers feature.  Move your cursor to the ruler on your left hand side and double click on the ruler.  This will produce a horizontal line on the screen that you can drag and move, sort of like an actual ruler on paper.  It is a little limited as you have to actually click and drag the line rather than just scroll or arrow down but it is the best workaround I have found.  Also, double clicking on the top ruler will produce a vertical line but I rarely have a use for that.

I hope that helps.

J

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So far my best option has been drawing a red rectangle box and using up and down arrows to move it around.  Only problem is that it moves relative slowly.  The ruler was clever but I absolutely despise clicking because it bothers my finger.

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Ok I found something that may work!  The measuring tool.

Go to Tools --> Review and Approve --> Measure

Click on the straight line measuring tool and click somewhere on the left side of the screen and then on the right side.  You now have a red horizontal line that will move up and down with the mouse without clicking!

 

 

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