PDF [Portable Document Format] is one of the most used file formats for text and image-based documents. PDF files are non-editable and give a professional look to the documents.
As it is a popular file format in the computer world, you must have a good PDF reader software on your computer system so that you can view PDF files.
Adobe Reader is the most popular PDF reader software available. Most of the people don’t even know that there are many other such applications available too. They just know and use Adobe Reader only.
Let me tell you that there are so many different PDF reader applications are available online. Many have a big list of features whereas some have a short list of features.
In this post, I am going to list 10 free PDF readers for Windows. Without any further ado, let’s check out the list below:
1. Adobe Reader
Even there are many free PDF readers available, Adobe Reader is still the standard software for viewing PDF files. I have been using so many PDF readers but when I need to view a more complex PDF file, I have to use this standard tool only.
Adobe Reader software is developed by Adobe, which is also the creator of PDF file format. Thus, it is designed in a way that it can open most complex PDF files as well.
2. Foxit Reader
When it comes to choosing an alternative PDF reader, Foxit is the best choice. I am using this reader along with Adobe Reader on my computer system. It is fast and secure. It has features like annotations, highlights, and a few other editing options. Despite being an alternate PDF reader, it is a full-featured software that you must consider.
3. Slim PDF Reader
Few years ago when I was using XP on a computer that has only 80 GB hard disk. That time I was in the search of small programs to do the task of big software so that I could save some space on my hard drive. There I got to know about Slim PDF Reader, which is exactly like its name. It is the smallest PDF reader in the market which is available for free. Though it is not a full-featured PDF reader, it is good to view normal PDF files at ease.
If you have a requirement of reading normal PDF files, then this is a good tool to use as it takes low space on your hard drive.
4. Nitro PDF Reader
Nitro PDF Reader allows you to create, review, edit and view a PDF file. You can extract texts and images from a file using it in just a few clicks. It has a feature called QuickSign that allows you to capture the digital image of your signature to add to PDF files in seconds.
Nitro PDF Reader can convert a word file or different file formats into PDF format quickly.
5. PDF-XChange Viewer
PDF-XChange Viewer is another free PDF reader on our list of free PDF readers. It is a middle-level PDF reader that is neither too lightweight nor a bulky one, but it is a fast application. It supports editing and annotations at the basic level.
6. Sumatra PDF
Sumatra PDF Reader is a lightweight application that doesn’t have features like editing, annotations, and other advanced features. It has a big list of keyboard shortcuts that helps you move around a PDF document.
Apart from PDF files, it can also view different file formats such as epub, mobi, CBZ, CBR, XPS, etc.
7. Expert PDF Reader
Expert PDF reader is an another free PDF reader for Windows. You can view, modify the document, Modify annotations, insert rubber stamp, and modify the document outlines with this PDF reader application.
Evince is a PDF reader available for Windows and Linux operating systems. The interface of this particular application is neat, and you can customize the toolbar with the included tools. The best feature of it is the Auto Scroll that lets you adjust the mouse position and let it scroll automatically. You can set the speed of scrolling as per the requirement.
9. Sorax Reader
Sorax is just another PDF reader available for Free and has the basic features like reading a PDF file, search, copy texts, viewing modes and zoom. You can email the currently opened PDF file to someone else using the email button in this tool.
10. Javelin PDF Reader
Javelin PDF Reader is one of the smallest PDF readers after Slim PDF Reader. It doesn’t have any extra features but still it is good to view PDF files. It has a search option that is not that great but fine to go with if you have to read normal PDF files. This tool allows you to go full screen to enjoy distraction-free reading. It is available for Windows, Mac, Android phones, and ipads.
As PDF file format is widely used, and, in fact, the commercial documents are written in PDF formats mostly. Thus, having a good PDF reader is a must for every computer user.
I have shared 10 free PDF reader software that you can use as per the requirement. I am currently using Adobe Reader to view the complex documents and some other functionalities and Foxit to read normal files.
When I don’t need to use Adobe Reader, I use Foxit as it is faster and quickly opens the files.
Similarly, you can use any of above-mentioned free PDF readers based on your requirements. These all are completely FREE!
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