About PDF Files

PDF files provide consistent results when printed. We offer a PDF version of some documents on the AAFP website so you can print a formatted copy.

To view and print PDF files, you must have Adobe® Reader® installed on your computer. Most computers already have this software installed, if yours does not, you can download Adobe Reader(get.adobe.com) free from the Adobe website.


  1. If you have trouble installing or using Adobe Reader, please visit the Adobe Reader support page at http://helpx.adobe.com/reader.html(helpx.adobe.com).
  2. If you have Adobe Reader installed, and you are having trouble displaying PDF documents in your web browser, right-click on the link (cmd-click on a Mac), and save the file to your hard drive. Open the PDF file by double-clicking it.
  3. Download and install the latest version of Adobe Reader.(get.adobe.com)
  4. If you have Adobe Reader installed but still have trouble using a PDF file from this site, send an email to contactcenter@aafp.org. In your message, please provide specific details about the problem, including the web address of the file, the name and version of the web browser you are using, and the version of Adobe Reader you are using.


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