Scroll bar in one page view


Hello. Is there an option to see the scroll bar in one page view for pdf’s? I would like see how much progress is there in the open document but scroll by page its much faster than scrolling by line. I’m pretty sure it was possible in old versions of Sumatra PDF.


If you select View > Single Page, turn off View > Show Pages Continuously and the current Zoom level makes the page height more than your current screen height, then of course a vertical scrollbar shows up.


Yes I got that. But why isn’t there a scroll bar in “Fit a single page” view? All other sluggish PDF views have them. That’s not very user friendly to hide it. I guess that should be optional.


You want to select Zoom > Fit Page and then expect a scrollbar? :roll_eyes: Is this a joke thread or did I miss something?


It’s not a joke, all other PDF viewers and book reader software’s have the scroll bar in single page view, firstly because a user should see where in what part of the 500 hundred document they are and be able to scroll where the want. And secondly because in “continuous view” there is no page by page scrolling with mouse, only line scrolling which is a bummer to view big docs fast.


You seem to be a bit confused with what it is you’re exactly looking for. Let me spell it out for you:

If you select View > Single Page and turn off View > Show Pages Continuously, then you may see vertical/horizontal scrollbars depending on how large visually (based on the zoom level) the current page is. If the current page fits completely in the screen area there’ll obviously be no scrollbar shown since one is not needed.

If on the other hand you want a single page view but also want a vertical scrollbar to tell you where the current page lies in the document, simply select View > Single Page and turn on View > Show Pages Continuously.

You should experiment a bit with the menu options, although they’re all pretty easy to understand.

I see, so your real complaint is not that there’s no scrollbar in single page view, but that when you have Show Pages Continuously turned on you can’t scroll a page at a time with the mouse. Why couldn’t you be clear and just say that in the first place?

The solution is to use either the left/right arrow keys on the keyboard for page-wise scrolling, or click on the previous/next page toolbar buttons with your mouse. Better still, since Show Pages Continuously is turned on just drag the scrollbar “to view big docs fast”.


I dont think the behaviour has changed over versions1.x to 3.x

If you wish to “scroll page by page” rather than line by line

then accept that when only a fitted page is shown there is no need for a visible scrollbar
The navigation “page counter” is shown in the toolbar and you can enter a page number to goto and most important to your desire, a roll of the mouse wheel will jump one page at a time.

A less effective method is to switch to continuous view then a full page can step “one screen at a time” by clicking the scrollbar either side of the current location, if your window has one page high visible then you will jump one page up or down acordingly


That is exactly what he was complaining about when he said, “there is no page by page scrolling with mouse, only line scrolling”. By default Windows is set to scroll only 3 lines at a time with every roll of the scroll wheel:

Note that the screenshot above is from a Win10 v1709 desktop with no third-party mouse drivers installed. On a laptop you’ll have to check the touchpad driver’s scroll settings instead.


@GitHubRulesOK @SumatraPeter Thanks for your suggestions.

The complain is that there is no way to scroll with mouse through the pages with the scroll bar on in single page view. I need a “one page view” and scrollbar for visual representation or “continuous view” but the ability to scroll “whole page by page” like with keyboard arrows but with the mouse. I hope it makes sense. :slight_smile: )
Sorry for such difficult explanation, and misunderstanding, English is not my mother-language.

I would be grateful if the “not to hide the scroll bar” option will be added. Guess its doesn’t need a lot of programming. I work with a lot of pdf files which are books and scroll through them by mouse. Single page view is the most comfortable view to work cause you see the whole book page. SumatraPDF is my favorite because it’s the fastest and smallest of pdf viewers.
These are examples in other pdf viewers first i show “continuous view” then “one page view”:

foxit pdf reader :


pdf x-change viewer:


The difference is that Sumatra treats “Single Page” view with “Show Pages Continuously” turned off as truly single page view. Thus scrollbars if required are displayed only for scrolling the height and/or width of the current page and not for the page in relation to the entire document. That sort of “document level scrollbar” is available only with “Show Pages Continuously” turned on, but there of course the scroll wheel doesn’t jump pages like you want.

Frankly I’m ok with how Sumatra works at present, but you can create an issue on GitHub and see if the developer has any interest at all in changing how scrolling functions.