Download and display of PDF-files

Download / Problems

The correct way to download PDF-files:

  1. Use the right mouse button to click on the link to the PDF-file
  2. in the dropdown menu select "Save link as ..."
  3. Specify a file name and click "Save"

Once more in more detail:

Please, click on the link by using the right mouse button and select "Save link as ..." from the dropdown menu. In the opening dialog box specify a file name and click on "Save". The file will now be saved to your harddrive and can be displayed. Please note that the menu only appears when you click right mouse button.

Why the detour over the right mouse button?

Most browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla) automatically open Adobe Acrobat Reader after clicking a link to a PDF-file on a webpage. Since PDF-files can easily reach the size of several megabytes it can take very long until they are displayed, and one can get the impression that the download doesn't work. Besides, the file will end up somewhere in a cache are temp file and not on a location of your harddrive which you can easily find later. By using the command "Save link as ..." you have full control over where the file is stored.


To display and print PDF-files you can use Adobe Acrobat Reader.

What are PDF-files?

Basically, PDF-files are just text files. Additionally, they may contain images, Internet links, etc. The have a strictly specified display algorithm, so that they look the same on every computer, and are very well suited for printing. Therefore they are mostly used for electronic user manuals, etc.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

PDF-files can be displayed and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader dargestellt. You can download the program for free from Adobe.