PDFs are probably the most common way for us to look at documents, especially here on campus where we need journal articles to do research. Unfortunately, PDFs bring a host of problems, especially here on campus. This first part of a two part blog series will hopefully offer some guidance when a PDF just won’t show itself to you.
The first thing to consider when a PDF won’t display on the screen is what program you’re trying to view it from. Are you trying to view the PDF in a browser, such as FireFox, Internet Explorer, or Chrome?
You probably are trying to view it in a browser if you’re accessing the file from an email attachment or a web link, or if you clicked on anything that said “PDF Full Text.”
So what can you do? There are two quick tricks that could easily solve your problem.
1 – Save the PDF to the desktop or another easy-to-find location and open the file in Adobe Reader from there, or
2 – Try opening the file in a different browser. It’s pretty common for FireFox to give you a hard time with PDFs. You can usually just copy and paste the URL into the other browser and view the PDF just fine.
If neither of those solutions work, I suggest you grab one of the helpful IU librarians. Someone in the library (or computer lab) should be able to help you out, although not every problem has a solution…
I hope this helps. In Part II we’ll give you some tips on getting your PDFs to print. Stay tuned!