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Adobe Acrobat - Software Installation and Activation (Faculty/Staff)

This document will show you how to install and activate Adobe Acrobat.

The full version of Adobe Acrobat is only available on Southwest Tech issued devices for staff and faculty computers. All campus computers will come loaded with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

Note: Adobe Acrobat is a large install. Please be patient as the install will take 15+ minutes to complete depending on your internet connection. Please wait until the installation completes before attempting to open the software.

You must be closed out of Adobe Reader and any open Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) to complete the install. The download size is over 2GB in size so the download will likely take 5+ minutes to complete or more depending on your connection. The installation phase will then take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
  1. Please install "Adobe Acrobat" via the Company Portal. For guidance on installing applications through the Company Portal, please refer to the following KnowledgeBase article: Company Portal.


  2. During the installation phase, if you have Adobe Reader or any Office applications open, you'll encounter a prompt requesting you to close them. Once these applications are closed, the installation process will resume. You can expedite this process by selecting "Close Programs", which will automatically close them for you.

    Screenshot of prompt asking user to close out of programs

  3. Adobe Acrobat will begin installing. Please be patient as the installation process will take approximately ten minutes to complete. Please refrain from attempting to open Acrobat or any Office programs during this time as it could interrupt the installation.

    Screenshot of installation process

  4. You will see a message saying the "Installation has completed successfully" when it completes. Click "OK".

    Screenshot of installation complete

  5. Once the installation completes, open the Acrobat software. The first time you open the software on your computer you may be prompted to log in to activate the license.
    • If prompted please continue to follow the remaining steps to activate the licenses.
    • If you're not prompted to activate the license you may begin using Acrobat.

  6. Enter in your Southwest Tech email address and then click "Continue".

    Acrobat email sign in screen

  7. Under "Select an account". select "Company or School Account"

    Acrobat select Company or School Account screen

  8. You'll need to enter your password and authenticate using the multifactor authentication prompt sent to your phone.

  9. Adobe Acrobat is now ready for use.

Keywordsreader pdf full edit activation sign in activate reader   Doc ID109519
OwnerAndy M.GroupSWTC
Created2021-03-04 12:26:03Updated2024-02-23 08:55:33
SitesSouthwest Wisconsin Technical College
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