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Open a PDF?

PDF (Portable Document Format) files are commonly used for creating and distributing documents because the PDF can retain preserved formatting irrespective of the operating system and device of the user. Since PDFs are a standardized format, there are multiple numbers of apps available to open PDFs, such as Web browsers, Adobe Acrobat Reader, word processing apps, and even third-party apps. Nearly every device allows us to open PDF files.

There are multiple ways to open a PDF file. Let's see one by one:

1. Open PDF in Adobe

Adobe reader is one of the most popular PDF Reader. You need to download and install the Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is free. To download it, go to the official website here.

  • Once the Adobe Reader is installed, open this app.
  • Go to the File menu and choose Open.. option or press Ctrl+O.
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  • Browse to the location of the PDF file, and select the file, and then click on the Open button to open the file.
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You can also open the PDF file directly from Windows Explorer. Once you have installed a PDF Reader on your computer, you can open a PDF file just by double-clicking your mouse.

Open Windows Explorer or My Computer or This PC and select your desired PDF file to open. Double click on the PDF file or right-click on it and select Open with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

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2. Open a PDF in your Web Browser

If you have another app that can read PDFs, then you can use web browsers. The web browsers have an inbuilt PDF reader.

  • To open the PDF in a web browser, go to the location of the PDF and right-click on the PDF.
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  • Select Open with menu and choose your appropriate browser. Your PDF file will open in your selected browser.
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3. Open a PDF in Word

MS Word 2013 or above allows us to open your PDF file. Here I will use MS Office 2016 to open my PDF file.

  • Open your MS Word and go to the Open menu.
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  • Browse to your PDF file location and select the file then click on the Open button.
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  • Once you open your PDF file, you will get one message from Microsoft Word. Click OK.
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  • Now you can view your PDF file in MS word.
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4. Open a PDF in online tools.

There are many online tools available to open a PDF. Such as, PDFPro, sodapdf, pdfescape, smallpdf, pdfOnlineReader, PDFElelement, etc.

Here, we will use a Smallpdf tool.

  • Go to the given link. You will get the page like below:
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  • Drag and drop your file or select the CHOOSE FILES option to browse your PDF file.
  • Once you browse your file then wait for some time, the tool will upload PDF file to view. Now you can view your PDF file.
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