Working with PDF Files

The article below outlines the differences between Adobe's free and paid .PDF applications. It also provides 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 (we recommend declining the offers of free antivirus software). 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

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).

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

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.

Accessibility Considerations

PDF files may not be accessible to all users. We recommend reviewing these guidelines if any of your readers may need online viewing accommodations:

http://ncdae.org/resources/cheatsheets/pdf.php

Questions?

Faculty & PhD Students:  Academic Distributed Representatives (login required)

Staff: Administrative Support

Students: Wharton Computing Student Support