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Adobe Reader and Portable Document Format (PDF)

What is Adobe Reader?

Adobe Reader is a free viewer from Adobe Systems Inc., which you will need in order to view and print documents provided in PDF (Portable Document Format).

What is PDF?

PDF is widely used for distributing documents, as a single standard format which is independent of the software packages originally used to create those documents. For example, UCL's online past exam papers, and many electronic journal articles are provided as PDF files.

Where can I get Adobe Reader?

If you are using a computer managed by UCL Information Services Division, e.g. WTS, then Adobe Reader is already installed on that computer.

For other computers, the latest version of Adobe Reader is available to download free of charge from the Adobe website. Simply click on the Adobe Reader logo below to go to the download page, and follow the instructions. If you have an older version of Adobe Reader on your PC, you may wish to upgrade it by following the same instructions.

Get Adobe Reader

How do I use Adobe Reader?

Adobe Reader should start automatically whenever you choose to open a PDF document, but you may be prompted by your web browser to confirm that you want to open the document with Adobe Reader. Depending on which web browser you use, Adobe Reader may either open within the browser window, or as a separate window.

What about accessibility issues?

Adobe provides information on its website about improving access to its products for people with visual disabilities.

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