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Searching for PDFs on the web

Given the sheer amount of content on the web these days, it can be useful to
filter results based on file format. In this PDF article, Dan Shea has a quick
look at a recently released PDF-only search engine, explains how to find PDFs
quickly using Google, and briefly compares the two.

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Best Acrobat keyboard shortcuts — a handy list

Acrobat is a powerful program with a lot of features. Unfortunately, this can mean that it can also take a little while to find the features that you want via the classic mouse-based approach. To help users get the most out of Acrobat, PDFforLawyers.com’s Ernest Svenson has made a list of his favorite keyboard shortcuts — downloadable as a PDF, of course.

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Problem when printing PDF and page comes out grey?

After a question from one of his readers, PDFforLawyers.com’s Ernest Svenson seeks to resolve what seems to be a common problem with printing PDF documents and having them improperly come out gray. He explores the issue in this article.

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Shortcut for fast PDF page navigation

Of all the shortcuts you need to know, being able to quickly jump to a particular page in a PDF is most important. Let’s say you have a 43 page PDF and you’re reviewing it with someone by phone. They ask you to jump to page 30, and you’re on page 1. How quickly can you jump to page 30?

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Two really useful shortcuts in Acrobat

Spending the time to learn shortcuts will help you get the most out of any
software, and that’s especially true of Acrobat. Here’s a quick tip from
PDFforLawyers.com’s Ernest Svenson that makes use of two important shortcuts.

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Convert and combine different files in Acrobat

One neat thing about PDF is its ability to represent content from disparate sources, such as images, formatted text content, spreadsheets and graphs — and that’s not even mentioning the multimedia or 3D options. In fact, it’s a simple matter to combine a collection of PDFs or other files into a single, self-contained PDF.

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Rotating PDF pages in Acrobat

When you compile a PDF from multiple sources, you might find that some of the pages are sideways or inverted when you try to view them on-screen. Never fear! Acrobat can be used to rotate individual pages within a PDF document.

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Simplest PDF creation with Acrobat

Sometimes, you just want to convert a file into a PDF document — fast. With Acrobat, the task can be as simple as right-clicking. While this doesn’t work with all file types, it is perfect for use with text files, Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, HTML files, image files and various other file formats.

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Custom stamps in Acrobat

By default, Adobe Acrobat allows users to place various standard stamps on your documents such as ‘Approved’, ‘Declined’ or ‘Accepted’. That said, you can also create your own custom stamps. Using this option, you can take a logo or other image from another application and turn it into a custom stamp. Once created, you can apply it to any PDF document in Acrobat.

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Optimizing PDF documents in Acrobat

PDF is a great format for document delivery. With a little know-how, it allows you to send compact documents with the confidence that they will be faithfully displayed on your recipients’ systems. What you might not know is that Acrobat includes a ‘PDF Optimization’ feature that can reduce file sizes even further. It can be used to adjust image compression settings or remove potentially unnecessary document elements such as comments, bookmarks or links.

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