Downloading and Printing PDFs
- Get yourself to a course page and click on the PDF file you want to download. (For help using the ERes system, see the Information For Students page.)
- If Adobe Acrobat is not already loaded, you should see the Acrobat startup screen for a few seconds.
- The first page of the document should appear in a new window.
- When the document has downloaded in its entirety, click on the print icon or select File / Print to print the document. (How will you know if the document has finished downloading? The surest way to tell is to try jumping to the final page of the document (you can do this by using the Last Page control near the bottom of the window). If you can't see the final page, the document is still downloading.)
If you are trying to download PDFs to a non-Library computer, you will need to make sure you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. (Adobe makes this very easy—you can download the Acrobat Reader for free at their website.)
Once you have Acrobat installed, you may find that your browser (FireFox or Internet Explorer, for example) doesn't open the PDF file automatically. Instead, you may be asked if you want to open the file or save it to disk. The safer choice is saving the file to your hard disk—assuming you will be able to find the file after you save it. (If you need help with this, come see us!) Open Acrobat Reader, select File / Open, find the file on your disk, highlight it, and click Open. You should now be able to view and print the document.