The Layers tab provides quick access to layers
Go to View > Tabs > Layers or press ALT+Y to show the Layers tab.
The image below shows an example of the Layers tab of a layered PDF:
Layers with child layers will have a toggle triangle to the left of their names. Click this triangle to expand or collapse the list of child layers.
To show or hide a layer, click the box to the left of the layer's name to toggle its visibility. A layer with
To show or hide a parent layer and all its child layers at the same time,
To show only one layer,
See Using Layer Visibility for more information.
Click and drag a layer to move it to a new location in the layers list.
Adds a new, blank layer to the PDF. By default, the new layer is positioned immediately after the layer that is currently selected; if no layer is currently selected, the new layer is positioned at the end of the layers list. Click the triangle to the right of the button to choose a different position for the new layer:
Adds a layer to the PDF from the content of a source PDF. By default, the new layer is positioned immediately after the layer that is currently selected; if no layer is currently selected, the new layer is positioned at the end of the layers list. Click the triangle to the right of the button to choose a different position for the new layer:
See Adding Layers to a PDF: Creating or Importing Layers from a PDF for more information.
Opens the Delete Layer dialog box to delete the selected layer and its children, if applicable.
Shows the current configuration. Select a configuration from the dropdown menu to switch to it.
Saves the current visibility settings to the selected configuration. Click the triangle to the right of the button for additional options:
New Configuration: Saves the current visibility settings to a new configuration.
Delete Configuration: Deletes the selected configuration.
This menu contains additional options for setting the visibility of layers.
Expand All: Expands all of the trees in the layers.
Collapse All: Collapses all of the layers with children.
Reset All Layers: Resets the display of layers to the selected configuration.
Show Print Layers: Sets to visible only the layers that have Print Usage set to On in the layer properties.
Show Export Layers: Sets to visible only the layers that have Export Usage set to On in the layer properties.
Show All Layers: Sets all layers to visible.
Show Layers on Page Only: Hide the layer names that are not on the current page.
Show Layers Alphabetically: Sort the top level layers alphabetically.
The following options are available in the context menu of a selected layer (
Show Layer: Toggle to display or hide current layer or layers.
Isolate: Display this layer and its children, and hide all other layers.
Show All: Display all layers.
Markup Layer: Sets the selected layer as the Markup Layer. New markups will be created on this layer. The markup icon displays after the layer name.
Add Layer from Page: Creates a new layer from another PDF file. Works exactly as the Add Layer from Page button.
Add New Layer: Creates a blank layer. Works exactly as the Add Layer button.
New Layer Group: Creates an item in the layer list that is not a layer. This is primarily an organizational tool. Layer groups are recognizable by the fact that they do not have a toggle box to the left of their names.
Delete: Works exactly as the Delete Layer button.
Export Layer to Page: Exports the selected layer or layers to a PDF. If a layer has children, they are also exported. If a selected layer is not currently displayed, the layer will export without the content.
Import Layer from Page: Imports a PDF content and its layers. The Import Layer dialog appears.
Flatten Markups: Flatten all markups to the selected layer. The Flatten Markups dialog appears with Assign Layer and the selected layer pre-selected. The default is that the markups will be flattened to their existing layer.
Unflatten Markups: Unflattens markups that have previously been flattened.
Title: The name of the layer. Does not appear if multiple layers were selected.
Default State: Set the default display state when the PDF is opened.
Lock: The title and default state cannot be changed from the layers list while this is checked. A will appear before the layer name when it is locked.
View: Sets whether a layer will be shown (On) or hidden (Off).
Print: Sets whether a layer will be included in when the PDF is printed.
Export: Sets whether a layer will be included in an export when using Export Layer to Page.
Zoom: Sets whether the contents of a layer are always visible or are only visible when the user zooms in (or out) within a defined range. To enable, select On when in range and then define a zoom range. The contents of this layer will only appear when the display zoom is within this range.
Note: Selecting Layer Properties when multiple layers are selected allows you to control common settings among the selected layers in one action.
Adding Layers to a PDF
Using Layer Visibility