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PDFs - Adobe Acrobat Files FAQs

What is a PDF?
How do I save a PDF to my computer?
How do I search within a PDF?
How do I print a PDF?

What is a PDF?

PDF stands for Portable Document Format and is an industry standard that allows documents to be distributed across multiple computer systems and always look the same. To access PDFs you will need the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available at http:///www.adobe.com/ Once installed, any PDFs you click will automatically open in Acrobat for you. On InfoNet, PDFs are designated with an icon with a red stripe.
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How do I search within a PDF?

To search within the text of a PDF you must use the search feature built into Adobe Acrobat (not your browser's search feature). The Acrobat search feature can be accessed by clicking on the icon of the binoculars or using Ctrl-F (Mac users can use Apple-F).

Please note that some older PDFs are image PDFs which means they're a photograph of the text and not true text. The text of these documents cannot be searched.
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How do I save a PDF to my computer?

To save a PDF you must use the save feature within Adobe Acrobat and not your browser's save feature. Click the icon of the disk or use Ctrl-S to save (Mac users can use Apple-S). A Save box will open and you will need to choose a location to save; give the file a name and make sure the extension is .pdf . For example: "USCISmemo080910.pdf"
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How do I print a PDF?

To print a PDF file, you must use the Adobe Acrobat print feature and not the browser's Print feature. Click the icon of the printer to print or use Ctrl-P (Mac users can use Apple-P).
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