In Adobe’s popular PDF readers and classic Microsoft Edge browsers, we can view PDF documents in two pages side-by-side, when the window or scale is appropriate. However, in Google Chrome and the new Edge browser based on the Chromium kernel, this feature has been slow to implement. The good news is that Google has added this improvement to the fastest-updated Canary channel.
PDF two-page view in the classic Edge browser
For users accustomed to paper books or with large-screen displays, the two-page mode promises to save a lot of reading time.
Google is currently working to add side-by-side view improvements to PDF viewers for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS, and users of the classic version of Microsoft Edge can activate it in the toolbar options.
Click Page View, select the Two Pages icon or press the F8 function button, then use the mouse wheel to flip the page horizontally.
In Adobe Acrobat readers, the experience is slightly different. You’ll need to click On View – Page Display, then select Two-Page View and scroll through the page normally.
PDF two-page view in Chrome Canary
In fact, as early as 2010, someone asked the Chrome development team to add a two-page pattern to the native PDF viewer.
The Chromium team, which started this work last year, has now added a feature tag to Chrome 82 in the Canary channel, and it is believed that the official version will soon be introduced.
It’s important to note that Chrome’s own PDF reader, based on the open source PDFium engine, currently supports page adaptive scaling, printing, and rotation adjustment.
Finally, as Google Chrome evolves, third-party browsers such as the new Microsoft Edge are expected to follow soon.