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How Do I Open a PDF File

September 08, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

How to install Adobe® Reader® application to open and view a PDF files.

The Portable Document Format (PDF) is the global standard to capture and view rich content from nearly any software application and can be shared with just about anyone. PDF files are often found on websites throughout the Internet. The file format is open standards based and works independent of software and hardware. Developed by Adobe® Systems, Inc., PDF documents can contain text, images, and/or hyperlinks and can be easily transferred between computers. Various applications are available to open and view a PDF file, but the most commonly used is a PDF reader application which is often available for free including Adobe® Reader®. To install Adobe® Reader®, follow the instructions below.


  1. Open your Internet browser, go to the Adobe® Reader® download page.
  2. Click on the button “Download Now”.
  3. Save the file to any location in your computer.
  4. Locate the downloaded file and run the installer by double-clicking the file. If your operating system asks you for confirmation, click on the “Run” button.
  5. When the installation wizard extracts the files, click on the “Install” button.
  6. The installation should take a couple of minutes. When done, click on the “Finish” button.
  7. Restart your PC to complete the installation process.

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you open a PDF file in your browser, usually by double-clicking on the link leading to the PDF file, it opens onto the next window or new tab of your browser.


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