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Let your computer do the work: Open and read PDFs without Adobe software

Modern browsers and tools on WVU computers let you create, view and save PDFs without Adobe software. Downloaded PDFs will open by default using Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 machines and Preview on MacOS without Acrobat DC. To open a PDF with another browser, right-click the file, hover over ‘Open With’ and choose a different browser. You may have to adjust your browser settings to automatically open PDFs.

You can also create PDFs using Microsoft Office applications. If you’re publishing them online, be sure to create accessible PDFs using Microsoft Word, so people using screen readers and other assistive technologies can access them.

WVU has renewed its contract with Adobe for one year, so Creative Cloud products will continue to be available to employees who need them at no charge until August 2020. However, the way you access those products will change in October, when we upgrade to the 2019 version and a new licensing structure.

A simple new process will let you request the Creative Cloud Desktop Application, and from there, you can install the product(s) you need. No Adobe products will be installed on WVU-owned machines by default.

Because negotiations with Adobe were not concluded until late summer, these changes must occur mid-semester. ITS regrets the timing and is working with college and department IT directors to minimize disruption.