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Safari can also open and read PDF files. Though it's no Preview in this regard, it natively has a few talents worth examining, and you can add to those talents with a simple download. First of all, let's find a PDF file on the web. One way to do that is to search for W-2 form. Here we have one from the IRS. Now, I'll select Form W-2, and that comes to me as a PDF file, as you can tell by the name and of file.
And there's our form. So if you place your cursor at the bottom of the page, you can see some tools pop up. First, you have zoom tools. So, zoom in and you can zoom out. You can also open it in Preview. And then once in Preview, I could print this out. And also, there's the option to download the form. You can also drag PDF files into a Safari window to open them. So I can do that by going to my Documents folder.
I'll select a PDF file, drag it into Safari, and here it is. Again, if you go to the bottom of the window you have these same options. So you have your zoom controls, Preview, and then Download. In this case, of course you don't need to download it because you already have a copy. If you're saying to yourself, "Gee, that all seems kind of limited," you're right, it is. But there are some other tools you can use to enhance the PDF experience.
So for example, if you install a copy of Adobe's free Acrobat Reader, you can then access a PDF file in Safari and you'll have a lot more controls. So I'll go ahead a grab a copy now. I'll click on my Downloads folder, open that, I'll run the installer, and it's installed. To be on the safe side, I'll quit Safari, launch it again.
Let's look again for our W-2 file. Open it. Now that the Adobe Reader is installed, I need to agree to its terms, because we're going to be using its inline reader within Safari. And open it up. Now as you see, once I've installed Adobe Reader, I don't have those limited tools that I had in Safari. Instead, I have a series of other tools.
So I can expose a side bar for exporting my PDF file. I can also convert it to Microsoft Word, Excel, or Rich Text Format. I can use Adobe's Create PDF Format. In some cases, I can sign a form electronically. I can save it to my computer. I can print it. I can email it. I can navigate using these navigation controls. I can zoom in and out, and so on.
Again, Safari's no Preview or even Acrobat Reader, but it does provide you with a way to view and, at the very least, download your PDF files.
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