Business Information Technology Services
|PDF Forms Do Not Need Microsoft Word or WordPerfect
to be Viewed
They do REQUIRE
Adobe Acrobat Reader, a freely distributed
program available over the internet. You can find the Acrobat Reader available
for many platforms: Windows (all flavors), Macintosh, OS2, UNIX (Solaris, HP,
Most everyone on campus has the Reader software on their computer already, so
it is not necessary to download the software. If you find that you do not have
the software, please let the campus help desk know
and they can help you contact your tech support personnel to have the software loaded on your computer.
Please talk with your
Tech Suport Person before downloading and installing
this (or any) software.
|'Fill-out and Print' Mode
After opening a PDF form, click the cursor on the
form where the first field is located (the hand turns into the insertion bar).
After you have done this, use the Tab key to move from field to field.
The form should calculate automatically. If not, please let us know at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have filled
out the form, choose Menu command: 'File' and then 'Print'. (but you already
knew that didn't you!)
Our next step will be a 'Fill-out and Save the data' form, but that's
down the road.
You can use the forms within your browser or save
them to your hard drive.
To save to your hard drive:
Windows: right mouse button click
Macintosh: click and hold for a second,
on the link and the 'context sensitive menu' will
Click on "Save Link As...." or "Save
Target As...." (depending on which browser you use)
and save it to your hard disk. Realize that if you save the form to you disk,
you may not have the latest form. Please check back to these pages often and
download the latest forms.
The hardest part is understanding where the browser has just saved this file.
If you have questions, please contact your Tech Support department first.
We have noticed that certain computers will open the form in the browser,
while other computers will open the form in Acrobat Reader directly. There really
is no difference between the two, and if it happens to you, you are not missing
out on any functionality.