How to Open a PDF File on My Computer

By Tammy Clevenger

The Portable Document Format (PDF) document standard was originally created by Adobe Systems. The PDF document format is a cross-platform document standard that may be opened and viewed on any computer or operating system. To open a PDF file on your computer, download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader application from the Adobe Systems website (see Resources). The application is available for Windows, Linux and Mac systems.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader installed

Step 1

Copy or move the PDF file to an easy-to-access location on your computer, such as the desktop.

Step 2

Right-click the PDF file and select "Open With."

Step 3

Click the "Adobe Reader" option. The PDF file opens in the Adobe Reader program on your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If no other PDF reader or editor is installed besides Adobe Acrobat Reader, double-clicking the PDF file will open the file in Adobe Reader.