Category Archives: Adobe Acrobat

Using The Verification of Final Degree Requirements Form

Welcome back to the Graduate School blog. Our quest to reduce student errors on forms continues! This post is for students enrolled in a coursework only program. If you’re doing a research based degree (dissertation, thesis, or report), this form is not required for you.

Where Do I Find The Form?

The Verification of Final Degree Requirements Form can be found on our Forms and Deadlines page under the Current Students section or by following this link or on your MyMichiganTech page. Please note that the Verification of Final Degree Requirements Form, like all of our forms, is dynamic. As a dynamic form, it will only work in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.  If the hyperlink above doesn’t open the PDF as expected, we recommend right clicking on the link, selecting “Save link as…” (or similar option in your browser) and saving the file.  After you have saved the file, open Adobe Acrobat or Reader and open the saved form.

Now that you know where to find this form and how open it, let’s talk about filling it out.

Providing Personal Information

To start this form off you will need to fill in your personal information. This includes your name and M Number. If you do not know your M number, fret not, you can always find it on MyMichiganTech.

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Providing your Last Name, First Name, and M Number allows us to keep accurate records of your progress towards your degree.

 

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Using the Pre-Defense Form

One of the most common issues we see here in the Graduate School are forms being filled out and submitted incorrectly. We hope that this upcoming series of blog posts will clarify how our dynamic forms work and reduce the stress on you, the student, when filling them out.

Today’s topic is the Pre-Defense Form. This form must be submitted to the Graduate School two weeks prior to your thesis, dissertation or report defense.

Where Do I Find the Form?

The Pre-Defense Form can be found on the Degree Completion Timeline, on your MyMichiganTech, or by following this link. Please note that the Pre-Defense form, like many of our forms, is dynamic. As a dynamic form, it will only work in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.  If the hyperlink above doesn’t open the PDF as expected, we recommend right clicking on the link, selecting “Save link as…” (or similar option in your browser) and saving the file.  If you are still having trouble opening the form, check out this link which offers some more troubleshooting options. After you have saved the file, open Adobe Acrobat or Reader and open the saved form.

Now that you know where to find this form and where we can open it, let’s talk about filling it out.

Providing Personal Information

The first few blocks are pretty self-explanatory; enter your last name, first name, optional middle initial, and M Number in the appropriate boxes. If you do not know your M number, fret not, you can always find it on MyMichiganTech.

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Personal Information including Last Name, First Name, and M Number should be entered in the first section of the form.

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Using the Advisor and Committee Recommendation form

The Advisor and Committee Recommendation form is a dynamic PDF form used to appoint your advisor and/or committee. As a dynamic form, it will only work in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.  If the hyperlink doesn’t open the PDF as expected, we recommend right clicking on the link, selecting “Save link as…” (or similar option in your browser) and saving the file.  Open Adobe Acrobat or Reader and open the saved form.

The form opens with basic information about you, including your M Number and degree type.

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Enter information about you and your degree type.

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How to change color pages to black and white

Some word processors will generate lines (such as those found in tables) and/or text in a combination of red and green that will appear black on the screen, but will appear in color to the bindery that will print your document. Depending on how other items are created and/or inserted into your document, grey-scale figures may also appear in a combination of red and green.

This tutorial will show one way to convert color items in a PDF file to black and white. These instructions have been provided by the bindery that prints Michigan Tech dissertations, theses, and reports, but they are not foolproof. You may find that certain items do not properly convert to black and white. In that case, it is recommended to:

  • go back to the source image
  • change the source image to black and white or gray-scale using Photoshop
  • insert the image into your document
  • convert the PDF document (recommended setting: High Quality Print)

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How to check PDF conversion settings for images and embedding fonts

Creating high quality images and embedding all fonts are two requirements of creating a thesis or dissertation.  These two requirements will ensure that your document is presented at the highest quality and that the document appears the same on any computer, regardless of the fonts that are available.  This tutorial will show how to check and select the conversion settings in Word to make sure your document meets the requirements.

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How to create bookmarks using Word and Adobe Acrobat

Having bookmarks that replicate the table of contents (TOC) – and include the TOC – is one requirement of the procedures to submit a thesis or dissertation.  Bookmarks allow the reader to see a TOC wherever they are in the document, and navigate easily to that section of the document.  This tutorial will show you how to create bookmarks using Word and Adobe Acrobat on the PC.

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How to use a preflight profile

Preflight profiles in Adobe Acrobat® Pro can be used to check properties of a PDF document, as well as make some automatic fixes to them.  In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use preflight profiles developed by the Graduate School to check the image quality in a PDF file.

To begin, download a preflight profile and save it to your computer. Depending on your browser settings, you might need to right click on the link to save the file to your computer as a *.kfp (or*.xml) file. The Graduate School has created the two below:

  1. Graduate School Images will show you which images have a resolution below 300ppi.
  2. Graduate School Color Pages will show you which pages are in color.

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How to rotate landscape pages in a pdf file

For your thesis or dissertation, you must either present all pages in portrait orientation, or list all of the landscape pages on the Degree completion form.  If you have many landscape pages, it may be easier to rotate the pages in the pdf than list all of the pages one by one.

This tip requires Adobe Acrobat, and applies to either a single sided or double sided document.

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