Adobe Reader is the most used PDF file viewer on the market. The program, however, goes far beyond the traditional functions of reading and printing and brings features that can improve productivity in the user’s daily life.
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For example, there is the possibility of highlighting excerpts with highlighters and optimizing the production of records for school or college. Those who need to fill out a form can use a native function of the software and eliminate the need to print the document. Next, check out six things you can do in Adobe Reader that you didn’t know.
Adobe Reader: six things you can do in the PDF reader and did not know – Photo: Ana Letícia Loubak / dnetc
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1. Emphasize excerpts with highlighter
«Highlight text» function helps to highlight important parts of the document – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
This function is especially useful for those who are reading academic texts on the computer and need to highlight important passages. The Adobe Reader highlighter can be enabled from the top bar, by clicking on the corresponding icon, or from the «Comment» button, located in the upper right corner.
With the «highlight text» feature activated, just press and drag the cursor over the section you want to highlight. The program also allows you to annotate PDFs with the «sticky notes» function, indicated by a yellow dialog balloon. Remember to save the document to preserve your changes.
2. Fill out forms with the «Fill and sign» function
«Fill and sign» function optimizes the filling of forms – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
If, when you receive a form, you print the document to fill it with a pen and scan it later, know that you are wasting time and wasting cartridge. That’s because Adobe Reader allows you to edit the PDF directly in the program, using the «Fill and Sign» function, located in the upper right corner of the screen.
Adobe Reader allows digital signature in PDFs – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
For this, it is necessary to click on the button corresponding to the resource and select the option «Add text». Then, just place the cursor in the desired field and start writing. You can choose the font type and size. If the document requires signature, click on the «Sign» button to upload an image with your rubric or draw it with the help of the mouse. That done, just drag the signature to the corresponding location.
3. Read documents out loud
Reading aloud is among the accessibility features of Adobe Reader – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
Adobe Reader has an accessibility feature that allows you to read text aloud. The function is especially useful for visually impaired users, who can consume PDFs without screen readers, but it can also help people interested in optimizing the reading of longer texts, for example.
Activating the feature is simple: in the menu bar, just follow the path «View»> «Read aloud»> «Activate reading aloud». Then, the user must repeat the same steps and inform whether he wants Adobe Reader to read the entire document or just the selected page.
4. Combine files into one document
Combine files into a single PDF with Adobe Reader – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
Many people look for online services capable of combining PDF files when, in fact, it is possible to do it directly in Adobe Reader itself. To do this, just click «Create» in the top menu and select «Combine files into a single PDF». Then, all you need to do is drag the desired documents to the indicated location and press the «Combine» button.
Adobe Reader native function allows you to compress PDFs – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
Reducing the size of a PDF file can be useful to make it lighter and send it by email. There are several online services that perform the procedure, but it is possible to compress documents without leaving Adobe Reader. The procedure could not be simpler: when saving the PDF, choose «Reduced PDF size», under the option «Save as another».
6. Convert PDF to DOC
Convert PDFs to .DOC files with Adobe Reader – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
Converting a PDF document to a .DOC file, an extension used by Microsoft Word, is necessary when the user wants to update the text information. In Adobe Reader, conversion can be done in a few simple steps. Just follow the path «File»> «Save as another»> «Microsoft Word»> «Word document».