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April 3, 2014

Digital Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is finally here! We survived the onslaught of polar vortexes, heavy snow, hard rain and traffic delays—and now an end to the brutally cold is officially in sight. Just as spring cleaning refreshes the home and rids it of clutter, we thought we’d try a different spin on this yearly ritual. If you organize your computer like we do (and we use the term “organize” loosely here), your desktop is filled with PDF files you haven’t opened in months, or multiple, redundant copies of files that are taking up valuable space. Here are few ways we’re digitally cleaning up our filing system in the spirit of springtime:

Cleaning Tip #1: You have a bunch of similar files (but different file types) and you want to combine them all into one file for easy storage and access. Easy. With our drag and drop feature you can merge and organize documents, spreadsheets, images, emails, web pages, and more in a single PDF file that’s easy to share and simple to search.

Cleaning Tip #2: Why store documents on your computer when you can stash ‘em in the cloud? Acrobat.com lets you keep your files organized, and even lets you access them across locations and devices through Acrobat XI, Adobe Reader, and the Adobe reader mobile app for Android and iOS. This accessibility will make doing business from anywhere as easy as a spring breeze.

Cleaning Tip #3: When working with so many documents, it can be easy to lose track of what, exactly, you’re trying to accomplish with each one. Prepare PDFs consistently and make sure you never miss a step by creating an automated Action to complete PDF preparation tasks quickly and correctly every time. You can even create an Action to make your documents archive-friendly, helping you get them off your desktop easily.

Cleaning Tip #4: Being organized means knowing where your files are, but also knowing what’s in them. Make PDF files easily accessible so you can navigate longer files quickly and always find what you need—even when it’s way back on page 147. With tagged PDF files you can make your documents easy to navigate and, as an added bonus, accessible to people who might be reading your document with a screen reader for assistance. Once tagged, use structured bookmarks to create various TOCs and navigation techniques to make finding content in a PDF as easy as picking daisies!

Cleaning Tip #5: We’ve seen PDF files get as big as 92,000 pages. To avoid wasting time sifting through “junk” in your files, extract only the pages you need and combine them in a separate PDF. This way, you can create a go-to master PDF that will save you time and sanity.

Don’t be stubborn like Mother Nature has been this year. Spring cleaning results are well worth the effort put in, and help provide a fresh start for better (and warmer) days ahead. If you’ve caught the spring cleaning bug and just have to know what else you can do, visit the Acrobat Community to learn more about all the time-saving features we have to offer.

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