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Reading and Printing Adobe Acrobat Documents

This page is provided as a service to assist users who are not familiar with how to download and read Adobe Acrobat Documents ( i.e., Portable Document Format (pdf) files).
If you already know how to use PDF files, proceed to the Adobe site and Download Adobe Acrobat Reader Software

Accessibility Issues| Installing Adobe Acrobat | Printing Acrobat Files | Reading Acrobat Files with a Screen Reader

Files ending in .PDF are Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format files. Acrobat files can be read on your computer screen or printed using an Adobe Acrobat "Reader" available free from Adobe. If you wish to create your own Acrobat files, you will need to purchase the commercial Adobe Acrobat package.


Beginning with version 5.0, Acrobat supports the Microsoft® Active Accessibility (MSAA) Application Programming Interface (API) for the Windows® platform for integration with assistive technology products including screen readers.


The Adobe Acrobat Home Page contains detailed information on this product, and allows you to download free copies of Acrobat for Windows, Macintosh, or UNIX systems.

We suggest that you configure your Adobe Acrobat Reader as a plug-in application for your World Wide Web browser. This can be accomplished with Adobe Acrobat Reader version 3.0 or higher, and Netscape (2.0 or higher), Internet Explorer (3.0 or higher), or compatible browsers. This allows the reader software to integrate closely with the browser and allows you to begin to read the PDF file while it is downloading. Version 3.0 or higher of the Adobe Acrobat reader also permits reading of PDF pages side-by-side.

If you have an Internet browser installed on your system at the time that you install Adobe Acrobat, it should automatically install itself as a helper application in the browser. You will know that it is properly installed as a helper application if you can view the PDF file in the browser window, with a single row of special Acrobat buttons along the top of the viewing screen.

Note that with versions of the Reader prior to 3.0, you cannot save a PDF file to your local disk after you have read it. You had to have the commercial Adobe Acrobat software in order to save the file. This limitation was removed with version 3.0 of the Reader software.

Download Adobe Acrobat Reader Software


When printing Adobe Acrobat PDF files from within your web browser, do NOT use the web browser print facility. Instead, use the print button at the left end of the special Adobe Acrobat tool bar, which appears immediately above the viewing window. See illustration below for location of this print button.

Illustration of Acrobat tool bar