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Help: Sidebar

The Sidebar appears on the left side of your document. There are two ways to show or hide the Sidebar:

  • Click the Sidebar button sidebar button in the toolbar and select any option except Hidden.
  • Choose View > Show Sidebar (Command+Shift+D).

Sidebar Display Options

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Hidden sidebar
Hide the sidebar for a simpler viewing experience. Click any other option in the Sidebar menu to reveal it again.


View the pages of your document in thumbnail form. Click on a thumbnail to navigate to that page. Use the slider at the bottom of the sidebar to change the thumbnail size. (See View Options) For other thumbnail uses, such as reordering pages and combining documents, see Working With PDF Documents.

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Table of Contents
View and navigate a Table of Contents. Alternately, go to View > Table of Contents. Skip to a page by clicking on an entry. A visual indicator notes the current location. Right-click, or Control-click, to use the context menu to expand or collapse the entries.
(See Creating and Editing a Table of Contents). Bookmarks are listed at the top of the Table of Contents in the Sidebar. (See Bookmarks). In PDFpenPro, use the action button action button at the bottom of the sidebar to create and edit a Table of Contents. Alternately, go to Edit > Table of Contents for a list of Table of Contents editing shortcuts. (See Creating A Table of Contents)


Click to reveal a list of annotations made to the document. Annotations include objects such as comments, scribbles, highlights, and other items. Click on an entry to navigate to it, and double-click to select it. Use the Show menu at the bottom to filter which types of annotations appear in the sidebar. To add your own annotations see Adding Comments and Notes.


Attach a file to your PDF. See Attachments.

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Form Fields
View a list of all form fields. Drag to re-order and set a new tab order. See Edting the Tab Order.

Single Page
A single page is on view at a time.

Facing Pages
Pages are viewed in facing page pairs, as in a book. The cover page can be viewed in a pair or alone; see General Preferences.

Continuous view
Scroll through the pages of your document instead of paging through one page at a time.

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