How do I open a PDF in Windows?
To open a pdf file in Windows, you need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader or an alternative PDF reader installed on your computer. Acrobat Reader is free and available on the Adobe website.
Once you begin the download process, the Adobe website displays instructions for completing the download and installing the program. Follow those instructions to finish the installation. Once Adobe Reader is installed, you can open any PDF document using either of the methods in the following sections.
Open PDF file in the PDF reader
Open the Adobe Reader or any other PDF software program. Then, click the file menu near the top-left side of the window, select Open, and browse to the location of the PDF file. Select the file you want to open by clicking the file name, and then click the Open button to open the file.
Open the file from Windows Explorer
After a PDF reader is installed on a computer, any PDF file is associated with that reader and should open when you double-click the file. Open Windows Explorer or My Computer and find the PDF file you want to open. Double-click the PDF file name to open it in Adobe Reader or your PDF reader.
If you've installed a new PDF reader, but your PDFs automatically open in another program, see: How to associate a file with a program in Windows. Alternatively, right-click the file, choose Open with, and select the PDF reader to use to open the file.