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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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For best PDF form experience - utilize Adobe Reader. Adobe Reader allows calculations to work. Many of the forms listed below have been updated to allow Adobe Reader users to save information they have entered on the form.

Safari, Chrome, FireFox web browsers open PDFs with their own PDF preview programs. These do not handle form calculations. To have the PDF perform calculations – Control click (Mac) or right click (Windows) on the PDF to save locally or tweak the browser plugin settings to pick Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat to open.

Apple's Preview PDF program will open the PDF in a web browser or if you save it to your computer. It is nice for viewing PDFs and other fancy things, but for form fields and for saving and sending to non-Mac users in particular - the Apple Preview program does not save the text like one would expect - the calculation fields do not work either. To send a filled-in Preview form to a Windows user, you can select Print Menu; then select PDF from the bottom left of the print dialog box drop-down menu; Save as PDF - to save the text entered.

If the PDF does not show up in your web browser window