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Adobe Acrobat Reader

There is a one-time, FREE download of Adobe's Acrobat Reader. This is a program that you will need to be capable of viewing a Portable Document File (.pdf). PDF files can be downloaded off the Internet or sent via e-mail. You will need the Reader to view and print these files.

You will need to visit Adobe's Web site for access to the downloadable file. We have provided a direct link to the free download page, which you can visit by clicking here(opens in a new window). On that page, scroll down until you see the following icon:


Simply click on the icon (Get Acrobat Reader), and you will be taken to the next page where you need to provide some information (see below)


  1. This is what language you want the download in. The default is set to English, but if you want a different language, just click the arrow and choose from the drop-down menu.
  2. Next, you will select your "platform". This is also known as your Operating System (ex: Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, etc.) There is no default choice, so you have to click on the arrow and select an option from the drop-down menu.
  3. Finally, click on the download button.

Upon clicking that button, Adobe will ask you where you would like to place the file. If you are using a computer at home, you can easily download the file to your Desktop. However most computers in public have restricted access, such as the Instructional Computer Center at Triton College. In those cases, you will need to find out where you can safely download the file. This can be accomplished by asking someone at the front desk.

You will begin a download of what is known as the Adobe Download Manager. You should see a status box on your screen similiar to this one:


Once the download is completed, locate the file (where you specified the download; i.e. Desktop). The file icon will look like this:


Double-click the icon and you will begin the actual download process of Adobe's Acrobat Reader.
Please Note: Some computers will be able to automatically download the file, without you needing to find the Exceutable (EXE) file. If this is the case, just continue on with the download steps.

The following two screen captures show you what you can expect to see.



When the download is complete you will see the following message from Adobe:


The icon will then be displayed on your Desktop, and you are ready to use the Acrobat Reader!


If you are having difficulties with your download or the program itself, Adobe provides a page featuring Technical Support, which you can access by clicking here (opens in a new window).


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