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Install Adobe Reader

Before you can view some of the Young Diggers fact sheets and documents you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

On this page:

  • About PDF documents
  • FREE download from Adobe
  • Using Adobe Reader 
  • Printing PDFs 
  • Searching PDFs 
  • Alternative PDF readers

About PDF documents

Some content on the Young Diggers website is provided in Adobe PDF (portable document format).

PDF documents are used for electronic distribution because they preserve the look and feel of the original document, complete with fonts, colours, images, and layout. They can also be used across many different types of computers and browsers and are a good format for downloading and printing.

FREE download from Adobe

You will need Adobe Reader (or another brand of PDF reader) on your system in order to view and print PDF files. Acrobat Reader is available free to download from the Adobe website.

  • Click here to go to the Adobe website to download Adobe Reader.

Follow the steps of the on-screen instructions to download the set-up program for Adobe Acrobat Reader to your computer.

Alternatively, you might prefer to use a copy of the program on one of the CDs distributed by computer magazines.

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Young Diggers makes no recommendation about Adobe or any of its products. The information on this page is provided solely for the information of those unfamiliar with PDF files and who might benefit from some assistance in obtaining the free Acrobat Reader offered by Adobe on its website.

Accessibility of PDFs

PDF file standards have improved over the years and have become more accessible through technologies like screen readers, keyboard navigation and enhanced screen viewing. The Adobe site provides information on how best to use these features. Note: You might come across earlier versions of PDF files which are not so accessible.

  • Click here for information on using accessible PDF documents with Adobe Reader 7.0 or later: A guide for people with disabilities.

Using Adobe Reader

Select or click on a link that points to a PDF document. Depending on your computer settings, the browser will:

  • go straight to the PDF document, which opens in the browser window and can be browsed online or printed, OR
  • open a 'dialogue box' that gives you the option of opening the PDF file from its present location for immediate viewing, or saving the file to your hard disk

If you save the file to your hard disk, it can be viewed any time without having to return to the website. Open Adobe Reader and choose 'File - Open...' then proceed as you would when opening any other type of document. Alternatively, you can double-click on the document to open it.

You can browse through the document onscreen, or print it so you have a paper copy. Alternatively, you might wish to print only a part of the document. See below for information about printing PDF documents.

Configuring your browser

You can configure your web browser to open PDF files either within the browser window or in a separate Adobe Reader window. There are detailed instructions on the Acrobat website on how to do so for different browsers:

  • Click here to configure Internet Explorer or AOL to display PDF files
  • Click here to configure Firefox and Mozilla to display PDF files

Printing PDF documents

To print a PDF document, choose one of:

  • the Printer button on the Adobe Reader toolbar
  • the Printer button on your web browser toolbar
  • 'File - Print ...' from the standard menu bar

Proceed as you would when printing any other type of document.

Beware large documents!

IMPORTANT: Before printing, take a note of the number of pages in the document as some PDF documents can be quite large. There is a page counter at the top or bottom of the Reader window (depending on the version) which tells you what page you're on and the total number of pages (e.g. 1 of 20).

Print settings

You can print all or part of a PDF document. After choosing one of the print methods referred to above, a 'dialogue box' titled Print or something similar will open on the screen. This gives you a number of printing options that will differ depending on your system configuration. Choose the print settings you wish.

At the least, there will be the option of printing the whole document, the current page or a selection of pages (e.g. pages from 4-10). You should also be able to select print quality. Note that if you have difficulty printing the document, try reducing the print quality (i.e. dots per inch or dpi), but note that this could affect the quality of any graphics in the document.

The dialogue box should also allow you to select the number of copies you want to print (default is usually 1), and whether to print to a new file on your hard drive, and/or shrink the contents of the screen document to fit the paper size in your printer. There may be other options available. If in doubt, try the online help in Reader by choosing the 'Help' (or 'Window' depending on version) drop-down menu on the Reader toolbar, or using the F1 key on your keyboard.

Searching PDFs

In an open PDF document, type your search term in the white search box in the Reader toolbar. The 'search engine' will look through the document for the word or phrase you have entered. If the word or phrase exists, each occurrence will be highlighted. Choose the forward (or back) arrows on the page icons next to the search box to move to the next (or previous) occurrence of your term.

Alternative PDF readers

Adobe Reader is by far the most popular PDF viewer but there are several other viewers available for download that will allow you to view and print PDF documents on a variety of platforms and systems. The following sites may help:

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