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Downloading and using Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0


Adobe Acrobat Reader is a portable document format (PDF) reader. Unlike most computer files, PDF files are page, platform, application and device-independent. It doesn't matter what kind of computer you're using, or whether or not you have the original application used to create the file on your computer. Documents created in PDF retain the original look and feel of their paper-based counterparts. Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free plug-in application with which you can view, search, and print PDF files exactly as they were designed on the original platform and application.

Note: Adobe Acrobat Reader is for viewing only. You cannot make changes to a PDF document or enter information on a form using this application.


  • Download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0.
  • Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF documents.


  1. Review Basic Terms as necessary.
  2. Review Step-by-Step instructions for downloading and installing Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0.
  3. Download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0.
  4. Review Tips for using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  5. Complete Activities.
  6. Review Resources.

Basic Terms


PDF (portable document format) is a universal document-publishing format used to create and translate high quality documents into electronic format for distribution over computer networks, such as the Internet. The format preserves the original appearance of a document, including graphs and charts, by maintaining its appearance regardless of the computer or the printer used. PDF documents can be viewed and printed (but not modified) by virtually any computer using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.


plug-in applications are programs that can be downloaded and installed as part of your web browser. These supplementary programs allow your browser to play sound (if you have a sound card and speakers connected to your computer), video, and other functions. Once downloaded these applications are automatically recognized and opened by your browser when needed. If you visit a web site or attempt to access a linked file within a web page that needs a plug-in that your browser does not have, your browser will prompt you and provide a URL for accessing the needed application.


Step-by-Step Instructions for downloading and installing Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0.


We have created several Acrobat demos that illustrate various Adobe Acrobat Reader functions. When you click on the "Acrobat demos" link a new browser window will open displaying a menu of eight Adobe Acrobat Reader help demonstrations. The help demonstrations are short Flash movies. Note: you need the Macromedia Flash Player plug-in installed on your computer to view these demonstrations. Acrobat instructions are also available in html format.



  1. Download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  2. Click on the following link to open a PDF file:
    Title V Legislative History.
  3. If you have successfully installed Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, the document should automatically open. Practice navigating through the PDF file using the buttons on the Adobe Acrobat Reader toolbar.
  4. Practice downloading and navigating through more PDF documents by visiting the web sites listed in the Resources section below.


Listed below are web sites containing PDF documents that may be of interest to you.

  • Institute for Child Health Policy, Obtaining Quality Managed Care for Children with Disabilities or Chronic Illnesses: A Resource Guide
  • MCHB, Title V Program State Narratives
  • Children's Defense Fund, Advocate Resources
  • National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse (NMCHC), Full Text Publications
  • US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Healthy People 2010, Conference Edition

last update 8/23/03