We all know about PDF extension files. They, in many, ways helps form the interactive experience Windows users get while working with their laptops and PCs. PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file type which is associated with the &qout;Acrobat&qout; software and designed by Adobe Systems Incorporated. Basically document files which include texts, images and other documental effects, PDF are depicted in a manner in which they are independent of any hardware or operating system. A pdf document is one of the most acceptable and popular ways of creating a document, in addition to the Word Processors.
PDF can be opened, used, edited and saved using the free Adobe Reader or the Adobe Reader plug-in, which is the premier software to run such types of files. Even the Word Processors provide an option to save a file as a PDF extension format. The pdf files are also supported by a huge variety of programs such as gPDF, Xpdf, GGV, Ghostview (gv) and Ghostscript (gs). Moreover, the pdf files can also be transferred to other documents and hardware by several programs.
The various media types available in the pdf formats are application/pdf, application/x-pdf, application/x-bzpdf and application/x-gzpdf. A pdf file can be easily accessed via the Adobe Acrobat Reader which is free of charge software and is readily available online. The best part about this software is that it is compatible with all the web browser and works well with all the computer systems. It also allows the printing of the pdf files.
In addition to Adobe Reader, the other software which are compatible to access the pdf files are Brava Reader Free PDF Viewer, Zoho Viewer (Web Viewer) and the PDF X-Change Viewer. The pdf files can be viewed in three different ways through the Adobe Reader, namely the physical view, the tags view and the content view. The text in a pdf can also be edited and highlighted according to the needs. This is the reason why these files are lately being considered as a good alternative to the word processor files.
As with Flash, it’s seen from time to time that some vulnerability does creep in . The security issues with the PDF files and with the Adobe Reader have often been talked about. However, on the whole, they are considered to be safe as the company keeps issu ing security modules and updating the software for any bugs regularly.
Open PDF File on Windows OS
- Look for an PDF file you need to open in Windows Explorer and double-click on it
- If the file doesn’t open automatically and you see a “Windows can’t open a file” message then you should search for a program which can open PDF file
- If you have a program which can open PDF file installed on your computer then launch that program and select “File” and then “Open” or similar options from its menu to open the PDF file
- If you don’t have the program installed then you need to try searching for “PDF wiki”, “how to open PDF file” in the search engine.
- Once you find the application, install it on your computer
- After the program is installed double-click on the PDF file to open it
File extensions are used by Windows operating system to specify what kind of information is stored in the file. Every file in Windows OS needs to have file extension and file extensions are used by Windows to determine which application it should use to open the file. Every application installed on Windows OS places information about which extensions it could open into the Windows registry and Windows uses this information to determine which application it should launch when user double-clicks on the file. If application which can open PDF file is not installed, then Windows will show ‘Windows can’t open PDF file’ message and buttons to either select an application on the computer which can open the file or to search the web for the application which can open PDF file.