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Foxit Reader

The Foxit Reader is a free tool for creating, viewing, editing, digitally signing, and printing the Pdf files. It is developed by Fuzhou, a China-based company. It is well known for its performance and small file size; It is also compared with Adobe Reader.

It is available for both the free and premium versions. Its premium version includes several extensive features.

The Windows version of Foxit reader allows us to annotate, save incomplete PDF forms. Further, it allows us to draw, import/export, convert to text and highlight pdf files. It can be integrated with popular ECMs and cloud storage.

Platform Support

The Foxit Reader is a cross-platform tool that supports all the major platforms such as Windows, Linux and macOS. It provides almost similar user experience and views on all the platforms.

Hardware Requirements

Following are the minimum hardware requirement to install the Foxit reader on the system:

  • 3 GHz or faster processor.
  • 512 MB RAM (Recommended: 1 GB RAM or greater)
  • 2G of available hard drive space
  • 1024*768 screen resolution.
  • Supports 4K and other high-resolution displays

In this section, we will see how to download Foxit Reader on different platforms. Further, we will see how to use it. Let's understand its features:

Features of Foxit Reader

The Foxit Reader includes the following features:

  • Free
  • Lightweight & Fast
  • Cross-platform support
  • View, Annotate, Form Fill, and Sign the Pdf files.
  • Integrate with popular ECMs & cloud storage
  • Reading & Printing the Pdf files.
  • Encrypt the Pdf Files
  • Customizable & Deployable on all the platforms

How to Download Foxit Reader

To download the Foxit Reader, follow the below link:

It will open the Foxit Reader's download page. Scroll down the page and navigate to Foxit Reader.

Foxit Reader

For the free version, click on the Free Download Option and for the premium version, select the Enterprise Packaging option. It will open a pop-up window to choose the required operating system.

Foxit Reader

Here, we can find four system options Windows, macOS, Linux (32 bit), Linux (64 bit) & in the language section; we can find different language options. Select the operating system & language and click on the Free Download option. It will start downloading the Foxit Reader installer file.

To install the Foxit Reader, run the installer file & follow the installation prompts. It will install the Foxit Reader on your machine.

Let' see how to install it on the Linux system:

How to Install the Foxit Reader on Linux

Follow the below steps to install the Foxit reader on the Linux system:

Step1: Download the Installer file

The first step is to download the installer file. For the Linux system, choose the Linux file according to the system configuration.

Step2: Unzip the File

A tar.gz zip file will be downloaded for the Linux system. Unzip this file to access the installer file:

Foxit Reader

Step3: Run the Installer File

Now, run the installer file; it will start installing the software.

Step4: Specify Default Directory

In this step, specify the default location for the Foxit Reader. It will use this location for the default workspace.

Foxit Reader

Click Next to continue.

Step5: Accept the License Agreement

Now, accept the license agreement.

Foxit Reader

It will start installing the Foxit Reader.

Foxit Reader

Wait for the installation to be completed. It will take a while and complete the installation process.

After the successful installation, it will show a confirmation window. Click on the Finish option.

Foxit Reader

Now, the software is successfully installed on our machine. We can use it by opening it.

Let's understand how to use it.

How to use Foxit Reader

The Foxit Reader has a straight forward interface. It is super easy to use.

To use it, search it from the application menu.

Foxit Reader

Click on the Reader icon.

It has the below interface:

Foxit Reader

Now, open a file, click on the Plus (+) icon or navigate to File-> Open menu. It will open the file manager. Navigate to the directory that contains the file or search for it.

Foxit Reader

We can also use the CTRL+O shortcut keys to open a file. We can view and edit the file using its menus and tools.

It contains the following menu options:

  • File
  • Edit
  • View
  • Tools
  • Comments
  • Protect
  • Connect
  • Foxit Drive
  • Help

We can operate by navigating to the respective menu. We can perform several operations such as view, edit, sign, protect, etc. on a file. Further, we can upload it to Foxit Drive.

We can set the Foxit Reader as the default pdf reader or choose a file to open with Foxit Reader.

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