What’s that? Someone sent you a pdf file, and you don’n have any way to open it? And you’d like a fast, easy method for opening it and you don’t want to spend a lot of money? In fact, you’d like it free? No problem — here’s the solution.
What is a PDF?
If you’re looking for a way to open pdf files, there’s a possibility that you’re unsure what they even are. It’s actually pretty simple. Pdf stands for Portable Document Matra and was created by the company Adobe in the early 1990s as a way for people to easily create, share and maintain digitized documents. The pdf has certainly filled this goal, as the file type is widely used on many types of computers and devices. A pdf is essentially a digital document that can be distributed and even signed easily.
Surprisingly, you might already have a way to view that pdf file installed — your web browser. Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Edge web browsers all support ways to view a pdf file directly in the browser. This can be a useful feature, especially if you only need to perform a quick viewing of a pdf and don’t necessarily need to download, share or work with it. A web browser might automatically open a pdf file when you click on one online, or you might right-click the pdf file and select “Open With” and choose your favorite browser.
Try Adobe’s Free Reader
Adobe — the company that originated the pdf file — offers an excellent and free pdf viewer called Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. Not to be confused with the similarly-named Adobe Acrobat DC, the Reader is free and offers a robust desktop solution for viewing and working with pdf files, although it doesn’n support editing. Editing pdf files requires Acrobat DC.
Installing the Reader, Part 1
Installing Adobe’s free pdf reader is simple. The company offers both Windows and Macintosh versions of the software, which are readily available on Adobe’s website. At only 160MB, the downloading process should proceed fairly quickly.
Installing the Reader, Part 2
Once the downloading process is finished, simply follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. When finished, the program will likely launch automatically whenever you double-click or otherwise attempt to open a pdf file. There are a lot of features in Acrobat Reader DC, including commenting and signing, and it should make working with pdf files simple and quick.