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Best Windows 10 Apps to View and Edit PDFs 2022

PDF is a versatile file format for sharing documents online. For example, many contracts and documents are signed virtually and saved as PDFs because the format tends to be more secure. However, that means that viewing and editing PDFs can get complicated. Luckily, there are plenty of Windows 10 applications available to help you out.

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PDFs are a popular format for documents that require signatures as well as books, textbooks, and documents. The PDF application that's best for you depends greatly on what you need to do with your PDFs. If you just want an app to view PDFs and make light edits, Xodo (opens in new tab) is an excellent option. Its digital inking support makes it simple to add annotations and highlights to documents. You can also use it to save digital signatures to speed up the process of signing documents. These features put together with it being free earn it the top spot on this list.

If you need a more powerful tool, you should grab Adobe Acrobat (opens in new tab). It's the industry standard when it comes to PDFs, and allows you to view, edit mark up, convert, and share PDFs. It requires a monthly subscription but has an extensive list of features and works well.

Inking accessories

If you're going to mark up a PDF, you'll want a good stylus. These styli will help you create a clean signature and attractive annotations.

Surface Pen

Surface Pen (Image credit: Microsoft)

Surface Pen (opens in new tab) ($79 at Microsoft)

This pen works with the latest Surface devices and supports 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. It features low latency, which helps create smooth lines and curves.

Wacom Bamboo Ink Plus

Wacom Bamboo Ink Plus (Image credit: Microsoft)

Wacom Bamboo Ink Plus (opens in new tab) ($100 at Amazon)

This pen supports Wacom Active ES protocol and Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP), meaning it can work with a wide range of hardware.

Sean Endicott
News Writer and apps editor

Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).