To access forms from the OWCP's Federal Employees Program you must either use the Internet Explorer browser, download each individual form, or change your browser's settings to automatically download all PDF files. Once you've downloaded one of our forms, open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader.


There are two options for accessing PDFs in Chrome: (1) Download the PDF from the browser or (2) change Chrome's settings to automatically download all PDFs (although some workplaces don't allow you to change your browser settings).

Downloading PDFs in Chrome

  1. Click on the link to the form on the website, and when the form opens in the browser, click on the download button.

    Download PDF button in browser
  2. Save the PDF to your computer.

    Save PDF file to your computer
  3. DO NOT click on the downloaded form in the browser.

    Do not click on form in browser
  4. Open your file explorer and navigate to the file.

    Open File Explorer and find file
  5. Open the form with Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

Changing Chrome Settings to Always Download PDFs

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser on your computer. Google Chrome Browser
  2. Click on the line of three dots in the top-right corner of the browser  Chrome settings
  3. When you click the three dots a dropdown menu will appear. Click on "Settings" in the dropdown menu.
  4. Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section and then click "Site Settings."
  5. In the "Content" section click on "Additional content settings," then click on "PDF documents."
  6. Next to "Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome" change the toggle button to "On"
    Toggle on for downloading PDF files
  7. Close settings and click on a link to a form.
  8. The form will download. Open your downloads folder and open the form in Adobe Acrobat Reader.



  1. Open the Firefox browser Firefox browser icon
  2. Click the three lines in the top-right corner of the browser Firefox settings menu
  3. When you click the three lines a dropdown menu will appear. Select “Options” from the dropdown menu  Firefox options
  4. Make sure the "General" option is selected.
    Firefox General option
  5. In the "Applications" section, within "Files and Applications", select Portable Document File (PDF) in the "Content Type" column, and click the down arrow icon Firefox down arrow
  6. Select "Save File" from the drop-down menu.
    Firefox save PDF
  7. When you use Firefox to open a form, open the saved file within Adobe Acrobat Reader.