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How To Open PDF Files

PDFs, or files with the .pdf extension, are Portable Document Format files. PDF is a file format used for documents that need a fixed layout, text, fonts, and graphics. PDF files are typically used to send and distribute brochures, forms, and other documents electronically.

Most computers have a PDF editor already installed, and will open a PDF file automatically. However, if one is not available, follow these simple instructions to open your PDF file.


  • 1

    Download and install a free PDF editor and reader, such as PDFCreator or Adobe Reader.

  • 2

    Once installed, double-click on the file you wish to open.

  • 3

    If you wish, you can set your newly-installed program to be the default application for opening PDF files.


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