SumatraPDF - Default Classroom PDF Reader

SumatraPDF is the default PDF reader on all Wharton public workstations. This includes classrooms, labs, GSRs, conference rooms, and other public-facing Wharton workstations.

Access requirements: Must have the ability to log into these workstations with PennKey and password. 


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:

  • Remote/clicker functionality
  • Fullscreen Mode
  • Presentation Mode

Some examples of the basic layout and functionality of SumatraPDF are listed below.

Menu Layout and Basic Functions

Main Menu:

File Menu:

View Menu:

Go To Menu:

Sample PDFs in Normal View:

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.

Sample PDF in Fullscreen Mode:

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? 

Q: How do I use a remote or clicker in SumatraPDF?

Q: Can I annotate (or use any other advanced functions) using SumatraPDF?