Adobe Reader is a free piece of software and browser plug-in that is used for viewing specially formatted documents. Find out here how to install the Adobe Reader software and plug-in on Internet Explorer for Windows.
Not your web browser? Go back to the Adobe Reader plug-in page to select your browser.
Clicking the 'Download' link at the end of this guide automatically takes you to the Reader download page.
1. Install Adobe Reader
The first page asks if you would like to install Reader. It also asks if you would like to install an extra browser toolbar from Google with Reader. If you do not want this, make sure the 'Also Install' check box is empty.
Click 'Download' to continue.
2. You may need extra components
If you see a gold bar pop up, you must click where indicated to install an extra component for your browser.
Click where indicated if you see this banner.
If you are not seeing the gold bar, click 'Click here to download' to start downloading.
3. Install This Add-on
A window will appear.
Click 'Install This Add-on for All Users on This Computer...'
4. Security Warning
Next, a security box pops up.
Click 'Run' to continue.
5. Reader will now download
This may take some time.
After downloading is complete you may see a User Account Control dialog pop-up box, stating that Windows needs permission to continue.
6. Reader will now update setup
7. Destination Folder
You will be asked where you want to install Reader.
If you are unsure leave it as it is and click 'Next'
8. Ready to install the program
Click 'Install' to begin the installation.
9. Installing Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader is now being installed.
10. Reader is complete
You should see the 'Setup Completed' screen.
You can now view Reader content.
Certain services offered on the BBC website such as audio, video, animations and games require specific additional third party software (called 'plug-ins'). You may have such software already loaded onto your computer. If you do not then, should you wish to use these BBC services, you will need to licence and download such software from a third party software company.
We will direct you to the relevant pages of the software company website. The website will give a set of instructions that you will need to follow in order to download the plug-in. In particular you will be asked by the software company to agree to its terms and conditions of licence. Any such agreement is between you and the software company and the BBC does not accept any liability in relation either to the download or to the use of the plug-in.
The BBC does not use any plug-in that is not available FREE OF CHARGE. However most software companies will also offer versions of their plug-ins that require payment. We will always try to direct you to the free download pages of the software company site. You may of course choose to licence paid-for software from the third party. However if you only want to download the free plug-in you should not be asked for, nor give, any credit card or other payment details.
Although the BBC uses third party plug-ins in order to provide the best possible web service, it does not endorse any third party software. If you choose to enter into an agreement with the third party and download the plug-in you do so at you own risk.