Install Adobe PDF Reader on Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) has a default PDF reader already installed; however, it is a fairly simplistic viewer. If you would rather use Adobe Reader, it is available for easy installation using the Ubuntu Software Center.


To install Adobe Reader 9, select Ubuntu Software Center from the Applications menu.

Opening the Ubuntu Software Center

In the Ubuntu Software Center, select Canonical Partners under the Get Software section. Then, select Adobe Reader 9 in the right pane and click the More Info button.

Selecting Adobe Reader 9

Adobe Reader 9 is available in the “lucid-partner” source, which is not available by default when you install Ubuntu 10.04. On the Adobe Reader 9 screen, click the Use This Source button.

Clicking the Use This Source button

An Authenticate dialog box displays because you are performing an action that requires privileges in your account. Enter your account password and click Authenticate.

Authentication dialog box for installation privileges

You also need to provide authentication to query the software repositories. Enter your account password again and click Authenticate.

Authenticate dialog box for querying the software repositories

You are returned to the Ubuntu Software Center. Click the Install button that is now available to the right of the More Info button.

Install button for Adobe Reader 9

During the installation, In Progress displays in the left pane, and an Install progress bar displays on the right side of the dialog box.

In progress notification

Before the installation finishes, a dialog box displays. If you want Adobe Reader 9 to be your default PDF viewer rather than the default Document Viewer, select the Set Adobe Reader as the default PDF Viewer? check box.

Setting Adobe Reader as the default PDF viewer

Once the installation is finished, you are returned to the Ubuntu Software Center. A green check mark displays next to Adobe Reader 9 in the list on the right indicating it is installed.

Green mark indicating Adobe Reader is installed

To close the Ubuntu Software Center, select Close from the File menu.

Closing the Ubuntu Software Center

If you chose to make Adobe Reader 9 your default PDF viewer, you can now double-click on a PDF file to open it in Adobe Reader 9.

Double-clicking on a PDF file

The Adobe Reader License Agreement displays. Read through it and click the Accept button.

Adobe Reader License Agreement

The main Adobe Reader screen displays. To display a table of contents, click the Bookmarks button on the left side of the dialog box.

PDF file open in Adobe Reader 9

To access Adobe Reader 9 from the Applications menu, you need to first reboot your system. Then, select Office | Adobe Reader 9 from the Applications menu.

Adobe Reader on the Applications menu

Adobe Reader 9 allows you to easily view and print on PDF files. Use Adobe Reader 9 to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on PDF files.

by Lori Kaufman

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