Asked Questions: PDF Files
What is a .pdf file?
Handouts and lecture notes for Dr. Jadwin's courses are offered
for download in Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF files are printer-independent
files that can easily print a duplicate of any original publication
using any graphics printer (i.e., laser, inkjet, dot-matrix or plotter).
You can use the Adobe Acrobat Reader to download IRS forms, manufacturer's
warranties, coupons. . .the uses are limitless.
What do I need to have
in order to read and print a .pdf file?
To read and print a PDF publication, you must install the free Adobe
Acrobat Reader software on your PC. This highly useful software
allows you to print any kind of form directly from your printer
without needing to upload it first through word-processing or spreadsheet
software. You can download the Adobe Acrobat Reader version
suitable for your system by clicking on the button at left.
How do I install the Acrobat
Double-click the "Get Acrobat Reader" button at the top left corner
of this page.
At the Adobe site, find the version of the Acrobat Reader that is
appropriate for your computer and operating system and double-click
When your computer prompts you to SAVE, save the Acrobat reader
in a location where you'll easily be able to find it (such as the
When the download is finished, close your browser and double-click
on the downloaded file.
Follow the installation instructions on the screen.
How does the Acrobat Reader
Once you've installed the Acrobat Reader, it will automatically
launch any time you attempt to double-click a .pdf file. Also,
once you've opened one .pdf file during a session, it will remain
on standby, and you will not have to relaunch it for every subsequent
.pdf file you open.
Troubleshooting PDF files
Should you experience PDF files appearing as a blank window within
your web browser after downloading, follow the appropriate steps
below to resolve the issue:
Upgrade your Adobe Acrobat Reader
If you are using Adobe Acrobat Reader version 3.0 or earlier, upgrade
to version 3.01 or later.
The problem may be caused by Internet Explorer
When you try to view a Portable Document Format (.pdf) file in Internet
Explorer, you may see a blank window or frame instead of the .pdf
file. This may occur even though you have installed the Adobe Acrobat
Reader program, and you are normally able to view .pdf files in
that program. For a solution, see the Microsoft
Support Page with a solution to this problem. If you still
can't get the Reader to work in Internet Explorer, try using Netscape
Navigator as your browser instead.
Change your SAVE options and download the file
to your hard disk
Use the "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As..." option to download
the PDF file directly to your hard drive and bypass the Acrobat
And if all else fails, try this:
Select "PDF File Format" if necessary.
Select the file(s) you wish to download.
Click the "Review Selected Files" button.
When presented with the Results page use the "Save Target As.."
option to download the file. This can normally be accomplished by
right clicking (left click, if your mouse is configured for left
handed operation) on the title link then selecting "Save Target
As.." when presented with a menu.
Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file after downloading.
Technical support beyond this point is up to
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