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How to Read PDF Files


PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It is a convenient and widespread method for distributing formatted documents. In order to read PDF files, you need a program that understands the format. The most common such program is Acrobat Reader, which is a free download from Adobe Systems.

You Probably Don't Need to Do Anything

Odds are, you already have a copy of it on your computer. But, you might not. If you would like to test, try to open a PDF. If it doesn't load, come back to this page and follow the directions in the next section. Now, try to load our sample PDF file.

If It Didn't Work...

...then you either don't have a PDF reader or your PDF reader is out of date. You have two options.

  1. You may download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader. It's available for almost every kind of computer and it's free.
  2. If you do not wish to or cannot run Acrobat Reader on your computer, you may still view the essence of PDF files by using Adobe's PDF to text conversion utility. You just have to copy the web address of the PDF into the page.

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