How To Download Adobe Acrobat Reader

Step-by-Step Guide

Go to your internet browser and search “Acrobat Reader” and click the first link or use this link.

Click on the blue button that says “Download Acrobat Reader”.

You should see this screen:


At the bottom of the screen after you click “Download” there should be a file with “.exe” at the end of the file name. This is an executable file that will download Acrobat Reader onto your computer. (If you cannot find the executable file you can use the File Explorer on your computer to locate the executable file. You can find it under the “Downloads” tab on the right side of the File Explorer window.)

Click on the file to proceed with the installation.

A pop up will appear asking if you want to allow Adobe Acrobat Reader to make changes to your system. Select ‘Yes’.

The download will run normally and then display two screens.

  • The first one says “Thank you for downloading Acrobat!” You can close out of that window.

  • The second screen is the Acrobat Reader Application. It will look like this.


Enter your eServices into the blank Email Address line (Example: and hit “Continue”.


The familiar eServices login screen will appear. Enter your eServices email once again and hit “Next”.  Then enter your eServices password and hit “Sign In”.

Once you hit enter on “Sign in” a Microsoft MFA prompt may appear asking to choose an authentication method to confirm your identity.

Since you are opening Acrobat Reader for the first time it will ask if you want to set it as your default PDF application.


You can hit “Yes”. If you do not want Acrobat to be your default then click “No”.

If you selected “Yes” then keep reading. If not, skip this section,.

You should see a screen that looks like this.

Select “Continue” to proceed with setting Acrobat as default.

This screen will appear.


Select the “Change” button that the prompt points to.

You will then see this screen.


Click on “Adobe Acrobat DC”. The background around the Adobe application will turn dark grey like the previous default app looked like. 

Click “Set default”.


Then click “Apply” and then “OK”. 

After that you will see the “Set Acrobat as default” once more and then you can just hit continue.

Congratulations! You have installed Adobe Acrobat Reader!