"> What is Adobe® Acrobat® Reader and how do I know if it is installed on my computer system?
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About Adobe® Acrobat® Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader software lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms. Adobe Acrobat Reader is also used to fill in and submit PDF forms online.


Check your system for Adobe Acrobat Reader

For PC users

Please use the following steps to see if Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer system.

  1. Click Start, Programs, then find Adobe Acrobat

    Note: If Adobe Acrobat is not listed, use the following steps:

    1. Click Start, Find, then Files or Folders

    2. Click the Name & Locations tab

    3. Type Acrobat Reader in the Named: field. Click your computer's hard drive in the Look in: drop-down box.

    4. Click Find Now

    1. If Adobe Acrobat is not listed, Adobe Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer system. A downloaded PDF file will appear as a default Windows® icon, as shown in the image below. If you try to open a PDF file without Adobe Acrobat Reader, it will not open and will ask you to click the program you want to use to open the file. To be able to view PDF files you will need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader software at http://www.adobe.com/



    2. If Adobe Acrobat is listed, Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer system. As shown in the image below, a downloaded PDF file should appear as a custom Adobe Acrobat Reader icon and you should be able to view the file.



For Macintosh users

Please use the following steps to see if Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer system.

  1. Click File, then Open

  2. Double-click the Applications folder

  3. Find the Adobe Acrobat folder

    Note: If the Adobe Acrobat folder is not listed, use the following steps:

  4. Click File, then Find

  5. Click the Find File tab

  6. Next to Find Items, click your computer's hard drive in the drop-down box

  7. Type Adobe Acrobat in the find box

  8. To the left of the find box, click Name in the first drop-down box and click Contains in the second drop-down box

  9. Click Find

  10. If the Adobe Acrobat file is not listed, Adobe Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer system. A downloaded PDF file will appear as a custom Adobe Acrobat Reader icon, as shown in the image below, even though Acrobat Reader is not on your system. If you try to open a PDF file without Adobe Acrobat Reader, the following message will appear "The document could not be opened, because the application program that created it could not be found". To be able to view PDF files you will need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader software at http://www.adobe.com/



  11. If the Adobe Acrobat file is listed, Adobe Acrobat Reader is loaded on your computer system. As shown in the image below, a downloaded PDF file should appear as a custom Adobe Acrobat Reader icon and you should be able to view the file.



For more information about Adobe Acrobat Reader, please go to the Adobe website at http://www.adobe.com/

13 January 2000