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I am creating a stationery set in illustrator, consisting of a letterhead, an envelope and a business card. When I save it as a pdf, the artboards do not align to the same margins. What I want to accomplish is, all my artboards having the same width in pdf format. However, I don't want to change the actual width my artboards need to have. They have to be the size necessary for printing. I want the effect to be purely for viewing, as shown in these images.

What I want: Stationery 1

What I have: enter image description here

Is this at all possible? I have tried looking for an answer on the internet but all I get is changing the actual size of my artboards. Thanks.

  • Are the envelope, the letterhead and the business cards on different artboards? – benny-ben Sep 15 '18 at 23:15
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Adobe Acrobat DC

If the envelope, the letterhead and the business cards are on different artboards open your pdf in Acrobat:

File > Properties > Initial View

and set:


Navigation tab: Page Only (or Bookmarks Panel and Page)

Page layout:      Single Page

Magnification:  Fit Width


Document Properties Initial View

then save:

File > Save

and close:

File > Close

reopen the pdf from recent documents:

File > 1 my_document.pdf




Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Open your pdf in Acrobat Reader:

Edit > Preferences > Page Display > Default Layout and Zoom

Page layout: Single Page

Zoom:              Fit Width


Document Preferences Override Page Display

and than in:

Edit > Preferences > Accessibility > Override Page Display

Always use Zoom Setting: Fit Width


then save and reopen the pdf.

  • I am working with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. I don't have the initial view option in my properties. Is there another way to do this? – Bianca Sep 16 '18 at 9:41
  • @Bianca I have updated the answer, try with this – benny-ben Sep 16 '18 at 10:24
  • Still doesn't seem to accomplish what I want. I don't want the page layout to be single page. I want to have one long column with all my pages the same width, like in the image I show. With single page when I zoom out, I still only see one page at a time, just very small, with the next page appearing when I scroll down. I want to be able to zoom out an see all my pages together in that column when I scroll down. – Bianca Sep 16 '18 at 10:47
  • @Bianca If you want to have the possibility to show all the elements with the same width together, I suggest you to create an ad hoc presentation (maybe with a mockup) – benny-ben Sep 16 '18 at 14:51

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