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Jan 10, 2017 08:15:47   #
saukvillesu (a regular here)
 
This is great information! I'd love to have this feature for browsing my patterns. Unfortunately, I have copied some patterns (usually from a blog) into word--but at least if I had all the PDF files show up this way, it would be amazing. I'm putting that project on my to-do list. And any future PDF downloads will be set up right away. Thanks to knitnanny for posting the question to begin with, and then explaining the procedure so well.
 
Jan 10, 2017 08:16:42   #
Beryl cherriman
 
Hi I open all my patterns in books. They all come up with the picture just click on the one you want and there it is.

Regards Beryl
Jan 10, 2017 08:26:36   #
susanrs1
 
Does anyone know how to do this on an Apple?
Jan 10, 2017 08:34:23   #
Beryl cherriman
 
Hi I use an iPad. Open the pattern in safari then the square comes up with mail, open in books , print and several other sites just click on open in books that's all there is to it

Regards Beryl
Jan 10, 2017 08:45:28   #
Metrogal (a regular here)
 
Good tip...thank you
Jan 10, 2017 09:05:01   #
cainchar
 
Good for you! And thanks!


knitnanny wrote:
I just asked a question here on how to change your PDF file to show the first page of the pattern so you don't have to open all the patterns to see what they are.
Well....I just discovered how to do it and thought I would share my discovery!
Open a PDF file, click on "edit", then go to "preferences"
Then click on the box that says "enable PDF thumbnail previews in Windows Explorer" and then click "okay". Voila..it works!
 
Jan 10, 2017 09:12:50   #
sjsann
 
When you open your document in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Go to preference and check Enable thumbnail preview or something similar. Other programs should have this option also. All pdf documents will show a preview before opening them.
Jan 10, 2017 09:15:35   #
alan55
 
Cardelo wrote:
I have Windows 10 and "enable thumbnail previews" is nowhere to be found in edit/preferences either when I open the PDF. Wish it would work because this is a terrific tip and would be a time saver when looking for a saved pattern. Oh well.....something more to love with Windows 10. LOL!


You may need to update Adobe Reader to the latest version which I've just done to on my partner's WIN10
Jan 10, 2017 09:15:50   #
Deliamc
 
I had that issue also and I have Windows 10. Here is a link to help (that's how I found out how to do it): https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/enable-pdf-thumbnail-preview-windows-explorer.html

Hope this helps :D
Dee
Jan 10, 2017 09:31:21   #
kendknitter
 
Thanks so much for the tip! I had been wondering the same thing!
Jan 10, 2017 09:34:56   #
elproct
 
Dusti, I could not find that option either and I, too, have Windows 10. What I did find is, go to a folder and click on "view" . At the far left of the options that pop up is a box offering " Navigation pane" "preview pane" and "details pane" I clicked on "preview pane" and as you point to a file, a picture appears to the right in a "pane" showing the item in the file. Such a neat feature and I will use that in stead of opening the file. Thanks for making me look!!!
 
Jan 10, 2017 09:38:55   #
MartyCare
 
iShirl wrote:
Need more info: What is a PDF file and where? Oh boy, "Not Cool!"
That's how we learn, and it's better to learn from needlecrafting women than from, oh, teenage grandsons, for instance.

I have the "Word" word processing program on my computer. But not everybody does. I can save files in Word format, or in PDF format. "PDF" stands for something, but that doesn't explain it. You need the free Adobe Acrobat program to open documents that are made in PDF format, but Adobe Acrobat is free to install on a computer. Then your computer can "read" a PDF file. Otherwise, when you try to open the file, you can't see it. PDF documents are popular, because you cannot change them. If I want to cast on fewer stitches, I can make notes to myself, but I am not able to change the document. That way, if a pattern does not work right, and I complain to the designer, she knows I am using the pattern as she designed it, not with random changes that I have made to it.

Here's a sock pattern. I am NOT recommending the pattern; I don't know anything about it:
http://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/Do_The_Twist_Socks__D55946220.html?intmedid=PattMain--DoTheTwistChromaSocks
There's a box that says "Download Pattern Free" with an icon that looks like a 3-pointed star. That's the symbol for PDF. Then it says, "Adobe® Acrobat® required" underlined. So when I click on the underlined part, I get a chance to install the Reader for free, with an ad saying I'd be better off paying them to get a better version. Then it tells me about the system, and the size, and other things I don't know about. It is already installed on my computer. I know that, because when I click on "Download Pattern Free," it works. Otherwise, I use a computer at the local library, and ask the librarian in charge how to do what I need to do to get the document that I want.
Jan 10, 2017 09:48:20   #
BARBIE-s
 
If your select/highlight and copy does not include the photo when you open your pattern ( I save mine in a WORD document), then go back to pattern page, right click on the photo and save image to your desktop, then open your pattern and "insert the photo" and resize it to your choice to fit your page.
Jan 10, 2017 10:06:40   #
kdanielewicz
 
Thanks for this information.
Jan 10, 2017 10:09:03   #
pamjlee
 
I have all my patterns saved on Knit Companion, the free version. That is my biggist complaint. I cannot figure out how to show a larger pic so I have to open them. Many times I have just gone back to Ravelry and done another search as it is easier than trying to search through the hundreds of saved patterns with no pick! Anyone figured it out on this program on an ipad?
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