PDFs in Windows 8

Recently, a number of people have asked for help with opening, viewing, and editing .pdf documents, so here is your solution.

Since the beginning of the year, many of us have been frustrated when we click to open a .pdf on a school computer when suddenly it completely takes over the screen surrounded with a seemingly inescapable ominous blackness.


The problem here is that Windows 8 is set up with a default program called Reader, which is a .pdf reader. It allows you to read the .pdf, but that’s about it.

So you will need to tell your computer to open .pdf documents with a different app, Adobe Acrobat, if you want to be able to read, edit, comment, rename, and any other function that you usually do with a .pdf.

Watch this video for instructions.

By the way, AAS faculty & staff can now log in to Adobe Creative Cloud and download Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and the rest of the professional level software from Adobe. More details on that soon. If you want to get started right away, ask Paul or Devin.