What is PDF

Last updated: February 4, 2018 at 11:44 am

document photoI guess almost all computer users today have had the opportunity to read a PDF document. And many of you have had the opportunity to save a file in PDF format. But for many, the question still remains: what really is PDF? What does it stand for? And why PDF?

PDF stands for “Portable Document Friendly.” What does that really mean? Well, as the name suggests, it makes your document more “portable.”

Compared to, for example, a Microsoft Word Document, a PDF document is smaller and more compact. It is easier to email and download. It has a more beautiful and uniform layout, and, on top of that, the PDF format pulls a sort of neat “covering” over your document: you know, that beautiful red and white layout with the borders and bold text and everything. PDF makes your document sort of like an electronic book.

And since PDF documents are not editable, or require special software to be edited, you can email your document in PDF around the web and not have to fear that its content will be lost or changed somewhere during transition. Hence the name: PDF: Portable Document Friendly.

A PDF document can be created from a simple Microsoft Word Document. Just go to File > Export and you know the rest.

To open PDF on most computers, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the adobe website. Most smartphones nowadays come equipped with software to read PDF documents.

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