PDF is a ubiquitous file format used for everything from viewing and reading documents to signing important digital paperwork. There's a plethora of PDF viewers and editors available on Windows 10. The one that's best for you depends on if you need a lightweight viewer, a powerful editor, or something in between.


Foxit has earned a good reputation for being a lightweight PDF viewer with a good set of features. In addition to PDF basics like annotating, searching text, and zooming in and out on forms and documents, you can also use Foxit to convert Microsoft Office files to PDFs and import and export form data.

The interface is also easy to figure out. You can preview various documents on a panel on the left and then perform other tasks using a menu bar on the top of the app.

Foxit also has a bookmarking feature which makes it easy to jump to specific documents.

The app is free and available for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and HoloLens.

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Xodo is another free PDF viewer and it's great for taking notes and annotating PDFs. When you go to edit a PDF, you can easily take notes and emphasize text by using options within the ribbon menu. You can highlight, underline, scratch through, and circle text, add arrows and shapes, and add text boxes. Xodo is a great companion for books and other text that will require you to take a lot of notes.

Xodo also has a very easy-to-use signature feature that allows you to sign PDF documents, including saving a copy of your digital signature.

Xodo is available for free on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and HoloLens.

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PDF Viewer Plus

PDF Viewer Plus is very lightweight and is aimed to just be a UWP PDF reader. You can open and scroll through your documents and forms. It has some basic features like printing and opening encrypted files, but its main draw is its minimalist design.

The app is available for free on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile and looks good on both. It implements familiar design choices like the hamburger menu making it easy on the eyes as you read through documents.

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Microsoft Edge

The [latest insider build of Windows 10] (https://m.windowscentral.com/windows-10-build-17074-now-available-insiders-fast-ring) brings a number of PDF-related improvements to Microsoft Edge, but even in the latest public release, Microsoft browser has some good PDF features. You can view documents, draw on PDFs, and do some basic levels of editing. It isn't the most powerful PDF editor on this list, but for many users, Microsoft Edge is more than good enough.

Microsoft Edge comes installed on Windows 10.

What do you use to view and edit PDFs? Let us know in the comments.