Adobe Reader User Guide

Adobe Reader 8 User’s Guide

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Would you like to learn more about how to use Adobe Reader 8.0? Do you feel comfortable with how to use Adobe Reader to view your PDF documents?

You can download the free Adobe Reader 8 software and begin using Adobe to view, print, search, sign, verify and even collaborate on PDF documents.

You can do this online as well as offline and you can even do it more securely than ever before.

There are many great new features crammed into the upgraded version of Adobe Reader but don’t let that make you nervous. You can learn how to use these in a breeze. The program even comes with a built-in tutorial program to help you through it step by step.

It’s really easy to figure out how to use the Adobe Reader/Acrobat program because it comes with its own user’s manual. This manual is designed in an Adobe PDF file that you need Acrobat Reader to read. The program itself is literally a tutorial to help you figure out how to use the program.

So, are you ready to get started?

Install the Latest Version

First, you need to have Adobe Reader version 8.0. You can tell which version of Adobe Reader you have when you open the program or by going to the program Properties menu.

If you do not have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can get it here at our site.

The download process is really simple.  Depending on your connection speed, it will take a few minutes to download the latest version onto your computer. Once the download is complete, it will ask you to install.  This will also take a few moments.

Next you will need to agree to the Adobe End User License Agreement which you can see open in the shot below.

Next, you will be taken to the Setup screen which may also take a few moments as well.

Below is a shot with the last two things opened:

Now that you have Adobe Reader 8.0 installed on your computer, you can open the program and begin using it right away. If you have a PDF document that you want to read or view, you can do so by opening it now with this program.

PDF stands for portable document format and it allows you to capture information on any computer anywhere and send that information to anyone else anywhere in the world. If they have Adobe Reader, they can view your information that is contained in your PDF file. It is also trusted, reliable and secure so you can see why billions of people PDF and Adobe to save and view their files.

Some people feel overwhelmed by the technology and may not understand how to use the program. Adobe has worked hard to make the Adobe Reader as simple as possible to use and has even given you some great free tools to help you learn. If you have never used an Adobe Reader program before, the first thing you might want to do is open the Acrobat Reader Guide.

When you open the program, you can find the user’s guide at the Help Menu. The guide itself is in the “Adobe Help Viewer” and will open separately for you to view. The help viewer also has a full, easy to navigate menu to help you find what you need to know about using Adobe Reader.

You can see the opening page and menu of this help guide below:

Adobe Acrobat Reader Guide Menu

Adobe Reader 8.0 has a special guide called “Beyond Adobe Reader” which you should see the first time you load the program. This guide will go into detail for you with all the things that you can do with your Adobe Reader program.  If you want to learn how to use Adobe Reader to its maximum potential, you really need to view this guide.

So how do you navigate inside the Adobe Reader program?

Adobe Reader has a very simple toolbar at the top similar to that used in word processing programs such as Microsoft Word. It is very easy to scroll through the File, Edit and other menus and see your options.

In Adobe Acrobat Reader, when you use your toolbar at the top of the screen to maximize the viewing area, you can see the document at full-page size, like this:

You can then maximize that even more if you want to by using the Zoom feature. Get as close up as you need to be to make out fine detail or view certain points.

Navigating Your Document

How can you sort through the different pages of a document? There are different ways of doing this.

  1. You can open the document and you can go through it page by page using the up and down arrows on the right-hand side of the screen and your mouse.
  2. Or you can use your mouse wheel and the hand tool and scroll through the pages one at a time.
  3. Alternatively, you can use the Table of Contents to skip directly to a specific part of the file.

You can see from these shots above the menu in your left hand side of the screen. This will be your Table of Contents for the document you are viewing.

You can skip to a particular chapter or section of the document by clicking on it. It works like a hyperlink and will scroll your viewing area down to that section immediately. This allows you to quickly and accurately scan documents for what you need.

Because Adobe is made to be secure, you will not be able to edit and save changes to a PDF file you are viewing unless the original owner of that file has given you permission to do so. You can, however, save the file in its original version somewhere on your computer.

Take Time to Explore More

Adobe has packed its best of technology into its recent version of Adobe Reader. Adobe Reader can do more now than ever before and is easier to use. If you want in on a whole new way of viewing, storing and sharing documents and presentations, you should look into Adobe Reader today.

Adobe Reader does so many great things that it is hard to cover it all in such a short tutorial but it is well worth your time and effort to visit the “Beyond Adobe Reader” page and see all the great features you can do with this program.

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