alphabetical list of extensions

File extension .PDF

File description

The .PDF extension is a short form of portable document file format. This is a standard file format which was developed by Adobe system back in the year 1993. The .PDF file format is being able to preserve the fonts, formats, drawings along with various other file components of an electronic or virtually created document and then present it in this universally accepted format.

PDF files are cross-platform, which signifies that they support both Windows and Mac operating system, also the Android platform in today’s Smartphones. Most of the eBook publishers today make use of the PDF file format. Individuals and business make use of the PDF file format to distribute literature and documents.

Description of the problem
If you have on your computer a .PDF file that you cannot open, you are in exactly the same situation as thousands of other people who have similar problems with this or any other unknown file.

There may be several reasons why you cannot open the file with .PDF extension. Directly on this website you can find a solution of the most common problem with the .PDF file – that you do not have on your computer the appropriate program to open the file.
Solution
From the list below, select the appropriate program, install it and double click on the icon of a file that did not want to open - the problem with the .PDF file extension should be solved. However, if this does not happen, go back to the website to learn about other possible causes of the error, which have been described at the bottom of the website.
Category
Layout Files
Developer
Adobe Systems
Popularity
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File name: Portable Document Format File
Programs that will open this file:
Windows
Windows
Adobe Acrobat Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Illustrator Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Reader Adobe Reader
Advanced PDF Repair Advanced PDF Repair
Calibre Calibre
Foxit Reader Foxit Reader
Google Chrome Google Chrome
LibreOffice LibreOffice
Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox
PDF Architect PDF Architect
Solid PDF Tools Solid PDF Tools
Sumatra PDF Sumatra PDF
SWFTools SWFTools
TextMaker TextMaker
Total PDF Converter Total PDF Converter
WordPerfect Office WordPerfect Office
XPS To PDF Converter XPS To PDF Converter
Mac OS
Mac OS
Adobe Acrobat Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Reader Adobe Reader
Apple Preview Apple Preview
Google Chrome Google Chrome
LibreOffice LibreOffice
Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox
PDF Converter PDF Converter
Preview Preview
Linux
Linux
Foxit Reader Foxit Reader
Google Chrome Google Chrome
KDE Okular KDE Okular
KPDF KPDF
LibreOffice LibreOffice
Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox
Okular Okular
PDFedit PDFedit
Android
Android
Adobe Reader Adobe Reader
Quickoffice Pro Quickoffice Pro
iOS
iOS
Adobe Debut Adobe Debut
GoodReader GoodReader
iBooks iBooks
Notability for iPad Notability for iPad
Quickoffice Pro Quickoffice Pro
Windows Phone
Windows Phone
Adobe Reader Adobe Reader
Remember!
The .PDF file extension can correspond to several not related file formats. If there is more than one file format with the .PDF extension, you will probably find most of them at this website. Remember that you need to download a program to support a particular file type. So first look through the entire contents of the website to select a program to support just the file you have.

Other possible reasons why your .PDF file does not want to open

In addition to the problem described above, i.e. the lack of the appropriate application to support the .PDF file, there may be several reasons that cause problems with opening and operation of the data format:

1. Incorrect version of the installed application

A quite common problem is the lack of application in the appropriate version. Even if you have an application, with the help of which you should open the .PDF file, you may have a problem with it because of its version. Perhaps in previous versions the application has not yet supported the .PDF file, so download the update and check again.

2. Incorrect .PDF file association with the program

If you have already installed the appropriate application, and it is the correct version, the file may not open correctly, because the operating system does not have information that this program supports the file. So you need to "show" which program the computer should use. To do this:

  • Right-click the .PDF file
  • Go to the "Open with" - then "Choose default program ..."
  • Locate the appropriate application
  • Click "OK"

3. The file is corrupt

It also happens that the file you want to open is corrupt and therefore there is no such possibility. In this situation, you should find its different version, or ask a person from whom you got, to send it again.