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PDF Tips

You will find that there are many PDF (Portable Document Format) files on this website. This document provides information on PDF files: what they are, how to open them and how to search them.

1. What is a PDF?

The PDF file format is a common Internet file format and is used throughout this website.

It's used for electronic distribution because it preserves the look and feel of the original document complete with fonts, colours, images, and layout. It allows us to share documents with anyone, using free Adobe Reader software and across many different types of computers and browsers. It is commonly used for government publications, leaflets and forms.

2. How do I open a PDF File?

To open a PDF file you can either:

download a free program called Acrobat Reader and install it onto your computer; or

3. Are PDF files accessible?

PDF file standards have improved over the years and have become more accessible through technologies like screen readers, navigation through the keyboard and enhanced screen viewing. The Adobe site provides information on how best to use these features. You may come across earlier versions of PDF files that are not so accessible.

4. How do I search a PDF file?

When you open a PDF file an Acrobat toolbar will appear, featuring a number of tools to help you view and search the document. The Search tool will search the document for a word or phrase, bookmarks, and data fields in documents.