PDF file format description

Many people often share .pdf files without providing instructions on how to use them. This can make it difficult for users to determine which program is compatible for editing, converting, or printing .pdf files. To address this issue, we have created this page to offer assistance and guidance on handling .pdf files. We provide information on compatible software, editing instructions and conversion options to help users effectively interact with .pdf files.

Our aim is to simplify the process and promote seamless use of the .pdf file format.

2 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.pdf - Portable Document Format Document

The PDF document files are related to Adobe Acrobat Reader. The PDF file is a Portable Document Format Document. Portable Document Format (PDF) is a proprietary file format developed by Adobe Systems for representing two dimensional documents in a device independent and resolution independent format.

Adobe Acrobat Reader
Document files
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Portable Document Format Document related extensions:
Mathematica Player Notebook
Jw_cad for Windows Document
Intercept Part File
DirectorZone Title Template
Headline Studio Animation
SoftQuad Author/Editor Document

.pdf - ArcInfo Preferences Definition Data

The PDF configuration files are related to ESRI ArcInfo. The PDF file is an ArcInfo Preferences Definition Data. ArcInfo is a complete and extensible geographic information system.

ESRI ArcInfo
Configuration files
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ArcInfo Preferences Definition Data related extensions:
HP OpenView Network Node Manager Configuration
QuickTime Preferences File
WOW! Diagnostic USB Data
SonicWALL Exported Preferences Data
Pro/ENGINEER Configuration
ThinAnywhere Configuration

Naturally, other applications may also use the .pdf file extension. Even harmful programs can create .pdf files. Be especially cautious with .pdf files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .pdf file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

The .pdf file extension is often given incorrectly!

Based on searches conducted on our site in the past year, we have compiled a list of the most common misspellings. These frequent misspellings can cause confusion and hinder search accuracy. By providing this list, we aim to assist users in finding the correct information more easily and improving their overall search experience on our site.

These misspellings were the most common in the past year:

df, dpf, ldf, odf, pcf, pd, pdb, pdc, pdd, pde, pdg, pdr, pdt, pdv, pef

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

There is a possibility that the .pdf filename extension is misspelled. To assist users in identifying potential errors, we provide a list of similar file extensions in our database.

Filename extensions similar to .pdf:

OpenEdge ABL Data Definition
OpenDocument Formula
PipeDream Document
Palm OS Desktop Database
InkWriter/Note Taker Template
Alzex Personal Finance Data

Operating systems

At DataTypes.net, we strive to provide a seamless user experience by ensuring compatibility with a wide range of operating systems. The following is a comprehensive list of the operating systems currently supported by DataTypes.net:

Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8/10, Windows 11, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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