Keyboard shortcuts

j/k, Up/Down  scroll up/down by line
space  scroll by screen
<Shift> + space  scroll back by screen
n/p  next/previous page
Page Down/Page Up  next/previous page
<Ctrl> + Down/<Ctrl> + Up  next/previous page
<Alt> + Left  go back
<Alt> + Right  go forward
<Ctrl> + G, g  go to page
Home  go to first page
End  go to last page
b  flip a page in book mode
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + Right  open next document in the directory
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + Left  open previous document in the directory
<Ctrl> + O  open a new document
<Ctrl> + W  close current document
<Ctrl> + S  save as
<Ctrl> + P  print
r  reload
<Ctrl> + F, /  find text
F3, <Shift> + F3  find next/previous
<Ctrl> + Q or q  quit program
<Ctrl> + Left Mouse  select text or image
Viewing state
+, -  zoom in/out
<Ctrl> + scroll wheel  zoom in/out
z  toggle zoom between Fit Page, Fit Width, Fit Content
c  toggle between continous/non-continous mode
<Ctrl> <Shift> -  rotate left
<Ctrl> <Shift> +  rotate right
F12  show/hide bookmarks (table of contents)
F6  switch focus between bookmarks window and main window
<Ctrl> + L or F11  enter presentation mode (minimal full screen mode)
<Ctrl> <Shift> + L  enter full screen mode
<Shift> + F11  enter full screen mode
ESC  exit full screen or presentation mode
.  in presentation mode, change background to black
w  in presentation mode, change background to white
i  show page information in full screen/presentation mode
F8  show/hide toolbar
F9  show/hide menu

Advanced settings

Since version 2.3, SumatraPDF can be heavily customized by editing settings file.

Command-line arguments

For most complete documentation, read this page.

Command-line arguments:

-page $pageno  open PDF at a given page
-named-dest $dest  open PDF at a specified named destination
-lang $language  set user interface language. $language is a two-letter language code e.g. "en", "de"
-restrict  run in restricted mode.
-reuse-instance  use existing Sumatra process instead of starting a new process
-presentation $file.pdf  opens a PDF file in presentation (full-screen) mode
-register-for-pdf  forces registering Sumatra as a default reader for PDF files and exits

Note: -esc-to-exit and -bg-color options change the defaults and persist them in sumatrapdfprefs.dat file (in %appdata%\SumatraPDF directory if installed, in the same directory as executable in portable mode). To revert back to defaults, you can delete sumatrapdfprefs.dat file.

Printing related cmd-line arguments:

-print-to-default $file.pdf  prints a PDF file on a default printer
-print-to $printer_name $file.pdf  prints a PDF on a given printer
-print-dialog $file.pdf  opens a PDF file and shows a print dialog to select printer and printing options
-exit-on-print  when -print-to-default or -print-to is used, will exit after printing

LaTeX preview support

Sumatra has built-in support for easy previewing of LaTeX documents. Read this page for more information and detailed instructions on how to configure various text editors to integrate with Sumatra's preview functionality.

Browser plugin

The "full installer" version includes a browser plugin for Firefox, Chrome and Opera (Internet Explorer is not supported). It's not installed by default so you have to use installer's options button to install it.

You might need to configure the browser too: enable Sumatra's PDF plugin and disable PDF plugin from other programs.


You need to disable PDF plugins from other programs (e.g. Adobe Reader or Foxit) if you have them installed. Use Tools/Add-ons menu. Switch to Plugins tab, enable Sumatra PDF plugin and disable other PDF plugins.


Newer version of Chrome have a PDF plugin built-in. If you want to use Sumatra's plugin, you need to disable Chrome's plugin (and potentially plugins from other apps like Adobe Reader or FoxIt).

Type about:plugins in the address bar, make sure to enable Sumatra PDF plugin and disable other PDF plugins.


  1. Run Opera and hit CTRL + F12
  2. Choose Advanced tab
  3. From the list on the left choose Downloads
  4. In the middle box find "application/pdf" and Click "Edit" on the right
  5. Enable "Use the plugin" at the bottom and choose "SumatraPDF Browser Plugin"
  6. Click "OK" and then "OK". Restart Opera

Running in restricted mode

A restricted mode is useful if you want to use SumatraPDF as a bundled viewer for your program's documentation or in kiosk mode. In restricted mode some actions that are not appropriate in such context are disabled:

  • opening new files
  • launching URLs from with PDF document
  • text and image selection
  • printing
  • changing default settings
  • saving to disk
  • automatic and manual update checks
  • a history of recently opened files
  • TeX support
  • registering as a default PDF viewer
  • opening with Adobe Acrobat
  • e-mailing PDF


If "Remember settings for each document" is turned on and a PDF is later opened again, Sumatra PDF will return to the page shown when it was closed. Settings are not only stored for those 10 files shown in the "File" menu - but resuming will not work if the file has been moved in the meantime

Some settings (e.g. fullscreen) are saved as defaults without a GUI option, when SumatraPDF is closed without any document open.

Known limitations

Editing interactive forms and adding comments is not implemented.

More documentation

You can find more documentation at this page.

Krzysztof Kowalczyk