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  • Overview of PDF Reader control
  • Creating a PDF Reader control
  • Characteristics of the PDF Reader control
  • Limitations
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Overview of PDF Reader control
The "PDF Reader" control is an advanced control that allows end users to view PDF documents in their applications, without an external software. No need to start an external reader. You know what all end user will see, which makes user support much simpler.
The PDF Reader control can be included in a window of your application (like any other control), or the PDF reader can be opened in a new window (like any standard reader).
This control allows you to:
  • Open PDF files,
  • Find text in PDF files,
  • WINDEV Print PDF files, etc.
WINDEV The ribbon of this control is used to perform the most common operations. See PDF Reader control: using the ribbon for more details.
WINDEV Several keyboard shortcuts are also available:
ShortcutEffectShortcutEffect
Ctrl + ASelects the entire content of the PDF fileCtrl + CCopies the selection to the clipboard.
Ctrl + FStars a search in the PDF file. Ctrl + 0Opens a PDF file.
Ctrl + PPrints the current PDF file.
Ctrl + mouse wheelChanges the zoom.Ctrl + 0Sets zoom at 100%
Ctrl + homeMoves to the beginning of the document.Ctrl + EndMoves to the end of the document.
Page UpDisplays the previous page.Page downDisplays the next page.
Creating a PDF Reader control
To create a PDF Reader control:
  1. Select the control to create from the ribbon:
    • WINDEV On the "Creation" pane, in the "Graphic controls" group, expand "Office" and select "PDF Reader".
  2. Click where the control will be created in the window.
Versions 20 and later
Remark: The dimensions of the control are optimized to take up the available space at the specified position. If the control size does not suit you, press Ctrl + Z: the control size will be reset to default.
New in version 20
Remark: The dimensions of the control are optimized to take up the available space at the specified position. If the control size does not suit you, press Ctrl + Z: the control size will be reset to default.
Remark: The dimensions of the control are optimized to take up the available space at the specified position. If the control size does not suit you, press Ctrl + Z: the control size will be reset to default.
To view the control characteristics, select "Description" in the popup menu of the control.
Characteristics of the PDF Reader control
The following options are available in the description window of the PDF Reader control:
WINDEV description window
  • Initial document: Specifies the initial document displayed in the PDF Reader control ("General" tab).
  • WINDEV With ribbon: Specifies whether the ribbon will be displayed or not ("General" tab). If the ribbon is displayed:
    • the area "IW source of ribbon" allows you to:
      • use the ribbon proposed by default. In this case, the area "IW source of ribbon" corresponds to "None".
      • customize the ribbon proposed by default.
        Simply select the default preset window in the area "IW source of ribbon". In this case, the "IW_WinDevAAF_DocumentReaderBar" window is automatically included in your project. This internal window (available in English and in French) can be modified according to your needs. This window contains the code required to manage the PDF Reader control. It is recommended to check UI errors and make sure the window works properly after any change is made.
      • use an internal window to propose a specific ribbon.
        Any internal window of your project can be used to create this ribbon.
    • the option "Apply project skin template to ribbon" allows you to apply the skin template of the project to the internal window corresponding to the ribbon and to all the windows opened by the ribbon.
  • WINDEV Display the thumbnail pane: Allows you to specify whether the pane of thumbnails will be displayed by default in the PDF Reader control.
  • WINDEV Allow the change of document (Open, Dnd, ... ): This option allows you to propose (or not) the buttons in the ribbon for opening a new document. If this option is not checked, the end user will only be able to handle the PDF file defined by the application. Otherwise, the end user can handle any PDF file.
Limitations
  • The following features are not supported by the PDF Reader control:
    • Signatures,
    • Bookmarks,
    • Edit controls,
    • Radio button and check boxes,
    • PDF/A.
    • Interactions via Javascript (for example, a link hidden in an image, etc.).
  • The PDF Reader control is not available in Windows XP.
Related Examples:
The PDF Reader control Unit examples (WINDEV): The PDF Reader control
[ + ] Using a PDF Reader control
Minimum version required
  • Version 23
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