Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Acrobat is a way of putting a printed page on a computer so that it looks the same as it would if it had been printed. A quick example: Someone uses Microsoft Excel to create a nice report. They want to send it to the district sales manager. The manager doesn't have Excel so he can't open the report. If the Excel report is printed as a PDF file, then the manager will be able to open it without much trouble. And it will look just like it was intended. Adobe has been around for as long as I can remember working with computers. I've never seen their reader offend or corrupt a computer. For more information about Adobe Acrobat Reader, check www.adobe.com.
The reader only needs to be installed one time. How can you tell if it's been installed? Click here. If a screen appears and says it is installed, then Acrobat Reader is already installed on your computer. If you are prompted to save a file then you may not have a PDF reader installed on your computer. To install Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here. Hint: install ONLY the reader. Don't install the free extras!
Tip: Although these directions are geared to Adobe's reader, I will plug the Foxit PDF Reader. Adobe has built so much bloat into their product that it's slow to open a document. I have had great results with the Foxit reader. Click here to take a look. As I always suggest, do the custom installation and install ONLY the reader.
Another tip. If the PDF document opens in your browser make sure you use the correct print button. That's right, there could be two print buttons on the screen. Note on the example below that the smaller print button on the Adobe toolbar is the one you should use to print the document. Also, if you want to save the document to print again later use the save button (looks like a diskette). And remember to save it somewhere that you will be able to find again later.