Open, Save and Create PDFs Without Adobe Software


Browsers and tools built into WVU computers allow you to open, save or create PDFs without Adobe software. If you are a WVU employee and need Adobe software for work, such as designing documents or editing other digital media, request Adobe Creative Cloud.

Open a PDF:

Saved PDFs will open by default using Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 and Preview on MacOS when Adobe Acrobat DC or Reader are not installed. To open a PDF with another browser, right-click (or control-click on a Mac) the file, hover over Open With, and choose a different browser.

Download or save a PDF from a web browser:

After opening a PDF in a web browser, you can click the download button to save the file.

Save a file as a PDF:

Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint allow you to save files as PDFs on Windows 10 and MacOS. View detailed instructions for each application on the Microsoft support site. If you plan on publishing a PDF online, you can also create accessible PDFs using Microsoft Word so people using screen readers and other assistive technologies can read them. 

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