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Note:  The information and steps outlined below are for installing and activating the Single User licensing model of CommonLook PDF on your machine.  If you need to install and use the Concurrent User licensing model, please contact us at for that installation information.

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System Requirements

IMPORTANT: Before installing CommonLook® PDF, please ensure that the workstation meets the following minimal requirements.

  • Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista,
  • Adobe Acrobat 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 (Acrobat X) or 11.0 (Acrobat XI), Standard or Professional, Adobe Acrobat DC.


Please read and follow the download and installation instructions carefully!

Start Here:  Use this link to Download CommonLook PDF
commonlook pdf product box


Note:  The installation MUST be performed while logged in to Windows as a user with Administrative Privileges on the local machine.

Locate and run the CommonLook PDF installer.

The first step when installing CommonLook PDF will be to accept the terms of the “License Agreement.”  Please read and agree with the “License Agreement,” check the “I agree to the license terms and conditions” checkbox, and select “Install.”

The CommonLook PDF Global Access License Agreement dialog window. The checkbox indicating agreement to licensing terms is checked and the Install button is highlighted.

Setup will then extract the files needed to install CommonLook PDF.

Choose “Yes” when asked if you want to allow the program to make changes to your computer.

The setup will begin after the extraction process is complete.  Depending on your workstation environment, prior to installing CommonLook PDF, you may also have to install Microsoft.NET 4.0.  (If needed, this prerequisite is installed automatically, however, you may have to reboot your machine one or more times during this part of the setup.)

The CommonLook PDF installation will continue after necessary prerequisites have been installed.

On the “Welcome Screen,” choose “Next.”

The CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess Setup Welcome screen.

The “Register CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess” screen will open.  Choose “Register Now.”

The "Register CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess" screen with the "Register Now" button highlighted.

A window will open with options to choose your Licensing model.  Select the “Single” radio button.  (Remember, as stated above, if you need to use the Concurrent User Licensing model, you’ll need to contact our support team for the proper installation information.)

The Register CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess screen with the Single User License radio button highlighted and selected.

If this is a new installation, enter the Product Key supplied by CommonLook in the download email.

If you’re upgrading from a previous version of CommonLook PDF, your Product Key will be entered in the “Product Key” field.

Activation Options:

Select to get your “Activation Key” through the Internet (the recommended choice).

(The other option, to get the Activation Key by email, is available if you try to use the internet method and it’s unsuccessful due to firewall settings, for example.  IF you need to choose this method, refer to those instructions below.)

The Register CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess screen with the Activation options - by internet or by email - highlighted.

After choosing your activation method, select the “Register” button.

The Registration screen with options for the Single licensing model and getting activation key through email are selected. The Register button is also highlighted.

Then, choose “Next.”

The "Next" button is highlighted on the Registration screen.

The “Destination Folder” screen allows you to specify a target folder for the software installation.  It’s recommended that you use the default.

Choose “Next.”

The Destination Folder screen with the Next button highlighted.

On the “Ready to install” screen, select the “Install” button.

The Ready to install CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess dialog window and Install button.

Once the installation is completed select “Finish.”

The Completed Setup Wizard screen in CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess with the Finish button highlighted.

“Close” the screen that indicates the installation was successful.

The Successful Installation screen with the Close button highlighted.

Getting the Activation Key by Email:

If you tried to get your Activation key through the internet and you weren’t successful, choose the other option, to get the Activation Key by email.

Note:  When choosing to get your Activation key by email, there will be a value entered in the “Information” field below the “Activation by Email” radio button.  Copy that “Information” value and email it to  Support will promptly reply with an “Activation Code.”  Copy and paste your “Activation Code” into that field on this registration screen.

The Registration and activation screen for CommonLook with the radio button for "Activate by email" selected. The information and Activation Code fields are highlighted.

Using CommonLook PDF

Once CommonLook PDF has been installed and registered, you’re ready to begin using it!

Please refer to the CommonLook PDF User’s Guide for additional help using the software.  Hint:  You may find the “Quick Start Guide” particularly helpful.

Open a tagged PDF in Adobe Acrobat and, in the toolbar at the top, choose “Plug-Ins.”  In the menu that opens, choose “CommonLook” and then choose “CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess.”

If the PDF is not tagged, an error message, like the one pictured below, will appear, stating that the document is untagged and that you should add tags in Acrobat before opening CommonLook.

The error message from CommonLook indicating that the PDF is not tagged and that tags need to be added in Acrobat before opening CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess.

Reporting Installation and Registration Issues

If you encounter any issues during installation/registration, please email . Try to include as many details as possible (screenshots are also very helpful) and our support team will assist you promptly.


For information regarding formal training in using CommonLook PDF, please visit our Training page.

Legal Notices


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Warnings and Disclaimers

Every effort has been made to make this document as complete and as accurate as possible, but no warranty or fitness is implied. The information provided is on an “as is” basis. NetCentric Technologies Inc. shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damages arising from the information contained in this document.