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ADOBE® READER® (VIEWING PDFs)
Adobe Reader is free software that can view and print electronic documents created from applications like Adobe Acrobat®, Microsoft® Office, and others. These documents are available as Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) — a file format that preserves the content and layout of the original document. Faculty and staff create Adobe PDF documents to distribute information in a consistent manner, so that the user does not have to buy the original software used to create the original document in order to view it.
IMPORTANT: To view and print Adobe PDF files, you must obtain and install on your computer a copy of the free Adobe Reader software (formerly Adobe Acrobat Reader) . You can get this software directly from the Adobe Reader page at the Adobe Web site.
The information in this tutorial is based upon the current Sacramento State standard, Adobe Reader 6. Older versions of Adobe Reader, called Adobe Acrobat Reader, may look slightly different, but the same general concepts apply.
Lessons in this tutorial
- Introduction (this page)
- Opening Adobe PDF Documents
- Viewing Adobe PDF Documents (part I)
- Viewing Adobe PDF Documents (part 2)
- Using the Bookmarks Tab
- Using the Pages Tab
Next page --> Opening PDFs
Last updated: June 23, 2011
Creating a "fillable form" using Adobe Acrobat? Be aware that Acrobat 8 Professional ships with Adobe LiveCycle Designer, an application used to create advanced PDF forms. The learning curve for this software is quite steep, so we suggest you only use it if you're creating complicated forms. For most forms, use the Acrobat forms tools, available from the Advanced Editing menu in Acrobat. See the workshop handout, Adobe Acrobat: Introduction, for help getting started with basic PDF forms.
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