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Adobe Acrobat Reader


There are a lot of different file formats for saving word processing files (e.g., MS Word, MS Works, WordPerfect, Text, Rich Text Format). Unfortunately, not all word processors can read all the different formats. That is where Adobe Acrobat comes in. Rather than saving a file in a word processing format, one can save it in Acrobat format. Files saved using Acrobat have the extension ".pdf" and are generally referred to as "PDF files". After that, anyone with the Acrobat Reader can view the file (and Acrobat Reader is free!). In the future, you may be asked to read documents that are in PDF format; that is why you need the Acrobat Reader.

To see if you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on you computer please click this test link: 

Acrobat Reader Test File

If the file does not open, please click on the link below and follow the directions for downloading and installing Adobe Acrobat Reader. NOTE: A new window will open for you to complete the installation. Once you have completed the installation, you may close the window and return to this course.

Download Acrobat Reader