Download & Install Adobe Reader
Many of the documents on this website have been published in portable document file (.pdf) format in order to insure that the document that you are viewing and printing is identical to the "hard" copy that we create, regardless of what browser your are using. This requires the one time downloading of a free "plug-in" or "reader" called the Adobe Reader.
It may help to print these instructions prior to going through the download and installation procedures.
- Download the Reader from the Adobe website. You will need to identify your computer's operating system and language in order to get the right Reader for your computer. Download the file to a directory on your computer and remember where you saved it.
- The file you will have downloaded is an "executable" installer, meaning that once you have downloaded it completely, you should be able to install it using the "File|Run" command, or by double-clicking on it in Windows Explorer (Windows operating system, 95 and newer).
- This should bring up an installation program which will guide you through the remainder of the installation. Once the installation is complete, the original file install can be deleted from the directory that it was downloaded to. If you have any problems with the download or installation of Adobe Reader, you can find some extra help at the Adobe Reader Troubleshooting Guide.
View portable document file (.pdf) with Adobe Reader
After you have installed the Reader, you can click on any of the links to Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf) files and they should open inside either your browser, or in the freestanding Acrobat Reader application.
When you select a .pdf file for viewing for the first time, you may be prompted to choose how to handle the file. For instance, in Netscape you may receive a dialog box labeled "Unknown File Type", with the options "More Info", "Pick App...", and "Save File".
Select "Pick App..." to configure the Adobe Reader as your "viewer" for this file type. The next dialog box will be titled "Configure External Viewer" and should show a "mime type" of "application/pdf".
Press the browse button, and select the directory where you saved the Adobe Reader. Highlight the Adobe application you have installed.
You have now associated the Portable Document Format file type with the Adobe Reader, so that each time your browser encounters this file type, it will automatically start up the Adobe "helper" application to allow you to read it.
Save .pdf file to your hard drive
To save a .pdf file for viewing later, once the Adobe Reader has been installed, right-click on the link to the selected document.
1. Netscape users - select "Save Link As"
2. Internet Explorer users - select "Save Target As"
3. Save the document to a floppy disk or location on your hard drive where it can be readily found.
4. Once saved, use Windows Explorer to locate and open the files.
Adobe Fillable forms instructions
Where indicated, Adobe .pdf documents on this site can be filled in and printed.
To view and complete fillable .pdf forms, you'll need the freely available Adobe Reader software installed on your computer. Versions earlier than 4 will not support fillable forms. Adobe Reader does not allow you to save your completed forms to disk. The ability to save completed forms is available commercially with the Adobe Acrobat suite.