I recently switched from Debian to Arch. Now I have a newer version of zathura, which displays the pages continuously. For poppler as well as mupdf, I need the discrete display mode. Is this fixed now? I can't find an option to change this behaviour.

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    The current accepted solution is not good enough for me. So if someone knows how to not display the pages continuously, I am interested. This is interesting in particular with the full-screen mode for a presentation. I don't want part of the next slide to be shown if my screen has the bad ratio.
    – Maxime
    Nov 8, 2013 at 15:39
  • How about <kbd>f5</kbd> which will start the presentation mode?
    – pranphy
    Jul 16, 2018 at 18:52

3 Answers 3


You can use the "best-fit" mode and use Pageup + Pagedown (or map k,j) to jump to the previous or next page.

Does that help?

  • Well it worked. Although I thought it did not yesterday. Hmmm... anyway thank you Apr 22, 2013 at 18:24
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    I just want to add that this answer does not work when viewing a "landscape" pdf (i.e. a pdf file with pages that are wider than they are tall) in a "portrait" window (i.e. a window that is taller than it is wide). In this situation, "best-fit" will still show "page bleed" i.e. you will see the preceding/following pages above/below the page that you want to see.
    – jaimet
    Feb 26, 2020 at 22:41

There is a workaround. If you set the page padding to a large number, you will not see the previous and following pages; for example:

:set page-padding 300

Navigate with shift+J and shift+K.

The position of the document within the window is not centered, though :-(


As @pranphy mentioned in the comments, you can go to the presentation mode by pressing F5. Worked for me pretty well. By the way, to use jk navigation in this mode you need now to press Shift + [j,k].

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