# How to set page display in pdflatex?

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:

``````\usepackage[pdftex]{hyperref}
\hypersetup{
pdfpagelayout={OneColumn}}
``````

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 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 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 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 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 at 23:43

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).