What is PDF?


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Will you please explain what a pdf file is and when and what it is used for? 

I don’t have a clue and am still trying to learn all these computer terms.

I love your newsletter and have learned a great deal since subscribing.

Thank you, Donna

Dear Donna,

PDF files are Portable Document Format files that are usually created in a program called Adobe Acrobat.

Writers like to publish their documents in this format because anyone can download the free reader program and use it to view the documents.

If you come across a PDF document, you can view it using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this program installed, you can go to 


and download the program free of charge.

If you need to create your own PDF documents, there are quite a few programs that will convert files for you. My favorite way to create PDF files is to use PagePlus X3 to both create files and save them in the PDF format.

If you have a PagePlus document that you want to save as a PDF file, just follow these directions:

1. Open the document in PagePlus.

2. Click on “File” in the menu bar.

3. Click on “Publish as PDF” in the file menu.

4. Click “OK” in the dialog box that appears.

5 Select the location you want to save your PDF file to, and type a name for the file and click the “Save” button to save your document as a PDF file.

6. Your new PDF file will open up in Adobe Acrobat Reader for you to look at.



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