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This is our online archive of Helpful Tips that we have sent out on our email
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Open PDFs outside the browser window
Many of us here at the court find it useful to have PDFs open outside the
browser in a new Adobe window, rather than opening up inside our browser window.
Besides being convenient, it also sometimes resolves PDF viewing problems. So if
you are having difficulty opening a particular PDF file try changing these
settings to see if it helps.
The first set of instructions are all that is needed for Internet Explorer
Netscape and Firefox require an additional step which is given
1. Open Adobe application.
2. Go to (for version 5.0) Edit >
Preferences > General...., Select Options.
(for version 6.0) Edit >
Preferences > Internet
4. Under Web Browser Options uncheck the "Display
PDF in Browser" box.
5. Click OK and you are done.
*** Extra Step for Netscape and Firefox browsers
Search for nppdf32.dll on your hard drive(s) using the Windows Search
function. Delete or rename every instance of the file (e.g. rename to
nppdf32.dll.dis). It is important to get every instance of the file because your
browser will find this wherever it is, so you must delete or rename ALL
instances. You will normally find it in at least 2 places. It should be located
within the Adobe program Browser file and also within the browser's Plugins
This month's tip has to do with MOTIONS FOR LEAVE.
**When filing a motion for leave you should make sure that you NEVER EVER
FILE THE DOCUMENT YOU ARE ASKING LEAVE FOR UNTIL THE COURT
GRANTS YOUR MOTION FOR LEAVE.
An Example: I want to file a Corrected Status Report.
First things first: I need to create 2 documents - one is the Motion for
Leave PDF and the other is the Corrected Status Report PDF.
As for filing them:
1) File the Motion for Leave by selecting "Leave to
File Document" from the Motions menu. When it asks for me to select my PDF file
I will choose the Motion for Leave PDF. To attach a courtesy copy of the status
report select Yes at Attachments to Document and then follow the steps to add an
attachment and select the Corrected Status Report PDF. (You cannot file
the courtesy copy separately - it must be submitted as an attachment to the
motion for leave.)
2) Now I wait for the judge to grant my motion
for leave. *Jeopardy music plays in background*
3) Once I receive the order
granting my motion, I must file the Corrected Status Report PDF as a new filing
on the docket (remember that the one we attached above was just a courtesy copy
and not an official filing.)
Ahhh, now we have a nice clean docket and our filings comply with court
procedures. If you go ahead and file your document before the court grants your
motion, you may, to your horror, see all of the documents stricken with an order
for you to start all over again. Don't let it happen to you! If you have any
doubts or questions about this procedure call the User Assistance Line at
1-866-784-6273 (toll free) or the Clerk's Office at 202-357-6400.