The Reader is a utility program that works inside your
browser, but it can also be used independently offline. If you do not already have
it, you should install Acrobat Reader software before you attempt to download or view PDF
files. Click on the button below to download the application from the Adobe web site.
Viewing and Printing Files. Once Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on your
computer, you are ready to view PDF files. Simply click on the hyperlink to a PDF file to
view it. Depending on your web browser, you may need to save the PDF file on your
hard drive and open it with the Acrobat Reader offline. However, most web browsers
will automatically start Adobe Acrobat Reader and display PDF files in the browser window
(called "in-line" viewing). In this mode, the Acrobat toolbar appears on
your screen below the web browser toolbar. When in-line viewing is used, you must use the
Acrobat toolbar to zoom, print, or find text. For example, to print a PDF document
while viewing it "in-line," use the printer icon from the Adobe toolbar, not
the browser's printer icon or menu choice.
Saving Documents. On some browsers, when you click on a link to a
PDF file you are offered the choice to either "open" or "save" a PDF
file. The "Save" choice opens up a "Save as" dialog box. If your
browser does not present this option, try right-clicking on the link. With some browsers
and operating systems the right mouse click on a link opens a menu which
includes the option to "Save link as" or "Save target as".
Saving the PDF file on your hard drive (as a ".pdf" file) and opening it
independently with Acrobat Reader is probably the best way of viewing, searching, and
printing the large amount of GCBS data in the PDF files on this web site. When you
run Adobe Acrobat Reader as a separate program, you also have the benefit of seeing a more
complete menu of Acrobat commands and toolbar icons.
Searching Documents. You can search or find text within a PDF document by
clicking on the binoculars on the toolbar (or, choose "Find" from the
Changing Documents. The free Acrobat Reader cannot be used to edit or
create (write) files in PDF format. Adobe sells a separate program, Adobe Acrobat, that creates
files for the Reader. However, you can easily copy PDF graphics and text using
Acrobat Reader and paste them into another program to create customized documents.
The original PDF document creator can employ security settings that do not allow you to
copy, change, or even print the PDF document -- the GCBS Archives files do not have any
password-protected security settings.
Copying Portions of Documents. To copy text, click on the "text
select" tool on the Acrobat Reader tool bar. Then simply mark the text that you
want with your mouse and use the standard copy (CRTL "C") and paste (CTRL
"V") commands to transfer the text to another software application on your
computer. To copy images, click on the text select tool and hold the mouse
button down. A small menu will appear, containing an image select tool. Click
on that, and proceed to select, copy and paste in the usual fashion. Text selected
with the image select tool will be converted to an image once it's pasted into the other
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