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How To Add a PDF File to a Website

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Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) is a great way to display documents that need to be printed, but might be too complex for a web page. Learn how easy it is to include a PDF file on your site.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Create your PDF file using Adobe Acrobat or other PDF printer.
  2. Upload your PDF file to your hosting server. If you have a lot of PDF files, it's best to keep them in a separate directory from your HTML files.
  3. Link to your PDF file as you would any other file:
    <a href="acrobat_file.pdf">pdf file</a>

Tips:

  1. It's a good idea (although not required) to link to the Acrobat Reader Web site http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html
  2. Use Acrobat files for documents you don't want people to be able to edit.

What You Need

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • HTML editor
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