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Take a tour of Acrobat XI, compare its three editions, and get a fresh look at what you can do with Acrobat. This course demonstrates the basics of working with PDFs: how to create, combine, edit, export, and review documents. Author Claudia McCue also shows how PDFs integrate with Microsoft Office applications and introduces the basics of working with forms.
When you install Adobe Acrobat it puts PDF Maker into the Microsoft Office products, and that gives you a direct method for creating a PDF. If you're using some of the Adobe programs, they can create PDFs directly too, but there are some programs that don't have a way to directly create a PDF, so how do you make a PDF? Now as long as you have Acrobat installed on your system, you can do it through the print process. So here I just use Notepad as an example. Under File > Print, when I go to Print, you'll find that Acrobat installs this Adobe PDF Printer.
So when I choose that as my target, I can choose some Preferences here, and generally speaking, you're going to be fine with these default settings, the Standard Setting, and I probably don't want to put any security on it. But notice how extensive this is, and that's because this is an Adobe process. It's actually using Acrobat engine in order to make this PDF. So when I click OK and then I hit the Print, it's going to ask me where to save it. I'm just going to put it on my desktop and click Save, and there's my PDF.
It's not fancy, but at least now I have a PDF that my colleague has requested out of just that simple text file. So remember that in the future. If you're called upon to make a PDF, but you're working in an application that doesn't have a direct method for creating PDFs, as long as Acrobat is installed on your system, you can see that Adobe PDF Printer in your Print dialog box and then you can make a PDF.
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