• February 20, 2024

What is a PDF file and how do I open it?

Many novice PC users are faced with files of an unknown extension. One of these extensions is .pdf. What is a PDF file and how do I open it? Let’s figure it out.

What is PDF?

First, we need to understand how this extension is deciphered. PDF stands for Portable Document Format, which translated into Russian will sound like “portable document format”. The idea behind this format is quite simple: accurate display of printed products in electronic form. PDF is usually used for various documentation. User manuals, e-books, application forms, scanned documents and more – all of these files will most likely be in the .pdf extension.

Adobe is responsible for the development of this format. When creating the PDF, she set herself the following tasks: any hardware / operating system can work with the format and it can be opened without the software with which it was created. All in all, PDF is a hugely important development from Adobe that users benefit from literally on a daily basis. This is despite the fact that the format was created 25 years ago, i.e. in 1993.

How do I open a PDF?

Ok, let’s now suppose that you need to download some documentation for work or some kind of book for a training course in PDF format from the Internet. The question is: how to open it? In fact, a PDF file can be opened even with a browser installed on your computer. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera – almost any browser will do. Just drag the PDF file into the browser window and you will have full access to the electronic version of the documentation.

If you do not want to use a browser (quite understandable desire), then there is another solution, and from the Adobe company itself. To get full access to a PDF file, you can use an extremely handy program like Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. There you can find any tools and options that will help you get the best experience of the PDF content. Among other things, you can also find a bunch of other programs on the Internet that can give you about the same functionality as Adobe, but we still recommend using Acrobat Acrobat Reader DC, as it is shareware and available on all platforms.

Wait, is Acrobat Acrobat Reader DC shareware? Yes, to view the available PDFs, you simply need to download this Adobe solution to your computer and install. However, if you need to not only read the file, but also, say, edit it, you will have to buy a subscription, and it is far from cheap. The most “fancy” version of the program will cost you $ 15, which can be considered a high price, given the dollar exchange rate. So if you need to edit a PDF file, try to find some free analogue on the Internet.

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