How to Open a PDF file

There is a free file to play with at the bottom of this page

Y’know, I searched the internet for some pictures of how to do this, typed in childish terms & asked for pictures pretending I was a 10 year old kid.

But, as ever, the internet is not dummy-friendly.

Which, when you think about it, is diabolical.

I know how to play with pdf files but nobody else in my household does - and that includes my husband, who knows how to fix computers, and my daughters who all use computers at work. Of course, when they read this page they will immediately get right down my neck!  But it’s true. They can log on to Facebook, download the Facebook Applications without thinking even ONCE about virus’s, but ask them to make a pdf file & they’re stuck.

I asked all of them recently that when I kick the bucket, who is going to carry on with my web sites, who is going to spend even 5 minutes trying to figure out what I do, who is going to learn how to update and publish pages? And which of them wants to inherit my knitting machines & all of the wool I’ve collected over the years? Makes me wonder sometimes - I mean, I built this website solely because I know that every machine knitter would like a copy of these books.  They’re priceless in the information, the patterns, the styles - nothing ever really goes out of fashion before it’s back again.

Anyway - when I’m gone I’m gone & it will be down their own guilt whether or not they want to bother with any of it - huh - they’d be banging on the door now if I was making loads of money!

So - how to open a pdf file:

You’ll come across lots of pdf files to open on the internet and the one thing I say to you now is

BEST NOT TO OPEN A PDF FILE DIRECTLY FROM A WEB PAGE

Why?

  • Because there is always the chance that what appears to be a genuine pdf file is in fact a virus, a trojan, an application that screws up your computer.
  • Because the file may have so many pages to it that you will spend the next hour waiting for the pages to load if it hasn’t immediately crashed your computer.
  • Because for some reason opening the files this way often damages them.

So what do I do?

  • Carefully point your mouse on the file and click the RIGHT hand side of it, of your mouse. Usually you will use the LEFT hand side of your mouse to click on pages, but this is one of those times when you RIGHT click.
  • A small box will open which gives you choices.
  • One choice is to OPEN the file. DONT - NOT YET.
  • Look a little further down the list & you will see SAVE TARGET AS... & that is what you click on to.
  • This will open your DOCUMENTS folder.  Click OK & the file will begin to download to your computer.
  • And that is from where you should open the file - where it is safe and secure. Instead of it taking an hour to load, it will open in seconds.

Ah - now you are asking me about Adobe Reader?

    This is a FREE and SAFE programme which you download from www.Adobe.com . And, I hasten to add, if you have an old version of the programme, you will need to update it.

    Some of you may still be wondering if Adobe is safe - easy way to find out is to look at some government web sites - they all use Adobe pdf files. Unlike many other programmes which are supposed to be safe, Adobe definitely IS safe.  (I once downloaded Internet Explorer, version 6, I think, and it totalled my computer - yet this was a download from Microsoft, who, of course, cannot be held responsible ... and that cost me $250 in repairs, THANK YOU BILL GATES)

     

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO TEST DOWNLOADING A PDF FILE FROM MY WEB SITE PLEASE CLICK BELOW FOR A FREEBEE. THE FILE IS ABOUT KNITTING YOKES.

The next question is how to print pages from PDF’s

    When you open a pdf file you will see on the left hand side the word FILE. This opens a list. Scroll down to PRINT.

In PRINT you are able to print

  • the current view,
  • print the current page,
  • print some of the pages or
  • print all of the pages;

IN THIS PRINT SECTION YOU WILL SEE PRINTING PREFERENCES:

In QUALITY

    you can choose how much ink you want to use. To save on ink I usually choose the Fast Print at the bottom. The average printing paper will be ok on Everyday, but you need good paper for the ink saturation for the top quality print.

In LAYOUT

    you can print the whole book starting with the first page or last page.  Before you email me to tell me that you cannot get the page to fit the paper, in LAYOUT you will also find Fit to Printer Margins.

In PROPERTIES

    you can go through to Color to print in Greyscale & choose Black Cartridge Only if you don’t have enough coloured ink left for the pictures.

In FEATURES

    you can print 1,2 or 4 pages to a sheet of paper

This is what I often do:

    Make a folder. Put the pdf file inside the folder.  Open the pdf file. Click FILE, then scroll down to SAVE AS, click JPEG, and then save the whole book as a set of pictures in the folder. Then, when you look inside that folder you will find it far easier to print off only the pages that you want without having to open the file to find them.

                  

Roger

 

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