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What is PDF? Everything You Need To Know About PDF

What is PDF (Portable Document Format)? Everything You Need To Know About PDF

PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file extension (.pdf) created by Adobe in 1991 that enables users to capture a document and share the electronic version of the document anywhere with unlimited copies of that document.
What is PDF? Everything You Need To Know About PDF
What is PDF? Everything You Need To Know About PDF
The PDF file can contain text, images, vector graphics, hyperlinks, embedded fonts, interactive buttons, videos and much more.

Extras: In 1991, Dr. John Warnock (Co-founder of Adobe) launch the paper-to-digital revolution with an idea called The Camelot Project but in 1992 Camelot Project was developed into PDF.

In 2008, Adobe leaves the control of PDF development for the ISO 32000 and because of this PDF became an open format. Now the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) controls the updating and developing the future version of PDF.

Why Use PDF Files?

PDF files are especially useful for many types of documents such as ebooks, manuals, job applications, forms scanned documents, brochures, etc. 

PDF files can preserve document formatting, which helps them to look the same on any device.


How To Create A PDF File?

There are many ways to create a PDF file but here I explain some of those :

Create PDF File In Windows Using Notepad

Step-1: First open notepad and then type your text. This is a very easy way to create a PDF file so follow me and see step by step images to create a PDF file:
Create A PDF File: Step-1
Create A PDF File: Step-1
Step-2: After typing the text in notepad click on the file menu and then click on the print option or skip this step using shortcut key Ctrl + p for the print menu.

Create A PDF File: Step-2
Create A PDF File: Step-2
Step-3: After clicking on the print option print menu will be open, In this menu click on Print to PDF option and then click on the Print button.

Create A PDF File: Step-3
Create A PDF File: Step-3
Step-4: After clicking on the print button this window will be open, here you can set the path for to save your file and write the file name (According to yourself) and then click on the save button.

Create A PDF File: Step-4
Create A PDF File: Step-4
Final Step: Hurray, your PDF file is created.

How To Open A PDF File?

Here is a simple solution for this simple question. Most people use Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and view the PDF file. You can also use other free and popular PDF readers to open a PDF file but the easiest way to open a PDF file is your web browser.

Open A PDF File In Web Browser:

Step-1: Right click on the file and then click on the Open With option here you can see the list of software. Here select your web browser and click on it.
Open A PDF File In Web Browser
Open A PDF File In Web Browser-1
Step-2: After clicking on the browser your PDF file will be open like this:
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Open A PDF File In Web Browser-2

But better features and controls definitely you need a PDF reader. Below we are providing a list of Best Free and popular PDF Readers 2019:
  1. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  2. Mupdf Reader
  3. Sumatra Pdf Reader

How to edit a PDF file?

Adobe Acrobat is the official pdf editor tool to edit PDF files but other popular pdf editors also exist such as Foxit Advanced PDF Editor, etc.

PDF Buddy and FormSwift Free PDF Editor are free PDF editors who help to fill out forms such as tax forms. Upload your PDF file on these websites, after uploading your PDF file on the website you can be done these tasks easily such as Insert image, fill columns, insert signatures, insert links and after completing your task you can easily save your modified PDF file.

If you want to add the only signature in your PDF file you can check out this free tool called FIll

Below we provide a list of Best PDF Editors 2019:
  1. Smallpdf Online PDF Editor
  2. Sejda PDF Editor
  3. PDFescape Online PDF Editor
  4. Inkscape
  5. FormSwift's Free PDF Editor

What is PDF Splitting?

PDF splitter is used to split or cut the PDF file in small pieces. For example, If you have a PDF file who contain 1000 pages and you might want to remove some of those pages then you need a PDF splitter. 

You can simply split PDF file in few clicks via PDF splitter. There are many free online and offline free PDF splitter programs available.

How to split a PDF file?

In this video, you can see a practical how you can split a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat.


Below we provide a list of some Best PDF Splitter Tools 2019:
  1. PDFsam
  2. Smallpdf PDF Splitter
  3. PDFelement Professional

How to Merge or Combine Different PDF files?

In this video, you can see a practical how you can merge two different PDF files using Adobe Acrobat.



Here is a list of Best PDF Files Merger 2019:
  1. PDF Merge
  2. iLovePDF
  3. Smallpdf PDF Merger
  4. Combine PDF

How To Convert A PDF File?

You can convert your PDF file into other formats to edit PDF easily. Converting a PDF file means the file extension of the file is changed. 

For instance, if you convert your PDF file into the Microsoft Office Word file then it's mean file extension will be changed (such as - .pdf to .doc or .docx). It means the converted file is only open in Microsoft Office Word or LibreOffice. 

You can convert your PDF file in many file formats such as PDF to JPG, PDF to PNG, PDF to Text, PDF to HTML, PDF to Excel, PDF to Word, PDF to Powerpoint and many other file formats.

Here is the list of some Best PDF Converter 2019:

Types Of PDFs

There are usually two types of PDFs: 1. Digitally Created PDFs, 2. Scanned PDFs.

Digitally Created PDFs

Digitally Created PDFs created using software such as Notepad, Excel, Word via the save function or print function. Digitally Created PDFs contains text and images both. In  Digitally Created PDF File, PDF editors can edit text and images both without converting PDF file.

Scanned PDFs

Scanned PDFs contains images of the hard copies of documents who is scanned by a scanner or might include screenshots. In other words, Scanned PDFs contains only images that mean Scanned PDFs can't be edit by PDF editors. After applying OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on a Scanned PDF It might be searchable.

Final Words About PDF

Here Are My Final Words About PDF. PDF is the secure, convenient and compact file format to create, modified and share documents but it has also some limitations such as not all type of PDFs can't be editable. If you have any suggestions or queries please ask in comments below. Thank you for reading our article.
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