PDF Resources

How can I check my PDF file to make sure I did it correctly?

Follow these guidelines when creating PDF files to be submitted to ProQuest/UMI. Be sure to check your results.

To check your file:

  1. Open the file in Adobe Acrobat Pro.

  2. From the File menu, select Properties then click Fonts.

  3. Verify that all fonts listed for the document are either Type 1 or TrueType.

  4. You should see Embedded Subset for all fonts with the possible exception of Times, Arial/Helvetica, and Courier.

  5. Select OK to close the Document Properties window.

  6. From the Edit menu, select Preferences and click Page Display.

  7. If Use local fonts is checked, click the check box to turn it off (the check mark should disappear).

  8. Select OK to close the Preferences window.

  9. Inspect each page of your PDF to see how it will appear on another computer without the same fonts as yours.

  10. Print a copy of your file and verify that everything prints as expected.

  11. You may want to turn the Use local fonts option back on (see step 7).

If you encounter problems while checking your file, please consult the following resource:

Online PDF services

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