Installing And Using
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Description of Adobe Acrobat Reader
Description of PDF -
What's a .pdf
Using Acrobat© Reader
Downloading and Installing the Adobe Acrobat Reader
Opening a PDF document
Viewing PDF documents on the Web
Reading PDF documents in a Web browser
For additional tips and help, go
to the Adobe Support
Description of Adobe
Adobe Acrobat Reader is free, and freely distributable, software that
lets you view and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
Acrobat Reader is available for the following platforms:
- Mac OS
- Windows 95
- Windows 98
- Windows NT 3.51
- Windows NT 4.0
- Windows 3.1x
- UNIX: DEC Alpha
- UNIX: HP-UX
- UNIX: IBM AIX
- UNIX: Linux
- UNIX: SGI IRIX
- UNIX: Sun Solaris x86
- UNIX: Sun Solaris SPARC
In Windows and Mac OS, Acrobat Reader is available in these
- Chinese Simplified
- Chinese Traditional
Description of PDF
PDF is an acronym for "Portable Document Format." PDF is a file
format created by Adobe that lets you view and print a file exactly as
the author designed it, without needing to have the same application
or fonts used to create the file. Since its introduction in 1993, PDF
has become an Internet standard for electronic distribution that
faithfully preserves the look and feel of the original document
complete with fonts, colors, images, and layout.
Using Acrobat Reader
After installing Acrobat Reader, double-click a PDF file to start
Acrobat Reader and view the file. Or you can start Acrobat
Reader first, then choose File > Open to view a PDF file.
For more help using Acrobat Reader, choose Help > Acrobat
Guide from within Acrobat Reader.
Installing the Adobe Acrobat Reader
After the download is complete:
1.Double-click the newly downloaded file.
2.Follow the instructions on your screen.
If there is a failure at any point during the installation of Acrobat
Reader, the installer performs a complete uninstall. For this reason,
it is important not to close the installer application by clicking its
close box in the upper right corner of the background window
after clicking the "Thank You" dialog box that appears at the end
of the installation. If you wait for a second or two, the installer will
automatically close the background windows after the installation
The installation procedure will ask you to read and accept the
Electronic End-User License Agreement.
Opening a PDF
Do one of the following:
Click the Open button , or choose File > Open. In the
Open dialog box,
select the filename, and click Open. PDF documents usually have the
Choose the documents filename from the File menu.
The menu lists the four
PDF documents you last opened.
Double-click the file icon in your file system.
Note: In Mac OS, you may not be able to open a PDF
document created in
Windows by double-clicking the icon. If double-clicking the icon in Mac OS
does not open the document, use File > Open in Acrobat Reader to open the
document, close the document, and try again. After youve used the Open
command once on the document, youll be able to open the document next
time by double-clicking.
Viewing PDF documents on
You can view PDF documents that are on the World Wide Web
or an intranet
using a Web browser. Every document on the Web is identified by a unique
address called a Uniform Resource Locator (URL). When a PDF document is
stored on the Web, you can click a URL link to it to open the document in your
Reading PDF documents in a
PDF documents can display in Web browsers
compatible with Netscape ®
Navigator ® 4.0 (or later) or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 (or later). The
necessary plug-ins are automatically installed when you install Acrobat Reader.
For information on getting your browser ready, see Installing the Web browser
plug-in. (If pages of your PDF document appear blank when viewed in a Web
browser, you may be using an early version of a Web server. Try saving the PDF
file locally, and viewing it using Acrobat Reader.)
When you view a PDF document in a Web browser, all of the
tools are available in the browser. In Windows, you can click the two small
vertical lines (next to the Adobe icon at the left of the tool bar) to minimize or
maximize the tool bar.
Note: Many keyboard commands are mapped to the
Web browser rather than
to Acrobat Reader, so some Acrobat Reader keyboard shortcuts may not be
available in the browser window.