West Virginia Judiciary

Viewing PDF Files

Viewing PDF Files on the West Virginia Judiciary Website Viewing PDF Files on the West Virginia Judiciary Website

Forms and many of the files available on our website are provided in PDF format. Viewing an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) document requires the Adobe Reader, which is free to download. Adobe Reader enables both online and offline viewing of PDF documents. Online reading can be done through your Web Browser, such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. You may also download and view a PDF document offline. To download or save a PDF, scroll over the link to the PDF document, and right-click. Then select the option to "Save Link As.." and save the file to an appropriate location.

Download the free Adobe Reader designed for your computer to view PDF documents.


Trouble Viewing PDF in the Browser?

There is a known problem with certain browsers that causes many of our forms to display incompletely or not at all when viewing online. We suggest three different solutions for working around the browser issues. If you still have problems viewing PDF documents after following our suggestions, please go to Acrobat Help for more troubleshooting tips.

  1. Save the PDF document to your computer Recommended
  2. Change your browser settings
Save PDF to your computer

The first suggestion is to always save a PDF to your computer before viewing/editing it. This ensures that the PDF is always opened in Adobe Acrobat, independent of your Web Browser. To save/download a PDF from the Judiciary's Website, simply scroll over the link to the PDF document, and right-click on it. Then select the option to "Save Link As..." and save the file to an appropriate location. When that saved document is opened, it will be displayed in Adobe Acrobat, ensuring that you get maximum functionality out of that document. Mac users need to ensure that Adobe Reader is the default PDF viewer on their computer. There is no guarantee that Mac Preview will properly render the PDF. Remember to always visit this site and download the latest document or form when filling anything out.

Change your browser settings

The second suggestion is to change the browser settings, making Adobe Reader the default PDF document viewer inside of the browser. To change the browser settings, follow the instructions below that correspond to the browser you are using:

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Select the "Tools" option from the toolbar at the top of the browser
  2. From the "Tools" dropdown, select "Options"
  3. Inside the "Options" menu, select the "Applications" tab
  4. Find the Content Type for PDF and PDF related documents
  5. In the Action column, select "Use Adobe Reader" from the dropdown

Google Chrome

  1. In the Chrome address bar, type Chrome://plugins
  2. Disable Chrome PDF Viewer
  3. Enable the Adobe Acrobat/Adobe Reader plugin

Apple Safari

  1. Open Safari dropdown, and select "Preferences"
  2. Inside the "Preferences" menu, select "Security"
  3. Inside the "Security" menu, select "Website Settings.." button beside the Internet plug-ins heading
  4. Find Adobe Reader from the list of plug-ins, and click it
  5. Under the option "When visiting other websites", in the dropdown list, choose "Always Allow" and click the "Done" button