How to Open PDF Files in Simple Steps?

Did you find that opening PDF files can be difficult sometimes? Though it’s a common task in everyday life, it can be completed efficiently by learning how to open a PDF file using a browser or third-party software.

This article will include three methods to open PDF files in simple steps. Keep reading to easily open, read, edit, and share your PDF files with others.

Simple Steps to Open PDF Files

Using a Web Browser

Most web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge, enable you to drag and drop a PDF file to view it in the browser.

The steps are to right-click on the file and choose “Open with”> your preferred browser. Note that if the browser is the default one to open your PDF files, you only have to double-click on the PDF file.

Here we’ll take Google Chrome as an example. To open a PDF file in Chrome browser, follow these two steps:

Using Google Chrome to open a PDF

1. Drag and drop the PDF file into a new tab in Google Chrome. Or, you can click on the PDF file to select “Open with” > “Google Chrome”.

2.  The file should be automatically opened in the window.

If the file is not shown on the screen, you must click the download icon at the bottom of the window. This will initiate the downloading and you can click on the downloaded file to open it in the browser.

If the PDF file didn’t automatically show in the browser after you choose to open it with Google Chrome, it’s because you didn’t set Chrome as the default browser to open PDF files. hao! henyoujingshen, keyizaifuxi40gedancizaijixvkanshuheihei…

Here’s how you can do it:

Choose "Privacy and security" > "Settings"

● Navigate to the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen and select “Settings.” 

● Choose “Privacy and security” > “Settings”

Choose "Privacy and security"。

● Scroll down to the “Content” tab and choose “PDF Documents”. (if you didn’t see the option on the “Content” tab, click on the “Additional content settings” to find it.)

Select "Open PDFs in Chrome".

● Select “Open PDFs in Chrome”. This action will allow Chrome to open PDF files instead of just downloading them.

Using Adobe Acrobat Reader

a screenshot of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is a complete PDF productivity solution, compatible with Windows, Mac, and all device types and operating systems. 

To open a PDF with Adobe Acrobat Reader, first install the software on your Windows, Mac, or mobile devices. Once installed, you can either:

1.  Open Adobe Acrobat Reader, and click “File” > “Open.” Then, find your PDF file and click “Open.”

2.  Right-click on the PDF file, select “Open with,” and choose “Adobe Acrobat Reader.”

Same as Google Chrome we’ve talked about, you can also set Adobe Acrobat Reader as your default PDF viewer to experience a smooth process.

With Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can also edit, convert, share, and sign PDF files anywhere, anytime. 

It’s easy to annotate documents using sticky notes, type text directly onto the page, add bookmarks, highlight, underline, or use strikethrough tools.

Using the Online Tool ONEPDF

Select "Open PDFs in Chrome".

There are many online all-in-one tools available for opening PDF files, including ONEPDF. Its consistent user interface makes it easy to view and edit PDFs, ensuring a comfortable reading experience. You can use it to streamline your workflow without downloading any software.

To open, view, and read PDF files online with ONEPDF:

1.   Upload or drag & drop it into our PDF reader.

2.  Wait for our online PDF reader to render the document and automatically open the file.

3.  View, share, and print the PDF file in any way you’d like.

ONEPDF is more than just a PDF opener. It also allows you to add watermarks, convert PDFs to other formats, encrypt PDFs, and sign PDFs.

Feel free to explore these features to view and manage your PDF documents efficiently.

Using Preview on Mac

If you don’t feel like downloading any software or going out of network connection, open the PDF file with “Preview” on your Mac.

Just right-click on the file and choose “Open with”>”Preview”. You can refer to this article for detailed information.

Customizing the PDF Viewing Experience

Adjusting Zoom and Page Layout

To adjust the zoom level and page layout, you will be able to view the PDF content clearly.

Most PDF editors or viewers let you use keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and out. The PDF document view can also be changed from a single-page view to a continuous-page view.

Some PDF viewers even allow you to choose Facing Continuous view or 3D view. Select one of the PDF viewers above and find out what you like most.

Navigating through the Pages

To navigate through the pages of a PDF like a pro, you can try these methods.

● click on the previous and next buttons on the toolbar. 

● use the arrow keys on the keyboard.

● use the scroll wheel on your mouse.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I view PDF files on Android devices?

Download a PDF reader app that is compatible with your Android device.

Adobe Acrobat Reader and Google PDF Viewer are two popular apps that can be downloaded on the Google Play Store. These tools allow you to view PDF files on your Android device.

How can I access PDF files on my iPhone?

Using the built-in Files app or the Books app on iPhones to open a PDF file is the easiest way.

If you want to explore creative ways to open a PDF file on your iPhone, download a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Can I open a PDF file in Word?

Yes, you can open a PDF file in Microsoft Word. Here’s how you can do it:

1.  Open Word.

2.  Click “File” >”Open.” 

3.  Select the PDF file you want to open. 

4.  The file will be converted into an editable format for you to edit. 

You can also save the file as a new document. Note that complicated formatting will lead to inferior transfer results in World.