Adobe Reader is a software program produced by Adobe that displays electronic documents. The most notable feature of Adobe Reader is its native ability to read PDF documents. However, sometimes errors occur in Adobe Reader, and the problems can prevent a user from utilizing the program. However, with a few suggestions, you can troubleshoot Adobe Reader easily.
Adobe Reader was a rather late development in the history of Adobe. The company was started by two scientists from Xerox who initially invented and manufactured PostScript, a printer language for conveying a digital image to a printed page. Although many more programs and developments would follow, it is likely that Adobe Reader is the company’s most successful product. It is offered for free, and most computers today come with it installed.
Problems could occur in a number of areas. For instance, during the installation process, download errors could occur or the file could stop installing at the mid-point of the installation. Other problems pop up in regular usage, such as a frozen screen or unresponsive scripts on a page. While some of these occur for random reasons, other problems occur with some frequency in certain situations and can be easily fixed.
Sometimes, Adobe Reader problems occur in the download process. Before you do anything else, make sure your Internet connection is reliable. If you continue to have problems with the download process, disable any firewalls or security settings that might cause such problems. If you encounter a problem in the installation process, try reinstalling. You also could remove any external drives or computers connected to your computer and see if the problem is solved. If the problem in installation persists, try running the installation on another computer to see if your downloaded file is corrupted.
If, while running Adobe Reader, you find that the program freezes, give the application five minutes to respond again. If nothing happens, force-quit the application by pressing "Ctrl-Alt-Del" at the same time. Next, visit Adobe’s website to ensure that you have the latest update of Adobe Reader. Once your version is current, run Adobe Reader without any applications in the background to see if the problem persists.
Occasionally, you may encounter a problem with Adobe Reader in terms of compatibility. While all PDFs will display well in Adobe Reader, there are some forms, documents and other texts offer only limited accessibility; you may have to purchase Adobe Acrobat in order to have full productivity. Acrobat allows for greater freedom in editing PDFs, saving PDFs and working with PDFs in various formats.