PDF files

How do I view PDF files?

You can view PDF documents that are on the Internet using an Internet browser.

Instructions for documents in PDF format are explained in Hardware and software requirements. This includes information about the free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader program you can download.

What if part of the document is missing?

File size helps determine quality, downloading, and printing time of the finished product. We continue to work on making our files as compact as possible. One way of achieving this is to split large, multi-page documents into smaller segments, each with its own hyperlink. Please be alert to one title with several sets of pages listed.

For example:
Ross -- The pathogenesis of arteriosclerosis: perspective for the 1990's
Pages 801-804     (available only as PDF file, 7 pp. 3009 KB)
Pages 805-809     (available only as PDF file, 8 pp. 3611 KB)

Sometimes documents are missing part of the material due to the instructor only requesting part of the document be placed on reserve.

What if the material is too small to read?

The minimum and maximum zoom levels available depend on the current page size. In the lower left corner, you will see a percentage. This tells you if the page is at 100%, 170%, etc. Clicking on the down arrow next to the percentage allows you to change the size of the loaded page. Increase for ease of reading, decrease for ease of printing. Clicking the magnifying glass (zoom-in tool) on the top command bar, then clicking the page will also enlarge the page. Clicking the buttons on the tool bar that look like a page with a corner turned down, resizes the page as well.

How do I turn to the next page?

To go to another page, click the "Next Page" button in the top command bar or bottom status bar. To go to the previous page, click the "Previous Page" button in the command or status bar, or use the scroll bar along the side of the page.

How do I find specific words in my document?

To find specific words, click on the binoculars button (Find button) on the top command bar, or choose Edit, Find. Enter the word you are looking for in the text box. Select search options (match whole word only, match case, or find backwards) as necessary. Click Find. Acrobat Reader finds the next occurrence of the word.

My PDF document appears to be blank or will not load, how do I fix it?

If pages of your PDF document appear blank when viewed in an Internet browser, you may be using an early version of an Internet browser. Try upgrading to a newer version. (Note: The best Internet browser to use with Reserve materials is Netscape. Internet Explorer sometimes has problems with the Adobe Acrobat Reader program.)

If the web browser upgrade does not solve the problem, your Adobe Acrobat Reader may be an early version. Upgrade, or try saving the PDF file locally, and viewing it using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

File size helps determine quality, downloading, and printing time of the finished product. We continue to work on making our files as compact as possible.  Check the number of "KB" for that document. If the document is large it may take several minutes for the information to download.

Some PCs have firewalls, which may prevent PDF documents from displaying. Turning off or disabling the firewall protection may resolve this problem.

Is there a tutorial for the Acrobat Reader?

For tutorials, reader downloads, etc, see the Acrobat Reader Tutorial.

Are there any tools for the visually impaired user?

Adobe Acrobat Reader includes tools that help visually impaired users access Adobe PDF documents by converting PDF into simple HTML or ASCII text. Conventional screen-reading programs then synthesize the text as audible speech.

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