How to open PDF

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PDFelement (Windows / Mac)

The first resource I want to invite you to consider for opening PDFs is PDFelement. It is a software available for both Windows and Mac that offers its users a wide range of display modes. It also lets you add notes and comments, highlight PDF text, insert links, and more. Unfortunately it is not free but before proceeding with the possible purchase of the program you can download and test the trial version (as I did to write this step).

To download it to your computer, connected to the program's website, press the button Free Trial and then the one with the logo on Windows (to get the version for Windows) or with theFinder icon (to get the Mac version).

When the download is complete, if you are using Windows open the .exe file you just obtained and click on Si. So press on OK to confirm the use of the cittàn language and on NEXT. Select the voice I accept the terms of the license agreement and click to anchor your NEXT three times and then on end.

If you are using a Mac instead, open the .dmg package obtained and drag the program icon into the folder Applications of macOS. Then right click on it and choose apri twice in a row, in order to bypass Apple's restrictions on unauthorized developers.

Regardless of the operating system used, to be able to view your PDF files, just click on the button Open File that you find in the left part of the window on the screen and select, in fact, the reference PDF document. If you want to view multiple PDFs at the same time, go to the menu Fillet, choose the item apri and select the other documents that will then be opened in further program tabs.

To manage all viewing options, expand the menu instead Show at the top and use the buttons you see appear to, for example, change the zoom level, adapt the page to the screen, etc.

If you then want to select part of the text, choose the option Select placed on the left and highlight the text of your interest. If you want to edit the text by adding notes, comments and so on, expand the menus Annotation e Modification at the top and choose the options and tools you prefer.

Do you want to export the opened PDF document as an image or other file? It can be done. To do this, click on the menu Fillet which is at the top, select Converted, select Word or Other formats or again, Other PDF formats depending on what your needs are and indicate the final output format by clicking on its icon.

Soda PDF (Windows / Mac)

Another resource you have on your side to be able to open PDFs is Soda PDF. It is available at no cost for both Windows and Mac and allows you to read any PDF document as well as explore catalogs, magazines, eBooks and so on using proprietary 3D technology. In short, try it now and you will see that you will not regret it.

To use it, connect to the program's website and click on the button Free Download, in order to start the download of Soda PDF on your computer.

When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, open the .exe file obtained, click on Si e pulsing sul pulsating NEXT to start the installation.

If instead you are using a Mac, open the .pkg package obtained and click, in the window that appeared on the desktop, on Continue for two consecutive times and on Accept. Then click on the buttons Continue e Install, type the password of your user account on macOS and wait for the installation to complete. Then start the program by clicking on its icon in the Launchpad.

Now that, regardless of the operating system, you see the Soda PDF window on the screen, to open the PDF you want to view click on the button Open PDF document, select the file to browse and press the button apri. On Mac, instead, click on the entry Fillet present in the menu bar at the top, select Open from the menu that appears and choose the PDF file of your interest.

Once the document is displayed, you can change the view mode as you see fit by clicking on the tab viewing at the top and using the buttons and items attached to the menu that appears. From there, for example, you can change the zoom level, you can enable or disable the 3D view, you can choose to open the document in full screen and much more.

If you want to add bookmarks, annotations, text highlights, etc., go to the tabs Creations, Modification e Inserting that you always find at the top and use the tools attached to them.

If you then want to export your PDF in a different format, select the tab Conversion which is always on top and click the button corresponding to the format in which you intend to export your document to your computer.

Chrome (Windows/Mac)

You probably weren't aware of it but you need to know that too Chrome, the Google home web browser, is able to perform the function of PDF file viewer. In addition to allowing you to visit your favorite websites, in fact, it includes a plugin for opening and viewing PDFs which, in fact, allows you to open documents of this type without having to resort to additional programs on your computer.

To use it in this sense, first of all download the famous browser on your Windows PC or on your Mac (if you have not already done so, of course) following the instructions I gave you in my tutorial dedicated to the topic.

Then start browsing and drag the PDF document you want to open into a new tab. Alternatively, you can open your PDFs in Chrome by right clicking on the reference file, selecting the entry Open with from the menu that appears and then choosing Google Chrome from the additional menu that opens.

