Portable Document Format (PDF)
- What is a PDF file?
A Portable Document Format (pdf) file is a self-contained
cross-platform document. In plain language, it is a file that will look
the same on the screen and in print, regardless of what kind of computer
or printer someone is using and regardless of what software package was
originally used to create it.
Although they contain the complete formatting of the original
document, including fonts and images, PDF files are highly compressed,
allowing complex information to be downloaded efficiently.
- To download the free Acrobat Reader from the Adobe Web Site:
For assistance in downloading and installing the software, see the Adobe
Web site document
Reader Troubleshooting Guide at Adobe's Web Site.
Adobe also has information about PDF and the
visually challenged at its site.
- How to View PDF Files
Once the Acrobat Reader software is properly installed, you just need to
click on a link to a .pdf file and it will be loaded for viewing on your
computer. Note that the file is sent to your computer as a temporary
file that will be deleted when you exit your browser.
PDF files are indicated by the following graphic following the
- How to Print PDF Files
When printing Adobe Acrobat PDF files from within your web browser, do
NOT use the web browser print facility. Instead, use the print button at
the left end of the special Adobe Acrobat tool bar, which appears
immediately above the viewing window.
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