|Short for Portable Data File, PDF is a type of file that was
developed by Adobe
(has FTP info.) that enables users to capture the format and overall
appearance of a document and have that viewed exactly the same and
printed exactly the same as any other computer with a PDF viewer.
If you want to know more about how to create
(WRITE) these files, click here, but if all you need to do is to
READ them follow the instructions below (if your system cannot already
recognize PDF files automatically). If you click on a PDF file
(often located on the web) and it does NOT open automatically read the
instructions below. You may need to install a PDF reader:
FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader can
be found at the ADOBE web site
...or if you like an older version free >> http://www.download.com/3002-2378-8338119.html?tag=dir
but here is a more direct link for the latest version
(Reader 7.0) for FREE ....HERE>> http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
For XP, without Photoshop or Yahoo toobar << click
Acrobat 6.0 Professional trial (BUT... you have to pay in 30 days)
You can either OPEN or SAVE the file or "*.exe" However,
unless you know how to find it after you save it, just OPEN it and that
will automatically install the program on your computer (and associate
the PDF extension with Adobe, thus eliminating the need for you to do
Version 7.0 installs somewhat differently (in stages), but just follow
Also see: File extensions
To check / change your
"ASSOCIATION type" do the following: (
On the Desktop, or in Windows Explorer, right-click the My
- Select the menu choice Open.
- In the My Computer window, open the View menu and select
- Open the File Types tab.
Scroll and look for PDF File in the list
of different file types (alphabetically ordered) like in the image
Make sure to select ADOBE Acrobat as the program
to open PDF files. (more detail below)
You can also go to
EXPLORER and click TOOLS, FOLDER OPTIONS, FILE TYPES.
Modifying the actions
of a file type:
- Locate the file extension
you wish to modify and highlight it (PDF -- as seen above).
Press the letter "p"
on your keyboard and the list will automatically jump (scroll) down to
the first listing that begins with the letter "p". If not, you
locate the file extension by placing your cursor anywhere within the
window under "Registered File Types" and clicking once on any of the
listings there. (That locks the cursor in in the window.)
Press the letter "p" on your keyboard and the list will automatically
jump (scroll) down to the first listing that begins with the letter
Continue to scroll down
until the PDF extension appears in the window. Click on it to
highlight it if it is not already highlighted and make sure that it is
set to open with Adobe Acrobat Reader. If not, follow the next
- Click the "Edit" or
- Select Adobe Acrobat under the "Recommended Programs". If
not immediately visible, scroll down until you find it. If you do
not find it, press the browse button and that should help you locate
it. If you can't it that way, just click your START button (lower
left-hand side of your screen in Windows) and use the SEARCH feature to
locate Adobe. Then go back to the Folder Options window above and
browse to that location.
Hope this helps.
For a while Version 5.05 was the latest version that
was truly FREE and you won't need anything more sophisticated than
that, if that's what you have and you want to keep using it.
However, for you computer buffs (or those who may wish to update an
earlier version), you can go here
for updates and/or