When we moved over to Windows 8, our computers already included a PDF reader. However, I find I like the Adobe Reader version to read all my PDF files, and I think there are a lot of Windows 8 users who want to switch back to using Adobe Reader, too. If after this you find you don’t like Adobe Reader as much as you thought, you can easily switch back to the Windows 8 Reader.
First, open Internet Explorer and go to www.adobe.com. When Adobe’s website opens, click the “Download” button, which is located in the middle and near the top.
When you are on the “Adobe Downloads” page, to the right you’ll see the links to download Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Adobe Air and Adobe Shockwave. Go ahead and click “Adobe Reader.”
Let the web page fully load. Once it does, remove the checkmark from the optional offer. Next, click the “Install now” button. Click “Run” in the notification bar at the bottom and then click “Yes” to allow the program to make changes to your computer. When the “Adobe Reader Updater Preferences” box opens, click “Next.”
Adobe will first download and then install. Just sit back for a few minutes and wait for the installer to notify you of its completion. Click “Finish.” You can close the Adobe pop-up and the Adobe website window too.
Go to your desktop and you should see the Adobe Reader icon there. Double-click it to open. Once it opens, click “Accept” (license terms) to continue using Adobe Reader. Go ahead and close Adobe Reader and reboot your computer.
Lastly, let’s set Adobe Reader as the default reader so it opens automatically when you click on a PDF file.
This is one way to set the default. Open File Explorer (the yellow folder icon) and double-click the “Documents” library. Look through your files and see if you can locate a “PDF” or “Adobe Acrobat Document” file. Now that Adobe is installed on your computer, the icon may resemble the Adobe symbol, making it easier to find.
If you cannot locate a PDF file, in the search bar on the right and near the top, type in “PDF” minus the quotes. If it locates any matching files, they will be displayed, line-by-line.
Once you find a PDF file, click it once to highlight, then right-click it and hover over “Open with” and then click “Choose default program.” Place a checkmark in the box: “Use this app for all .pdf files” and then click “Adobe Reader.” Henceforth, each time you open a PDF file, it should open with Adobe Reader.
If you find you really don’t like Adobe Reader as much as the Windows 8 Reader, just follow the instructions above, beginning with right-clicking any PDF file and then choose “Reader” as the default PDF reader.
If you find Adobe (extremely rare) causes any conflicts, go to your Programs and Features in the Control Panel and uninstall it.
Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 14 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at Scott@MicroScottPro.com.