ETD Help; Creating your PDF
- For issues related to Graduate College format requirements, please contact Kris Grinstead (319-335-3599) or Matt Pollard (319-335-3432) in the Graduate Examiners' Office.
- For technical-support issues related, but not limited, to Microsoft Word and the UI Thesis/Dissertation template, several options exist. The Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation Support Service provides walk-in support three days a week. ITS provides phone support via the ITS Helpdesk at 319-384-4357.
- For issues related to the conversion of Microsoft Word documents to PDF documents or uploading PDF documents to the ETD Administrator website, please contact Cindy Fetters (319-335-2144) in the Academic Office, or utilize the Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation Support Service.
The following documents provide screen shots for creating your PDF ETD using Microsoft Word 2007 and Adobe Acrobat 9.0.
- Create PDF files from Word 2007 documents using Print to PDF
- Using Virtual Desktop to convert Word documents to PDF
- Combine multiple PDF documents into one PDF file
FAQ and Tips
After printing to Adobe PDF in Word, "ERROR! Bookmark not defined" appears in the Table of Contents
- In Word, highlight the Table of Contents section
- Ctrl+Shift+F9 (Windows) or COMMAND key+SHIFT+F9 (Mac 2008 and earlier) or COMMAND key+6 (Mac 2011)
- Retry Print to Adobe PDF
I don't have access to Adobe Acrobat, what can I do to convert my documents?
All University of Iowa students have access to Adobe Acrobat and many other software programs through Virtual Desktop.
The University of Iowa Library has a couple important suggestions for your thesis or dissertation:
- Use PDF/A (PDF for archive) for optimal archival of your thesis or dissertation. To save as a PDF/A:
- Open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat
- Select File, Save As
- In Save as type: select PDF/A(*.pdf)
The meta-data entered at the time of first submission are used by Proquest and also the University Library to categorize your thesis or dissertation. It is important that they are descriptive of your work to enable retrieval by search systems.