What is PDF file and How to Read it?

PDF files are usually used by every computer user. The question arises what is PDF file. Often in simple words, which we can read and print only. We can’t change in .PDF file. This answer may be given by a common man. By somewhat it is accurate. In this post, we will talk about definition of PDF file, its use, helping software to read it.

What is PDF?

The PDF is abbreviation for Portable Document Format (PDF). The file with extension .pdf is called pdf. This type of file is read only file that maintain layout and formatting of a page. This kind of file is considered ready to print file. The PDF format is commonly used for documents like statements, scanned files, forms, E-books, manuals, brochure, pamphlets, leaflets, bills, guides etc.



It was launched by Adobe in 1991.  The purpose behind its launching was to enable people to open their documents on any device/hardware/operating system without requiring specific app. PDF is now an open standard kept by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Other purpose was to keep layout of format unchanged.  This is also beneficial where you are worried about temptation of files. PDF file can contain all types of content like images, tables, text, embedded fonts, business logic, forms, buttons, videos and more. PDF files are prevalent in these days.  This format is used to present and exchange files reliably without worry.

It has reduced the tension of layout disturbance. Most of bills and statement are converted in PDF format.  Most of you are using PDF files.

Reading/Viewing a PDF file

PDF files are in a standard format that is considered by various apps and software that open such extension files.  Approximately all web browser, Adobe the maker of PDF has developed Adobe Acrobat Reader, several apps support PDFs.  You can download Adboe Acrobat Reader here.  If you are newbie or unknown about the resource to download reader; you can use web browser to read the pdf format content.

You can’t create file into PDF. It is read only format only. But you can convert any word (.doc/.docx), excel (.xls, .xlsx), PPT(.ppt/.pptx) file into PDF easily. How can you convert Doc into PDF, read this post:  How to convert Doc into PDF.




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