How to share files online.

Learn about the most popular file sharing methods and how you can share PDFs over the internet.

The days of sending documents through snail mail are over. We can’t digitize and send physical products over the internet (yet, at least), but online file sharing is the way to go for documents like forms or contracts. But with so many options available, how can you pick the best way to share your files?

Let’s take a look at some methods to share your files online.

Use traditional file sharing services.

Perhaps the most common way to share files online for free is to send them as email attachments. It’s a workable solution, but the attached files have to be fairly small. Your inbox can also get cluttered with dozens of file attachments — unless you’ve put a lot of effort into organizing everything in separate folders.

The go-to method for most people is to use one of the many cloud-based file sharing services. They all come with specific features, but in general, they’re good solutions for keeping multiple files in one place. As a bonus, they function as an extra layer of backup.

Share files directly from an application.

Most cloud services, however, don’t allow you to work with those files online. That’s why many document editors now allow you to share files directly from the software to retain editing functionality.

For example, Adobe Acrobat makes it easy to share PDF files with others for their review and comments. Here’s how it works:

  1. Open your document in Acrobat on Mac or PC.
  2. Select the Share With Others button in the top toolbar.
  3. Enter an email address for each recipient.
  4. Select Allow Comments and set a deadline if necessary.
  5. Select Send.

Once sent, your recipients can view and add comments to the file in any web browser. Plus, you’ll be able to track the file and get real-time updates when someone leaves a comment.

Find out about other ways to work with PDFs online, from converting your files to PDF, to compressing PDF files to smaller sizes. Discover everything you can do with Acrobat.