Through the screen that will be shown to you at this point you can view your PDF, increase or decrease the zoom level (using the buttons [+] e [-] at the bottom right) and enable or disable the internal screen display (using the button depicting a square with open sides which is always at the bottom right).

You can also print the PDF (by clicking on the printed at the top) and rotate the document (pressing the button with the arrow that you always find at the top of the screen).

Please note: The PDF viewing function is also included in all other popular browsers (eg. Firefox e Safari) but compared to them Chrome offers better document management.

PDF-XChange Viewer (Windows)

PDF-XChange Viewer it is instead a program to open PDF files for free, completely in cittàn and that really has nothing to envy to commercial solutions. With it you can not only open any type of document in PDF format but also delete / extract pages from files, export them as images and much more.

You ask me how to use it? I'll point it out to you right away. The first step you need to take is to connect to the software website and click on the button Download placed at the top center, in order to download the program on your PC.

Once the download is complete, extract the compressed archive you just obtained in any position and start the .exe file inside it to start the software installation procedure. In the window that opens, first click on Si and OK to confirm the use of the cittàn language. Then press on NEXT, check the box next to the item I accept the terms of the license agreement, click your NEXT six consecutive times, press on Install and then end.

Once you have installed the program on your computer, you can immediately start using it to view your documents in digital format. To open a PDF file with PDF-XChange Viewer, all you have to do is click on the button apri found on the software toolbar.

You can also open multiple documents at the same time in the same PDF-XChange Viewer window, using the tabs displayed at the top of the program, and select / copy the texts in them by clicking on the icon Select present in the toolbar and highlighting the desired portions of text with the mouse.

To export the open PDF as an image, instead, go to the menu Fillet, select the voice Export and click on Export as an image. In the window that opens, select the file format in which you want to export your document from the menu Image Type:, indicates the folder in which to save the images by clicking on the button Sfoglia ... and start the conversion by clicking on Export ....

You can also add texts and notes within open documents. To do this, go to the menu Instrumentsclick your Comment and annotate e seleciona le voci Notes e Text.

Preview (Mac)

Are you using a Mac and would like to get acquainted with an alternative system to the ones mentioned above to open PDFs? If this is the case, I am happy to inform you that if you are not looking for particularly advanced features you can also avoid resorting to the use of third-party tools and rely on Preview, the application included "standard" in macOS thanks to which you can view images and PDFs.

To use it for your purpose, simply double-click the icon of the PDF of your interest and within a few moments you will see it appear on the screen, in the Preview window. If doing so nothing happens or if you have set a different PDF reader as default, open Preview by clicking on its icon (the one with the photography) in Launchpad, select the reference PDF from the window that opens and press the button apri.

Once the PDF is displayed, you can possibly highlight one or more parts of the text by clicking on the button with theHighlighter which is high up. If you want to insert notes, drawings etc., click on the button with the pencil always located at the top of the Preview window. To manage the zoom level, use the appropriate buttons with the magnifying glass which are located at the top left.

Do you want to import your PDF as an image? This can also be done. To do this, click on the item Fillet attached to the menu bar, select Export ..., indicate the format of the output file from the drop-down menu Size, choose the location for saving via the menu Located in: e pigia his Save.

App to open PDFs

To conclude with a flourish, as they say, I want to point out some applications for smartphones and tablets that you can use to open your PDFs directly and comfortably on the move, without necessarily having to go through the computer.

There are both for Android and iOS, both free and paid. You will find listed below those that in my humble opinion represent the best in the category. Download the one you think is best for you and start using it right away.

  • Exodus PDF (Android / iOS) - Excellent application for mobile devices thanks to which you can open and view documents in PDF format. It also includes some editing features that can be very convenient and also supports the synchronization of documents via the cloud.
  • Foxit PDF Reader & Converter (Android / iOS) - Popular app for opening PDFs on the go. It's free but through in-app purchases you can enable extra features, such as protecting PDFs with certificates, signing PDF documents with digital certificates, creating blank PDFs, etc.
  • Google PDF Viewer (Android) - As you can guess from the name itself, this is the PDF file viewer distributed directly by Google for its devices. It offers all the most sought after basic features and is free.
  • PDF Expert da Readlle (iOS) - Application for iOS devices through which you can view and edit PDFs in a simple and complete way and through a very pleasant user interface. It costs 10,99 euros.
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