I wonder if there is a viewer, or a whole TeX package allowing me to display two pages side by side. I have two big monitors and I cannot use them effectively now. PCTEX comes close but not quite - it has a DVI viewer, which creates a lot of problems with embedded figures. I have Texworks and Texstudio installed, and they cannot do that.

I am running Win 7.

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    ....SumatraPDF? – karlkoeller Jun 10 '13 at 17:18
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    adobe acrobat can show two pages side by side – David Carlisle Jun 10 '13 at 17:41
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    @DavidCarlisle Yes, but it is probably the worst viewer to work with TeX... – karlkoeller Jun 10 '13 at 17:43
  • @karlkoeller well true in that it locks the pdf for writing but still it answers the question:-) – David Carlisle Jun 10 '13 at 18:52
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    @DavidCarlisle you are right, but also forget about synctexing with it – karlkoeller Jun 10 '13 at 18:53

Apart from the fact that I use SumatraPDF and I'm completely satisfied with it (I suggest it to you, it has the feature you've mentioned and many others), TeXMaker built-in viewer supports this feature, if you like this feature to be built-in.

Note that TeXMaker is not much different from TeXStudio, which is a fork of it.

To enable this feature in TeXMaker, just click on the 'eye' button and select 'Two Pages' as you can see in the following image. That's it.

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  • Thanks, I will try Sumatra. Can it be integrated with some tex package as well as the other viewers - jump from source to PDF and back? I will try TexStudio as well. – ABC Jun 10 '13 at 18:55
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    I think it is the best viewer when it comes to forward and inverse search. If for 'tex package' you mean tex editor, the answer is yes, see its tag. PS: I use WinEdt 8 + SumatraPDF 2.3 and they work perfectly together – karlkoeller Jun 10 '13 at 18:59
  • How do I integrate SumatraPDF with MikTeX (sync, etc.)? – ABC Jun 10 '13 at 19:13
  • This is done with the editor you are using. What editor are you going to use? – karlkoeller Jun 10 '13 at 19:15
  • Say, the one coming with TexStudio or Texworks. – ABC Jun 10 '13 at 19:20

Since Sumatra has already been suggested by KarlKoeller, I would like to suggest Adobe Reader as well.

You can set it to display two pages as a book by setting two things:

  1. View/Page Display/Two Page view
  2. View/Page Display/Show Cover page in two page view.
  • with hyperref it is possible to force displaying a two side layout: \hypersetup{pdfpagelayout=TwoPageRight} (It works with Adobe Reader only) – Micha Jun 11 '13 at 7:16

evince is the default PDF viewer in GNOME and has also a two side option


In TeXStudio viewer: In View > Grid unselect "Single Page Step" and click on 2x1.

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