How do I verify my Adobe Reader?

Verify Adobe Version

To verify if you have a compatible version of Adobe Reader installed, click on the test application package link below:

VERIFY ADOBE VERSIONING TEST APPLICATION PACKAGE

If an error message displays, the test application package was opened with an incompatible version of Adobe Reader. To download the compatible version required to complete and submit a grant application package please visit the download software page. If you can see the application package you have a compatible version of Adobe Reader to apply for grant applications on Grants.gov.

Set Adobe Reader as Default

Set your computer's default to use the correct version of Adobe Reader for opening all files with a PDF extension.

Please note: This option will cause your computer to always use Adobe Reader to open files having a PDF filename extension.

How to do this will vary with each user's installation of the Operating System.

  • If using Windows:
    1. Verify the correct version of Adobe Reader is installed on your computer
    2. Right click the Windows Start button
    3. Select Explore
    4. From the Windows Explore menu, click Tools, Folder Options
    5. Click on the tab "File Types"
    6. Locate PDF in the "Registered file types" and highlight it
    7. Click Change
    8. Choose "Select the Program from a List"
    9. Select Adobe Reader (Grants.gov compatible version) from the list
      Note: This list displays only as Adobe Reader (Grants.gov compatible version) be sure you have verified version in Step 1 above
    10. Check "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file"
    11. Click Ok
  • If using Vista:
    1. Verify the compatible version of Adobe Reader is installed on your computer
    2. Click the Start button
    3. Select Control Panel
    4. Select Programs
    5. Under Default Programs, select "Make a file type always open in a specific program"
    6. Locate PDF in the "Set Associations" window, and select it
    7. Click Change Program button
    8. Choose "Select the Program from a List"
    9. Select Adobe Reader (Grants.gov compatible version) from the list
      Note: This list displays only as Adobe Reader (Grants.gov compatible version) be sure you have verified version in Step 1 above
    10. Check "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file"
    11. Click Ok
  • If using MAC:
    1. Verify the compatible version of Adobe Reader is installed on your computer
    2. Click the Finder button
    3. Select and click on a PDF file
    4. Select "Get Info" under the File Menu
    5. Use "Open With:" to change the default application
    6. Locate Adobe in the programs list and select it
    7. Click on Change All button