SumatraPDF is the default reader for PDF files on all Wharton public workstations. This includes classrooms, labs, GSRs, conference rooms, and other public-facing Wharton workstations.
Access requirements: You must have the ability to log into these workstations with your PennKey and password to use the software.
What is SumatraPDF?
SumatraPDF is a lightweight PDF reader that allows for many of the same functionalities included in Adobe Reader, but which may be otherwise limited or non-functional in web browsers. These include:
Menu Layout and Basic Functions
Here are some examples of the basic layout and functionality of SumatraPDF menus:
Go To Menu
View Options using Sumatra PDF
These examples show different ways you can view your PDF files using Sumatra.
Note that SumatraPDF opens multiple files in tabs at the top. When you open a PDF, the toolbar will become active, and you can perform certain toolbar functions such as Find, Print, etc.
Like Adobe Reader, if your PDF isn't scaled to the dimensions of the display, it will add black bars to the side (Fullscreen Mode) or grey bars to the side (Presentation Mode).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are the keyboard shortcuts I use for Adobe Reader the same as SumatraPDF?
A: Largely, yes; both F5 and F11 both work for Presentation View and Fullscreen Mode, respectively. There are some nuances, but these are called out in the menu
Q: How do I use a remote or clicker in SumatraPDF?
A: Simply put the PDF in Presentation View or Fullscreen Mode, and start advancing the slides using the functions on your remote. If you're using a remote that's not already paired with the classroom PC, please make sure you connect it first.
Q: Can I annotate (or use any other advanced functions) using SumatraPDF?
A: No; the functionality is similar to Adobe Reader, not Adobe Acrobat. Acrobat is also pre-installed on all of the aforementioned public workstations, so you do have the choice to use it for more advanced functionality.
However, please bear in mind that you will need to log in first with your Adobe ID and password to activate any Adobe products on these workstations. SumatraPDF requires no login.
Contact: Wharton Computing Student Support