Help with PDF files

Help with PDF files

The PDF file format is a common internet file format (PDF stands for Portable Document Format). It is used for electronic distribution because it faithfully preserves the look and feel of the original document complete with fonts, colours, images and layout. It also can be used across many different types of computers and browsers.

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry has numerous PDF files to download throughout this website. All PDF files within this site open in a new window.

You will need Acrobat Reader software to view Adobe Acrobat PDF files. If you do not have the software installed on your computer, you can download it for free at Acrobat Reader (external website opens in a new window).

Guidance if you’re using access technology

If you use access technology to view PDF documents go to the site at (external website opens in a new window) which provides information and tools. A free, online Word to PDF conversion tool can be found here, a PDF to Word conversion tool here (external websites open in a new window).

Guidance for downloading PDF files

There are two ways to download PDFs, right click on the PDF link, select ‘save target as’ from the pop-up menu, download to your hard disk. Or, open the PDF, click on the save icon on the Acrobat toolbar, download to hard disk.