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I've never used LaTeX before, but a few months ago I decided to write my thesis report in LaTeX, so I'm pretty new to it.

I am using MiKTeX on Windows 7, and pdflatex as typesetting engine. The thing that is bugging me is that pdflatex flips page when scrolling. I would really like to have it continuously "flipped" i.e. scrolling down the document as one whole column. I've searched the web and this forum without finding a solution (of course I've looked in pdflatex as well). Maybe I'm just missing out some simple preferences in pdflatex page somewhere?

I can fix this for preview in my regular PDF viewer (Adobe Reader) by using the hyperref package and \hypersetup command, like this:


Unfortunately this doesn't help me since it's pdflatex I'm using to quickly see the outcome of the code and I'm typesetting pretty often. Perhaps there's a better PDF previewer that is as fast and simple as pdflatex?

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Welcome to TeX.sx! It's not possible to have the document shown as a continuous scroll; the typesetting engine splits it into pages, because that's how you will have your document. Moreover, the engine is limited as far as lengths are concerned; you can get one scroll for some (actually several) pages, but the maximum length is about 6 meters. – egreg Jan 7 '13 at 17:51
If I understand your inquiry correctly, you're looking to change the settings on your pdf viewer so that the display scrolls smoothly from page to page rather than jumping discretely. This is a setting governed by the pdf viewer you use. In Adobe Acrobat (and Adobe Reader as well, in all likelihood), you'd go to "View" -> "Page Display" and then click on "Enable Scrolling". The appropriate commands for other pdf viewers will differ, of course. Incidentally, pdflatex is not a pdf previewer, but only the program that generates the pdf file. – Mico Jan 7 '13 at 17:53
Just to add to Mico's "pdflatex is not a pdf previewer, its an engine to generate pdf". you can read the more tug.org – texenthusiast Jan 7 '13 at 18:05
@egreg: I thought that since Adobe Reader can show the document with smooth scrolling, so could the TeXworks previewer (or any pdf viewer). – Lars Björnsson Jan 7 '13 at 23:41
@LarsBjörnsson Sorry for having misunderstood your question. But you didn't mention TeXworks, which is a rather basic front-end to the TeX system, and its PDF previewer has a very minimal set of features (the whole design of TeXworks is minimalistic, one should say). You can look at TeXStudio instead: texstudio.sourceforge.net – egreg Jan 7 '13 at 23:43
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I suppose you use TeXworks editor, which really shows pages SinglePage whatever you do. It is the property of its PDF preview and it cannot be changed.

The pdfpagelayout setting is aimed mostly on Acrobat (Reader).

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I realize I confused pdflatex with the TeXworks pdf previewer, thanks for pointing that out! However, it seems like you understood what I asked for. – Lars Björnsson Jan 7 '13 at 23:34
And the question is consequently if there is any previewer that can scroll pages smoothly? Except adobe reader, since that's not a very fast way of updating... – Lars Björnsson Jan 7 '13 at 23:36
@LarsBjörnsson See this question: Output viewers for use with LaTeX – yo' Jan 7 '13 at 23:40
Thanks, that seems to be the thread for further investigation! – Lars Björnsson Jan 7 '13 at 23:57
@LarsBjörnsson Since your issue seems to be solved, please consider marking the answer as ‘Accepted’ by clicking on the tickmark below their vote count (see How do you accept an answer?). This way, other people know that their effort here is not needed anymore. – yo' Jan 8 '13 at 0:00

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