How to Download PDFs

Do you need to download a PDF file you've found online for later reference? PDFs are specially formatted documents that need specialized software in order to open them. Downloading a PDF file to your computer should only take a few moments, unless the PDF contains a lot of images. See Step 1 below to learn how.


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    Download a free PDF reader. You will need a PDF reader to open the PDF files once it has been downloaded. You can download Adobe Reader for free from the Adobe website, which will be suitable for most uses. There are also a variety of third-party reader programs which may contain extra features.
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    Find the PDF that you want to download. Make sure that the PDF file opens full screen as part of its own page, instead of part of another page.
    • Click the "Save Disk" that is found on the window at the bottom right toolbar to save the file on your computer.
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    • Choose the location where you want to save the file.
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    • Some websites will have links to downloadable PDF files much like any other downloadable file. You can download these like you would any other file online.
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    Click "Save". This will save the PDF file to your hard drive in the location you have specified.
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    Open your PDF reader. If you are running it for the first time, it may need to complete the setup process.
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    Open the PDF file. Click "File", "Open", then search for the PDF file that you just saved on your computer. Once you've located the file, select and open it using your PDF viewer.
    • You can also open the file by navigating to it on your computer and double-clicking it.
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    Start reading the PDF. Browse through your PDF document as you would normally do with other files. PDF readers to dot allow you to edit PDF files. If you want to alter the PDF you'll need to use a more powerful program, which typically cost money.

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