.PDF File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .PDF extension:

Portable Document Format File

Portable Document Format File

A PDF file is a multi-platform document created by Adobe Acrobat or another PDF application. The PDF format is commonly used for saving documents and publications in a standard format that can be viewed on multiple platforms. In many cases, PDF files are created from existing documents instead of from scratch.

You can open and view PDF files with a large number of applications, most notably, Adobe Acrobat Reader (multiplatform) and Adobe Acrobat (multiplatform), which can also edit them. Nitro Pro (Windows) and Smile PDFpenPro (macOS) are other applications that provide PDF viewing and editing capabilities.

Other options for viewing PDF files include Microsoft Word (Windows and macOS), Apple Preview (bundled with macOS), Foxit Reader, and web browsers, such as Google Chrome (multiplatform) and Microsoft Edge (multiplatform), which includes annotation capabilities.

On mobile devices, you can view PDF files with Adobe Reader (Android and iOS), Apple Books (iOS), Apple Pages (iOS), Google Play Books (Android), and in web browsers, such as Chrome and Safari.

How do I convert PDF files?

The best application for converting PDF files is Adobe Acrobat, which is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Acrobat can export PDf files to various formats, such as Word (.DOCX and .DOC), Excel (.XLSX), PowerPoint (.PPTX), .JPEG, .PNG, .TIFF, and .HTML.

You can also convert PDF files in Windows with Nitro Pro, Icecream PDF Converter, and Microsoft Word, which can convert PDF files to editable Word documents. In macOS, you can use Apple Preview to convert PDF files to image formats, such as .JPEG and PNG by selecting File → Export.... Or you can use Solid PDF to Word, Smile PDFpenPro, or Microsoft Word to convert PDF files to Word documents.

Updated: January 26, 2021

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