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Introduction to PDF

Adobe Acrobat 7.0: How To

What are PDF files? Why are they useful? When would you use them?

PDF stands for Portable Document Format; portable because unlike, for instance, Word documents, which require a copy of Microsoft Word to be purchased and installed on your system, PDFs are easily accessible for anyone who downloads and installs the free Acrobat Reader.

In addition to their portability, PDFs have a number of advantages over other document formats:

Create a PDF from MS Word 2003

Adobe Acrobat 7.0: How To

Create a PDF/A document from an MS Word document (eThesis)

A common way of creating PDF documents is by converting another document format into a PDF. This option has the inherent advantages of both creating a fully searchable PDF from the beginning, as well as generating a finished PDF with an optimally small filesize. You will need a computer with copies of Adobe Acrobat and MS Word installed.

Brief procedures


Create a PDF/A document from a licensed copy of MS Word 2007

  • Download and install the Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS Add-in (already installed on Library computers).
  • Open your document in Microsoft Word.
  • Click on the Office button (upper left corner), scroll down to Save as and select the PDF or XPS option.
  • In the next dialog box, click on the Options but

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