PDF File Format
Portable Document Format (PDF) is a universal file format that can viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat® Reader. Files in .pdf format allow a higher-quality printout than standard HTML pages and look like the document as it was in its original format. To open these files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software. If you do not have the Acrobat Reader installed, you can download the installer and instructions free from the Adobe website:
Get Adobe Acrobat Reader
Opening PDF Files
Depending on how Acrobat Reader is installed on your machine, the document may open in the Web browser window or it may download to your desktop. If it downloads to your desktop simply double click on the icon or open the document through Acrobat Reader.
When you try to view a .pdf file in Internet Explorer using Windows, you may see a blank window or frame instead of the .pdf file. This may occur even though you have installed Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or above. To properly configure your browser follow the instructions at the Microsoft Support Site.
If, after installing the latest version of Acrobat Reader, you have problems downloading and viewing .pdf files, you may have success by uninstalling all versions of the Reader from your system, redownloading, and reinstalling the new version.
For example, in Windows®:
- Click Start
- Click Settings
- Click Control Panel
- Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon
- Highlight the program to uninstall
- Click the Add/Remove button
- Go to the Adobe download page
- Read the license agreement (click Please read it before downloading)
- Click Back to return to the download page
- Scroll down to Step 1
- Choose a platform (in this case, your Windows operating system)
- Scroll down to Step 2
- For a FREE download, DO NOT leave a checkmark in the checkbox
- Click the red DOWNLOAD button
- After the first part of the download occurs, click the Install button to finish the download
- Finish the install and reboot your system
- Download the .pdf file of your choice
- Read the .pdf file
Tools for Visually Disabled
Access.adobe.com also provides a set of free tools to help visually disabled users read documents in Adobe PDF format.
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