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Chapter 1. Getting Your Bearings > Opening and Saving Documents

Opening and Saving Documents

Unlike most programs you may have experience with, you won’t find a “New” command in the File menu. You don’t create blank documents in Acrobat and then add content as you would with many programs. Instead, you open existing PDF documents, or create new ones in several ways.

The only type of document that opens instantly in Acrobat is a PDF, but Acrobat can convert many types of documents automatically when you open them by choosing File > Open. For example, if you open a Microsoft Word document in Acrobat 7, it goes through an automatic conversion process before the file is displayed as a PDF. You can also use the Create PDF Task button’s commands for creating a PDF in a variety of ways (Figure 1.11). The options include creating a PDF from a file, from multiple files, from a scanner, or from a Web page. You can also create a PDF from a snapshot (From Clipboard Image in the drop-down menu), which is a selected area of the document pane that is copied to the system clipboard.


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