How to Open a PDF File With Yahoo! Mail

By Irene A. Blake

PDF (Portable Document Format) files are documents saved with the PDF file extension. The format makes it easier for document creators to save quality copies of scanned documents matching the look and layout of originals. As a result, people often create PDF files to send as attachments through email in lieu of faxes or postal mail for faster transmittal of time-sensitive or critical documentation. As long as you have a PDF reader or viewer—an application that makes it possible for you to see the document scan—using Yahoo! Mail to open a PDF file attached to an email isn’t difficult.

Things You'll Need

  • PDF reader
  • Yahoo! Mail account

Step 1

Download a free PDF reader from an online source such as Adobe Systems Inc. or Foxit Corp. Review the software manufacturer's system requirements to confirm that your hardware and/or memory can work with the free PDF reader; then download following the instructions provided on the website.

Step 2

Sign in to Yahoo! Mail if necessary.

Step 3

Go to the Inbox. Click the "Inbox" link in the sidebar, the "Mail" tab or the "Check Mail" button.

Step 4

Click on the subject title of the email in your Yahoo! Mail inbox that has the PDF attachment you want to open.

Step 5

Double-click the attached PDF file icon or PDF file name under the icon and then wait for Yahoo! to scan the PDF for viruses using a Yahoo! Mail version of Norton AntiVirus.

Step 6

Open the PDF file after Yahoo! has confirmed that it didn't detect a virus "threat." Click the "Download File" link and then click the "Open" button in the pop-up box. Your PDF file should automatically open in your PDF reader.