How to read PDFs on Windows 10.

Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to open PDFs on your PC. Learn how to view a PDF on Windows 10 in two simple steps.

Step one: Download a PDF reader.

The first step to read PDFs on Windows 10 is to download a PDF reader. You can open PDFs with Microsoft Edge (which is the default app), but it will only offer limited functionality. The best way to view PDFs is with a PDF-specific reader.

Many PDF readers, like Adobe Acrobat, can be downloaded for free online. If you need more advanced features like editing, signing, and annotating capabilities, you’ll need to purchase the upgraded version of the software.

To download a reader, simply visit the reader’s website, click the download button, and follow the prompts to install it to your Windows 10 computer.

Step two: Open the PDF file.

With the reader downloaded, follow these steps to open the PDF file:

  1. Find the PDF in your Files and open it with a double-click.
  2. Select Adobe Acrobat (or your preferred PDF reader) from the list of available options. If an options window doesn’t appear, or if the PDF opens in another program, go back to the File view and right-click on the PDF. Then, select Open With and choose your downloaded reader.
  3. Click Open.

Your PDF should open in a new window, ready for you to read. For Acrobat users, you’ll also have access to toolbars to adjust reading view, colors and styles, and many other options to match your reading preferences.

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