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ADOBE® READER® (VIEWING PDFs)
Opening Adobe PDF Documents
PDF Documents from Your Hard Drive or Other Disk
You can open a PDF document that is saved on your computer's hard drive (or other disk) by locating the file in Windows Explorer (PC) or Finder (Mac); then double-clicking the name of the file. This will open the Adobe Reader application and display the file.
PDF Documents from the Web
When you click a link to a PDF document on a Web page from your browser, one of three things usually happen:
- The PDF document opens in your Web browser
if you have Adobe Reader configured as
a "plug-in," or
opens in its own window if you have
Adobe Reader configured as a "helper application." This
option is configured within Adobe Reader 6,
from Edit > Preferences > Internet (PC), or Adobe Reader >
Preferences > Internet (Macintosh).
- If your Web browser is not configured to open PDF documents, it
- Display a dialog box with an option to save the document to your hard drive; where you can open it later with Adobe Reader.
- Automatically download the document to your
computer's desktop and preview it (for
example, Internet Explorer on the Macintosh).
You can also open it later with Adobe
- If you do not have Adobe Reader installed, your browser cannot display the document. Depending upon your browser, it may display an error message stating that it could not load the plug-in (i.e. Netscape Navigator) or display an image icon on the page without displaying the document (i.e. Internet Explorer).
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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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