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VolunteerToday.com ~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism

TECH TIPS
with Michael Lee Stills

Learn tips and hints to use a variety of electronic and technical equipment to enhance work with volunteers.

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~August 2003~ Topics
 

Reading Portable Documents Format (.pdf) Documents

Many people and organizations are using Portable Documents Format or .pdf files these days. Perhaps you received a file with the .pdf extension but were not able to open it. If this was the case, you may be in need of the free Adobe Reader software. You can get it at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

Adobe's .pdf files are normal files that have been converted into a graphic-like file that anyone can read using the People looking at computer ImageAdobe Reader. For example, perhaps someone has sent you a wonderful Volunteer Brochure that was created in MS Publisher. You would need to have MS Publisher to read it. And you would likely have the ability to modify and change it. However, if they used Adobe Acrobat to convert the brochure into a .pdf file, they retain the look of the brochure and retain the ability of your being able to view it and print it as they intended it to be used.

If this sounds like something you would like to be able to do, then look into purchasing Adobe Acrobat. It may just open a world of electronic marketing for you. Check it out here: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/main.html.

Quick Tip: Searching with Quotation Marks

When using more than one word during an Internet Search, try using quotation marks ("  ") around your group of words or phrases.

Announcer ImageFor example: If you used the words Virtual Volunteers you would get back search results that included just Virtual and Volunteers. However, if you put quotation marks around the words, as in "Virtual Volunteers," you would only get search results that included the words Virtual Volunteers next to each other.

Check it out for yourself using the Google Search on the Volunteer Today site.


Do you know of a better way? Or do you have any questions?
Drop me a note at Michael@MichaelStills.com

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