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ADOBE® READER® (VIEWING PDFs)
Viewing Adobe PDF Documents (part 1)
The Adobe Reader toolbar appears whether a PDF document is opened within a browser or within the Adobe Reader application (separate from the browser), and can be customized by you. Below is an image of the basic toolbar that appears after initial installation.
The following table explains each button on the toolbar image above:
|Toolbar button||Button meaning|
|Saves a copy of the currently opened PDF document to the location of your choice.|
|Displays the Print window where you can select which pages to print.|
|Creates a new e-mail message in your mail software (i.e. Microsoft Outlook) and attaches the PDF document to it.|
|Searches the current PDF document (or others) for a word or phrase.|
Allows you to move the page by clicking the left mouse button on the page and dragging it up or down.
In addition, the tool can
change into a hand with a W on it when
the hand is placed over
a hyperlink in the document. When this
happens you can click the link to open
the target document or Web page. Note: if the author of the
document did not choose to create the hyperlinks,
the tool will not change and you cannot
click the hypertext link.
|Allows you to select text and copy it to another application (i.e. Microsoft Word). Note: not all PDF documents allow you to choose text.|
|Allows you to select images and copy them to another application (i.e. Microsoft Word). Note: not all PDF documents allow you to choose images.|
|Selecting a region or area is easy with the snapshot tool — simply drag a box around the area you want to copy.|
|Allows you to zoom in (enlarge) an area of the document by clicking that area with the mouse cursor (which now looks like a magnifying glass with a plus sign on it).|
|Allows you to zoom out (reduce) an area of the document by clicking that area with the mouse cursor (which now looks like a magnifying glass with a minus sign on it).|
|Resizes the pages to display them at their actual size.|
|Resizes the pages to display them to fit each page on your display window.|
|Resizes the pages to display them to fit the width of the display window.|
|Resizes the pages to display them at the percentage chosen from the drop-down menu (compared to the actual size), or by a positive or negative amount if the minus sign or plus sign is clicked.|
|Rotates the pages clockwise 90 degrees.|
|Rotates the pages counter-clockwise 90 degrees.|
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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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