Working with PDF Files

The article below outlines the differences between Adobe's free and paid PDF applications, as well as providing instructions on how to export a word document as a PDF.

Available Software

Adobe Reader

While there are plenty of variants to the Adobe Suite, we suggest the free-to-use Adobe Reader. It doesn't allow you to edit PDF files, but it will allow you to view them and is considered the standard software to do so.

Adobe Acrobat Pro

Faculty, Staff, and PhD Students:

For questions regarding Adobe Acrobat Pro access, please reach out to your IT support representative.

Adobe Acrobat Pro is the paid version of Adobe Reader. This software provides extensive tools to edit, create, and manage PDF files. Adobe Acrobat Pro is available on any of the Wharton Public Computers (as a desktop shortcut) or via Virtual Lab (Students).

Creating PDFs

If you are using a recent version of Microsoft Office, you can create PDFs by exporting the word document you are working on.

  1. From the Application, click File > Save as Adobe PDF.

  2. Choose a location to save the file and click Save.


Faculty & PhD Students:  Academic Distributed Representatives

Staff: Administrative Support

Students: Wharton Computing Student Support