How to Open Attachments Embedded in a PDF File

By Trisha Bartle

Businesses and individuals use PDF files to create detailed documents. Although the feature isn't always utilized, PDF files can also include file attachments within the document. When you receive a PDF with attachments, you can open the file from inside the document directly. You can open many different file types, including Word documents, music files and videos. Besides opening the file attachment from the PDF, you can save the file on your computer as well.

Step 1

Open the PDF file with the software program of your choice, such as Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

Step 2

Click the "Attachments" button at the bottom left side of the window. This button looks like a paper clip.

Step 3

Right-click the name of the file attachment you want to open. Click "Open Attachment."

Step 4

Click "Open this file" if prompted by the PDF reader program. Click the "OK" button to open the file.

Tips & Warnings

  • Save the attachment by choosing "Save Attachment" instead of "Open Attachment."