Adobe Acrobat Essentials

With Acrobat, you can view, convert, edit, print and manage PDF files. But with so many different tools to use, it can be intimidating at first glance.

In this one-day training course course, we will teach you how to use the essential features in Acrobat so you can get up and running straight away. No previous experience of Acrobat is required.

This course is only available for private bookings, either for groups or as a one-to-one, held online via Zoom. (This course is currently not available for classroom bookings.) Please get in touch for availability.

Course Overview

What You Will Learn

You will be able to:

  • Create PDF files from a wide variety of source documents (including Microsoft Office)
  • Convert paper documents to PDF
  • Control the quality of your PDF files by setting Acrobat Distiller preferences
  • Select and make changes to text and images in a PDF document
  • Add headers/footers, watermarks and backgrounds to your documents
  • Create and edit bookmarks and links for easier document navigation
  • Use Acrobat to perform paperless document reviews within an organisation
  • Secure a PDF document against editing and extracting data. 


Session 1

Introduction to Acrobat: Creating, using and distributing PDF files; Opening files; Toolbars; Navigating & browsing documents; Zoom functions; Saving & closing.

Session 2

PDF File creation; Creating PDF’s from other file types; Converting documents to PDF; Using PDFMaker; Using Acrobat Distiller; Controlling output quality; Setting Distiller preferences; Editing & Saving Adobe PDF settings.

Session 3

Modifying & Editing PDF files: Rotating, cropping, inserting, extracting and re-numbering pages; Selecting & editing text and images; Creating headers and footers; Adding watermarks and backgrounds; Creating & editing bookmarks; Working with the link tool.

Session 4

Using Acrobat in a Review Cycle: Commenting tools; Marking up a document; exporting & importing comments; summarising and reviewing comments; PDF security.

This course is only available as a one-to-one or private group booking — please get in touch for availability.​

Information for Mac users

If you are a Mac user, please let us know when booking. If the course is held in the classroom at Happy, the training is held on PCs so we recommend that you bring your Macbook with you (we are not able to provide an additional monitor). For online training, please let us know when booking and you can use your Mac as normal. We provide a PDF with shortcuts for Mac users and your trainer will refer to this throughout the training.

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Group Learning Events

If you have three or more learners, a private group course could be cheaper.

We can tailor the content to your team, and host the training remotely, at your workplace or here at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, Central London.

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Get in touch

This course is only available as a one-to-one or private group booking.

For pricing and availability, send us a message using the form below, leave us a message on 020 7375 7300, or speak to an Account Manager straight away using our Live Chat service in the bottom right of your screen!

The Small Print

For Live Online Interactive Learning sessions (webinars)

The course will run remotely for a full day consisting of three 90-minute live online sessions with independent work in between. 

All learners will need to either install Zoom on their machines or use the Web App in a browser (either Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are supported). Full technical requirements are on the Zoom website. Your link will be included in your joining instructions once you have booked your place — if you haven't received this email then please contact our team.

Learners should log into the training session 10 minutes before the start time to ensure that they have downloaded and set up Zoom correctly. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals.

Your active participation is expected: everyone will be heard and seen throughout, just as they would be if we were in a room together. To be heard, hear and seen you will need a microphone, speakers and camera – if you have a modern laptop that’s all you will need. Remember, you’ll need a quiet place to call from and a decent internet connection is a must.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

For classroom sessions

All public classroom sessions take place at Happy's HQ in London at Robert Dolan House, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE. Please see our Contact Us page for full directions and a PDF map.

The course runs 9:30am to 5:15pm (lunch is served 1pm to 1:45pm — we offer a choice of 3 cold bowl dishes). Please be careful to arrive by 9:15am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 20 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

The happy Guarantee

We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Coronavirus Policy

In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak we want all of our customers to be reassured that we are working to maintain the highest standards of Health and Safety. We are monitoring the situation closely and are following all current Government guidelines.

Please see our Coronavirus Policy for more details and the latest information.

If you have any questions or concerns, our friendly team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can leave a message on 020 7375 7300 or email us at

Your post-course support package

  • Included in the price of both online and classroom programmes
  • 2 years of free access to our IT Helpline
  • Unlimited access - call or email our team as often as you need
  • Ask about any content covered on your course

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Happy's one-day Photoshop course teaches you how to touch up and edit your photographs with confidence. It covers everything from image cropping and resizing to adding text to images and creating photo montages.

The Photoshop Elements course is targeted at total beginners. Elements itself is intended for entry-level photographers, image editors and hobbyists, and Happy's single day course covers importing, sorting, rating, tagging and resizing images.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop to enable you to use the essential features of Photoshop to manipulate your photographs, perform image touch-ups, filters and more. Find out more

Photoshop Elements Essentials to enable you to use essential features like Quick Fix, Selections and Layers to manipulate images and photographs. Find out more