TECH TIP: Create a PDF File
If you want to send a file as an attachment, you have to be sure that the person receiving the file has the program you used to create the file. For example, if you create a Microsoft Word file to send as an attachment, you must be sure that the person receiving the file also has Microsoft Word. Not everyone has Microsoft Word! (I didnít know that). Macintosh people typically donít have Microsoft Word, although it is available for Macs.
Or if you want to send a Microsoft Publisher file or a file from some other program that someone is likely not to have, what do you do?
Hereís the solution: Convert the file to an Acrobat Reader file sometimes called PDF files. Anyone using any platform (PC or MAC) can open a PDF file using the free Acrobat Reader program. (available here: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html )
So, how do you do that?
There are 2 ways
to create an Acrobat Reader file;
The website to
download this freeware program is:
You need to
download the program and install it on your computer.
After it is installed
on your computer, You are ready to make a PDF file.
Thatís it - you can now send that file to anyone and they will be able to open it with Acrobat Reader.
Another reason to send
Acrobat Reader files is that it prevents people from changing your document.
(They actually can hack into it with Adobe Acrobat or other programs like
Finally, If you donít have Microsoft Word and are looking for a word processor, check out this link. There are a variety of word processing programs here and many are compatible with Microsoft Word. Some are FREE.
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