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How to open a PDF on Mac

Need to open a PDF file and work with it on your Mac? PDF Expert lets you conveniently view PDFs and edit them the way you want.

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How to open a PDF on Mac

The PDF format is one of the most popular formats in use today. What makes PDFs uniquely good is that your content looks exactly the same everywhere, regardless of the device, OS, resolution, etc. PDF documents are everywhere: CVs, agreements, legal cases, school assignments, bank e-statements, academic papers, invoices, and many more. If you want to open a PDF file on your Mac, there are a bunch of solutions out there.

Easy ways to open a PDF file on Mac

The most obvious option is Preview, the pre-installed application on your Mac that handles PDFs by default. You just need to double click on a PDF and it opens in Preview. Although Preview is fine for quickly viewing PDFs, it doesn’t offer any advanced features like text editing.

If you’d like to edit a PDF you open, then PDF Expert is your choice. Trusted by millions of people and awarded by Apple, it’s the go-to PDF app for Mac that can help you with any task.

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How to open a PDF file on Mac. Option #1

  1. Download PDF Expert for free.
  2. Open Finder on your Mac and browse to the PDF file you want to open and edit. 
  3. Right-click on the file and choose Open With.
  4. Select PDF Expert.

We recommend setting PDF Expert as the default PDF viewer on your Mac, so you can open your files faster. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click on any PDF file on your Mac.
  2. Select Get Info.
  3. Under Open with, click on the drop-down menu.
  4. Choose PDF Expert.
  5. Click Change All.

That’s it! Now, all your PDF files will be opened in PDF Expert by default.

How to open a PDF file. Option #2

If you’ve already launched PDF Expert, you can open a PDF file by simply dropping it into the app window. Just like that!

Drag and Drop Open PDF in PDF Expert

Opening a PDF file on Mac. Option #3

Of course, there is a “classy” way to open a PDF file using PDF Expert:

  1. Click File in the upper menu bar.
  2. Select Open and pick the desired PDF file. 

Alternatively, you can just use the ⌘O keyboard shortcut.

Browse and Select File to Open PDF in PDF Expert

Choose the option that suits you best and get any PDF task done with PDF Expert. Edit the text and images, annotate PDFs, merge files, fill out forms, and more.

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