How to Close Adobe Reader

By Craig Witt

Created by Adobe Systems, Adobe Reader is a viewing program that allows users to open and print the contents of files distributed in the Portable Document Format (PDF). In most situations, closing Adobe Reader after viewing a PDF file is a quick task involving standard menu items and a few mouse clicks. However, if you experience problems while attempting to shut down the program, manually force it to close using the Windows Task Manager utility.

Using Adobe Reader

Step 1

Bring up the open Adobe Reader application.

Step 2

Click "File" in the top menu bar.

Step 3

Select "Exit."

Using the Windows Task Manager

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Run."

Step 2

Type "taskmgr" (without quotation marks) in the "Open" field and click "OK" to open the Windows Task Manager.

Step 3

Select the tab labeled "Processes."

Step 4

Single-click the item labeled "AcroRd32.exe," located under the "Image Name" column.

Step 5

Click the "End Process" button.