About PDF Files
What is a PDF file?
Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format developed by Adobe Systems, Inc. and is created using their Adobe Acrobat software. This format allows files to be viewed online and printed with the exact document layout that the original author intended, regardless of the platform or browser that people use. PDF files are used throughout our site, especially in the MTL section, particularly when reproducing documents that were originally intended for print publication.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view a PDF file. This software is FREE, and is so commonly used that it may already be loaded on your computer. If you encounter problems while trying to download a PDF file, you may want to go to the Adobe web site to download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you are using a relatively new browser (Netscape or Internet Explorer 4.0 and above), the PDF file should download directly into your browser. Older versions may prompt you first, asking whether to save or view the file. If you click on a PDF link and a window pops up requesting that you select a program with which to view the file, you probably don't have Adobe Reader loaded on your computer yet.
How do I navigate a PDF file?
To jump from page to page:
Use the scroll bar, or navigate using the page numbers at the bottom of the screen where it says "1 of 5" or something similar. The arrow to the right of this area jumps you to the next page, the arrow to the left of this area jumps you to the previous page.
To jump to a specific numbered page:
To increase magnification:
In the bottom left corner of the screen you should see a percentage like "124%". This is the magnification of the page. It can be changed either by typing a new percentage over it and hitting "enter" on the keyboard, or by clicking the down arrow to the right of the percentage and choosing a setting from the list that appears.
Other magnification methods involve using the magnification icon. Select the magnifying glass symbol (zoom tool) located on the toolbar at the top of the screen, it is next to the hand tool. Choose one of the following:
To find specific text: