Adobe® Reader® 7.

0 Software
Welcome to Adobe® Reader® 7.0 ReadMe file. Adobe Reader is the free viewing companion for Adobe applications that produce Adobe Portable Document Format (Adobe PDF) files. To create, enhance, review, edit, and share information in Adobe PDF files, learn more about Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional and Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard by visiting Click the following links to learn more about Adobe Reader 7.0: System Requirements Installation Issues Troubleshooting Issues

System Requirements
Make sure that your system meets the minimum requirements to run Adobe Reader 7.0 for Windows®: Intel® Pentium® processor Microsoft® Windows® 2000 with Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP Professional or Home Edition with SP1 or SP2, or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 128 MB of RAM 40 MB of available hard disk space (65 MB required for the full version of Adobe Reader 7.0) 800 x 600 screen resolution Internet Explorer 5.5, 6.0, or 6.0 with SP1 (Netscape 7.1 is supported, but not required)

Installation Issues
If you experience problems when installing Adobe Reader 7.0, this section may help you to determine the cause of those problems.

If you install Adobe Acrobat Elements 6.0 after installing the full version of Adobe Reader 7.0, you may encounter an error in Acrobat Elements when you try to convert a file to PDF, "Unable to find "Adobe PDF" resource file. Do you want to run installer in repair mode?" If you click Yes, the same error comes up the next time you try to convert a file to PDF in Acrobat Elements. Solution: Install Acrobat Elements 6.0 before you install Adobe Reader 7.0 to ensure that both applications are installed in the same folder. (Acrobat Elements 6.0 doesn't allow you to specify

the install location.) Please note that Installing Adobe Reader 7.0 doesn't remove Adobe Reader 6.0, which is installed by Adobe Elements to the same folder. This installation of Adobe Reader 6.0 (unlike the downloaded version) doesn't interfere with Adobe Reader 7.0 functionality.

If both Acrobat and Adobe Reader are installed and you uninstall either application, you must run Help > Detect And Repair in the remaining application. Acrobat and Adobe Reader share required components.

Troubleshooting Issues
If you experience problems when running Adobe Reader 7.0, this section may help you to determine the cause of those problems. For general product information and additional troubleshooting information, visit the Adobe Product Support Knowledgebase at, or choose Online Support from the Help menu in Adobe Reader.

The Help and How To windows are not available when you open Adobe Reader from within a web browser. Solution: To access the Help button or the How To window from a task button, start Adobe Reader from outside of a web browser.

The Detect And Repair feature in Adobe Reader functions differently in Windows and Mac OS. In Windows, Detect And Repair repairs or replaces corrupt or missing installation components.

You can drag the How to window anywhere on-screen. If you move the window from a docked position, it becomes a floating window and can be resized only by dragging the lower right corner. To re-dock a floating How To window, right-click below the title bar and choose Docked Left or Docked Right. For more information, see the Adobe Reader Help.

The Enter key and the spacebar function differently in the Accessibility Setup Assistant in Windows and Mac OS. In Windows, both the Enter key and the spacebar close the wizard. In Mac OS, the Enter key advances the wizard to the next page and the spacebar closes the wizard.

Windows XP and 2000 include Microsoft Magnifier, an accessibility tool that uses the MSAA interface. When started, this tool activates accessibility in Adobe Reader until you quit Adobe Reader. Each time you open a PDF document, the following message appears, "Please wait while the document is prepared for reading." To reduce the time that Adobe Reader requires to prepare a PDF document for reading, set the Page vs. Document preference to Only Read The Currently Visible Pages in the Reading Preferences. Setting the Reading Order preference to Use Reading Order In Raw Print Stream also speeds up this process but may interfere with the functionality of Magnifier.

Use the following keyboard shortcuts to navigate between the document pane, the Help window, and the How To window: F6 moves focus between the document pane and the navigation pane. When focus is in the navigation pane, press the Up and Down arrow keys to cycle through the navigation tabs. F1 opens the Help window and moves the focus to the first item in the Help Contents tab. If the Help window is already open, pressing F1 returns the focus to the last selection. The Enter key opens the selected Help topic. Press the Up and Down arrow keys to select other Help topics. Alt+Tab and Alt+F6 move focus between the open Help window and the document pane. Shift+F4 also opens, and closes, the How To window. When you close the How To window, the focus moves to the document pane.

To improve the startup time and performance of Adobe Reader, defragment your hard drive by using the disk defragmenting utility before you install Adobe Reader. You can use the disk defragmenter included with your operating system or a thirdparty utility. Hard drives become fragmented through normal use (for example, installing and uninstalling applications, adding and deleting files). Over time, the computer is unable to locate contiguous blocks of free space and saves files in pieces across the hard drive, which increases the time required to open these files. Defragmenting the hard drive pieces files back together and improves performance.

If you scan a PDF barcode into Notepad using a handheld scanner, the resulting data may contain null bytes or illegal characters (characters that can't be typed at the keyboard). This data may execute desktop shortcuts that cause windows to open. The problem doesn't occur with all handheld scanners. No solution exists.

When you try to start Adobe Acrobat in Windows 2000 after installing it on a nonsystem hard disk, the Acrobat installer starts and returns the message, "An installation package for the Microsoft Windows Journal Viewer cannot be found." Solution: See document 329118 in the Adobe Product Support Knowledgebase at

If you open a PDF file in AOL 6.0-9.0, the file opens in a text editor. Solution: Save the PDF file to the hard drive and open it in Adobe Reader.

Last updated October 31, 2004.

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