How to Install the Adobe Reader

PDF is a technology developed by Adobe that allows for consistent printing and viewing of complex documents available on the World Wide Web. Adobe (Acrobat) Reader is an application that opens PDF files.

Many sites on the Web, especially government sites such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), use PDF files to make sure that complex tables and data formatting are retained when reports or other documents are downloaded by public health professionals, scientists, doctors, and other interested individuals around the world.

Note If you already have Adobe Reader version 9 or later installed on your computer, you do not need to download and install it again.

  • Installing Adobe Reader for Windows
  • Installing Adobe Reader for the Mac OS

To install the Adobe Reader for Windows, you must first download it to your computer. You can download Adobe Reader from Adobe's Web site.

  1. Once you've clicked the Download now button, follow the instructions on the next page to ensure that the Download Manager runs properly. An installation dialog box will appear.
  2. To begin the installation process, click the Install button.

DLM Installation

  1. The Adobe Download Manager appears displaying the Adobe Reader download and installation progress. This will take a few seconds.

Reader Installation

  1. Once the installation is complete, click the Close Download Manager button.

Installation Complete

Please Note: you may be asked to restart your computer to complete installation.

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To install the Adobe Reader for Mac, you must first download it to your computer. You can download Adobe Reader from Adobe's Web site.

  1. Select the Mac OS version from the drop down menu then click the Download now button. The browser's Downloads dialog box will appear.
  2. Double click the AdbeRdr1000_en_US.dmg file. The Adobe Reader installation dialog box will appear.
  3. Click Continue.

Mac Install

  1. Read the Important Information provided by Adobe then click Continue. You will then see how much space will be required to install Adobe Reader.
  2. Click Install to begin the installation process. Please Note: you may be prompted to enter your computer's admin password in order to continue with the installation.

Installation Complete

  1. Click Close once the installation is complete.

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