PDF Open Parameters

July 24, 2006 at 6:38 pm 18 comments

A couple of weeks ago, a customer asked me if it was possible to create a link that forces a PDF document to open in 100% zoom mode.  I told them I would look into but “I’m not optimistic.”  Turns out my instincts were WRONG!  Adobe provides a whole slew of Open Parameters for their PDFs– including one that allows you to specify the zoom level.  The full documentation for Adobe 7’s Open Parameters is below.

PDF Open Parameters – In Full Zoom

PDF Open Parameters – 50 Percent Zoom

Entry filed under: PDF, Web Development.

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18 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Spencer Black  |  October 16, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you very much for posting this. It was very helpful to me!

  • 2. James  |  November 27, 2008 at 10:46 am

    That’s pretty cool. I wonder if you can pass these parameters in some way on the desktop, for when users save the files locally…

  • 3. chriggy  |  November 28, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Batch file

  • 4. zangolo  |  May 5, 2009 at 1:52 pm


  • 5. shachar  |  November 30, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    thank you

  • 6. raju  |  February 26, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Can i open the pdf file with specific location in file, i mean i want to open one of the specific chapter from the table contents

  • 7. Betttina  |  April 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    thank you! this was so easy and useful!!!

  • 8. Tim  |  April 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Awesome! Exactly what I was looking for 🙂

  • 9. Ian  |  September 9, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Wow. This issue has been bugging me for YEARS! I hate having my clients open PDF files at full screen. Thanks so much for this!!

    • 10. Michael Mason  |  November 19, 2010 at 8:22 am

      Huh, great, thnx Ian :s
      I keep coming across businesses like yours where the customer is always wrong.
      I want to force all pdfs to open at 100% instead of 135%, 170%, 159.873333% but it seems that Adobe sides with the Ians of this world.
      Why would I want to see 11 lines of text when I could be shown 30?

  • 11. Chantal  |  May 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Bonjour.. je suis très contente car plusieurs de mes clients me posaient la question pour le 100%.

    Pourquoi donc cela ne fonctionne pas avec Firefox ? Est-ce le même code ? Mes pages refuses d’ouvrir …

    Merci pour votre réponse

    • 12. Christine Reed  |  January 19, 2012 at 6:49 am

      J’ai essaye et cela marche aussi tres bien avec Firefox (du moins avec la derniere version, Firefox 9.0.1). Peut-etre est-ce du a votre configuration?

      En tous cas, c’est un tres bon truc!

  • 13. Chris  |  December 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Thanks bud!

  • 14. Christine Reed  |  January 19, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this gem! The web is a much betterl place thanks to people like you!

  • 15. Joachim  |  February 27, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Thanks! Very helpfull 🙂

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