Customizing Revu – the Navigation & Status Bars | Revu 2018

This final installment of our FAQ Series on Customizing Bluebeam Revu 2018 provides an overview of the Navigation and Status bars.

The Navigation Bar provides different options for viewing and interacting with your documents.

The Status Bar displays information like page size and file properties, as well as buttons that affect cursor movement and markup placement.


The Navigation Bar is divided into three sections based on function:

From the left side, you can use the MultiView™ options to view multiple documents, or even multiple views of a single document.

From the center, you can switch between panning, zooming, selecting and changing pages or views in the document.

From the right side, you can access miscellaneous options, including the Profiles menu, the Dimmer, Document Properties or document Security settings.

Hiding and revealing the Navigation Bar

The Navigation Bar can be toggled on or off using the F4 key.

Alternatively, you can go to Tools > Toolbars > Navigation Bar.

You may need to hold down the Fn key on some laptops when using function row shortcuts such as F4.

A list of Revu keyboard shortcuts can be accessed by clicking Revu > Keyboard Shortcuts.

Status Bar

The Status Bar appears underneath the Navigation Bar.

On the left side of the Status Bar, you will see an area where context-sensitive text appears. If no files are open in Revu, the text will read “Open PDF to markup.” Once a PDF is open, the text will change to “Ready.” Then, when you select a markup, you will see context-sensitive help from this area. If you’re ever unsure how to use a markup, make sure to look to this corner for help.

On the right side of the Status Bar, you will see several buttons, the page dimensions of the current file, as well as coordinates for your cursor position.

The Snap To: heading refers to functions which assist with accurate markup placement. You can learn more about Snap To Grid, Content,and Markup, as well as other Status Bar Tools in the Revu Help.

Show Grid will display a dotted grid over your open document. This will assist with markup placement and measurements.

Reuse allows you to repeatedly use a markup symbol or tool from one of your Tool Sets, until you deactivate it by clicking on the highlighted Reuse button, or pressing the Escape key.

Sync is a function used with MultiView and MultiView Extended. After opening different versions of a document in separate Revu tabs, activate the Sync tool to synchronize the view of your active tab with the other versions of the document. This will allow you to compare different versions of the same page region at the same time.

For more info, read How Do I Use MultiView?

To enable any of these features, click the corresponding name in the Status Bar. It will be highlighted in blue, indicating that it’s active. (Click on a highlighted button to deactivate it).

Hiding and Revealing the Status Bar

You can hide and reveal the Status Bar using the F8 key on your keyboard. (Alternatively, you can go to Tools > Toolbars > Status Bar). This is another way to create more room to view files, and simplify the Revu interface.


Learn about viewing and interacting with your documents using the Navigation and Status bars, and how to show and hide them from the interface.

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