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How to Download and Install Adobe Acrobat Reader for Windows and Mac Users

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How to Download and Install Adobe Acrobat Reader



  • Open up your preferred web browser (Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, etc.) and Download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC by going to: https://get.adobe.com/reader/

  • Click on the “Download Now” button.

  • Open up the downloaded DMG file. Then, double click on the PKG file. (Note: Both file names might be different than what is shown here.). After double clicking the PKG file, the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC installer will begin.

  • In the Installer, click the “Continue” button until it asks for your user password. Type in your user password and press enter. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC will begin installing. When the installer is complete, click close.

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is installed on your Mac successfully!

  • In finder, locate a saved PDF file you want to open.

  • Right click the PDF file to bring up the “context menu.” In the context menu, select “Get Info.”

  • A new window will pop up. In this new window, expand the “Open With” section by clicking the small grey arrow next to the title. In the dropdown menu, make sure “Adobe Acrobat Reader DC” is selected as the default program.

  • After you confirm that “Adobe Acrobat Reader DC” is selected, click the “Change All” button.

  • A window will pop up confirming that you want to change the default program that opens PDF files. Click “Continue” to confirm.

  • Close the “Get Info” window. Now double click on the PDF file that you want to open.

  • The PDF will open in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC successfully!


  • Open Google Chrome and Download Adobe Acrobat Reader by going to: https://get.adobe.com/reader/

  • Click on the blue “Download Acrobat Reader” button.

  • Adobe will begin downloading at the top right of your screen. Once it finishes downloading, click on Downloads symbol and select “Reader_Install_Setup.exe”

  • A window will open up. If you receive the question: “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?” select Yes. Once the installation reaches 100%, click on the blue “Finish” button to finalize the installation.