How to use Adobe (Acrobat) Reader

October 2016

Adobe Acrobat Reader is used to create, read and store Portable Document Format or PDF files. Acrobat Reader can be freely downloaded from the official Adobe website. Once downloaded, the .exe file can be easily installed onto the system. One can easily print their PDF files by accessing the Print option from File option. Users can also save documents as a PDF file from Internet Explorer or NetScape as well. Other alternatives to Acrobat Reader that one can use to read PDF files include Foxit reader, Ghostscript viewer or Sumatra PDF.


To read documents in .PDF format, you will need a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader.

It is available free of charge from the Adobe Reader website.

  • If you do not have access to the Adobe download site, you can download Acrobat Reader from an another webpage.
  • If the accessibility of the PDF is a problem, you can convert the file to HTML or ASCII text by using one of the services offered by Adobe.


  • Visit the Adobe website.
  • Select your preferred language and operating system requirements (Windows XP, Windows NT, etc) from the drop-down menus.
  • Click "Download" to download the player in your computer.
  • Install the drive on your computer (click twice on the file. Exe file and follow the installation instructions).
  • Use it to view a PDF document.

Print a PDF document

  • Click on the link to the document required to open it in the drive.
  • Select File-Print from the menu bar of Adobe Acrobat reader.
  • Low price printers cannot handle large Adobe Acrobat documents; send the document to the printer in several parts to avoid overloading its memory.

Saving a document in PDF

  • On your computer, you can create a directory where you save documents (ex: c: \ pdf).
  • Right-click on the link to the desired document and choose Save Target As (Internet Explorer) / Save Link As (Netscape) in the dropdown menu.
  • When prompted, specify the drive and directory in which you want to save the document (eg: c: \ pdf).
  • Click on Save> then OK to confirm.

Alternative PDF readers

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