PDF files are one of the most popular formats to save a document. They are often laid out like a book with pages you can scroll through. They can contain graphics, images and even clickable URLs (website addresses).
You have no doubt come across a PDF files many times, probably without realising it. For example, if you are anything like me and never have a clue where on earth you stashed your all important instruction manuals, then during a time of crisis or confusion you have probably turned to the trusty world wide web to download a fresh copy for the problem appliance. The online PDF instruction manual will look identical to original paper format, with multiple pages, images and graphics.
You can easily read PDF files on any brand of computer. Even if the PDF file was originally created and saved on a Windows machine, an Apple Mac could still download and read it with no problems. As PDF are so mainstream your computer should come with a pre-installed program that can read them.
Read PDF on Mac with ‘Preview’
Apple Mac computes come with a nifty pre-installed app called ‘Preview’. Alongside many handy functions such as taking a quick look at images, Macs Preview can open and read PDF files.
How to Open a Mac PDF File in Preview
Bellow is a list of simple pimple instructions on how to use Apple’s default PDF Reader Preview.
1.) Choose the PDF you would like to open up and read.
2.) Double click the PDF files icon, wait a few seconds and the document should automatically open up in your Macs Preview app.
Crazy simple I know!
My Mac Can’t Read PDF files?!
Apples Preview app is pre-installed and should always be on hand to help you read a PDF, if however there is an error in the app or you have accidentally deleted it, then follow any of these tips…
1.) Download the ‘Preview’ app again from the Apple App Store.
2.) Install another PDF reader from online. There are loads of PDF readers swarming around the web, some good basic free ones (like Preview) and other high tech professional ones that enable youth easily edit the PDF files, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader and Acrobat Pro. Just make sure it is compatible to work on a Mac. Click here for more information on Macs Preview and the poshest PDF reader Adobe Acrobat Reader and Acrobat Pro.
3.) Perhaps there isn’t a problem with your Preview app but one with the PDF file itself. Before you gallivant off and give yourself a headache over which new Mac PDF reader to download, check to see if Preview is still working by opening a trusted PDF file.
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