Section: Using PDFs and Word documents | Help and support for online learning | Propagate Learning

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  • Help and support for online learning

    Everyone who studies on our courses has different levels of knowledge and skills when it comes to the digital world. Brushing up on your digital skills will help you to get the most from your course here on PropaGate Learning.

    Scroll down the page and you will see a list of digital skills/topics. You will also see a section on using PropaGate Learning, our online learning platform. 

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Using PDFs and Word documents

  • Using PDFs and Word documents

    Opening PDF files and Word documents

    To open Word documents on your device, you will need word processing software such as Microsoft Office, which contains Microsoft Word. Other free software such as LibreOffice and Google Docs can also be used to open and edit Word documents.

    These programs can also be used to create and edit your own word processing documents. You can find tips on how to create a Word document here.

    You may wish to turn a Word document into a PDF when you have finished it. To do so, instead of just selecting 'Save', select 'Save as Adobe PDF' or go to 'Save as' and choose 'PDF (*.pdf)' from the drop-down menu.

    In order to open PDF files, download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or a similar program to your device. This will allow you to open and view PDFs.

    Screenshot of a blank Word document.

    Browser add-ons

    You can also open PDFs on some browsers, which will allow you to view PDFs in a browser window without opening a separate program.. You may find it useful to install the Adobe Reader browser add-on if your browser does not already have it installed. For more information about this, you can check this Display PDF in browser webpage and this Plugins in modern browsers webpage.