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Foxit Reader

Version 8.3.0

Edit and view PDF documents with Foxit Reader - a free, good-looking competitor to Adobe Reader

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During installation you have the opportunity to install a toolbar and change your default search engine. We recommend you untick the corresponding boxes during setup.



Cat Ellis

Foxit Reader is our favorite tool for opening and annotating PDFs thanks to its clear interface and array of extensions to add extra features.

Cat Ellis


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Adobe Reader gets some serious competition here. The big advantage of the alternative PDF reader is that even larger PDF files can be opened in just a few seconds.

Tools like the comment feature or the marking, underlining and strikingthrough of text passages can also be used in the free version of Foxit Reader.


Why you need Foxit Reader

Streamlined, fast and packed with features, FoxIt Reader is the best free PDF reader and editor around. Make PDFs from scratch or by converting existing documents, add comments, embed images and videos, and share the resulting PDFs via DropBox, OneDrive or Google Drive.

Foxit Reader works seamlessly with the software and services you already use, and integrates with Windows so perfectly you'll wonder how you ever managed without it.

Foxit Reader supports Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint document formats, is fully compatible with all the main cloud storage services, and integrates with the right-click context menu so you don't even need to think about it.

Foxit Reader's interface is clear and intuitive, and works much like the Ribbon system in Microsoft Office. Tabbed browsing lets you manage multiple PDFs at once, and you can create your own custom toolbars for quick access to your favorite options.

Another reason to opt for Foxit Reader is security. PDFs are so common, they're a common target for malware and virus developers, so Foxit includes a safe Reader Mode that lets you disable Javascript and links embedded in PDFs.

If that isn't enough, there's also a Firefox plugin to make Foxit Reader the default option for displaying PDFs in your browser, and a downloadable spellchecker plugin that checks any text you type into forms.


Foxit Reader review

Foxit Reader is a PDF reader - and much more. As well as providing a way to view PDF files, the program can also be used to create this type of file, sign PDFs, and add annotations.

There are also plugins for Microsoft Office programs (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint) that make for easy conversion of common file types, and open up the possibility of create PDFs from pretty much any file you can open.


User experience

If you've never created a PDF before, the prospect might be a little daunting, and Foxit Reader's interface can seem overwhelming. While the look is not too far removed from that of Microsoft Office - there is a very familiar ribbon toolbar in place, for instance - it somehow manages to look complex in a way that will be off-putting to some.

Thankfully, it's possible to minimize the ribbon to reduce screen clutter, freeing up the interface for the PDF you're viewing; something that's improved even further by the distraction-free full-screen mode. You can also minimize the entire program window to a system tray icon, which occupies less space than an entry in the Windows Taskbar.

When it comes to simply viewing PDFs, Foxit Reader is easy to get into. A second row of tabs makes it simple to work with multiple files at the same time, and another toolbar - vertical this time - allows for navigation of bookmarks, tables of contents and so on.


We like

One of our favourite Foxit Reader features is its security toolbox. Not everyone will be interested in the handy JavaScript security feature, which prevents unauthorized scripts transmitting data, but it's hugely useful when you've downloaded a PDF from the internet and aren't certain of its provenance.

The ability to create PDF files from scanned documents is also incredibly useful, although it's a shame that OCR support is not available in the free product.

The web browser-style plugins are a great way to extend Foxit Reader's capabilities further still, but the free edition has pretty much all of the bases covered already.


We dislike

Foxit Reader is very impressive. That said, many of the more exciting features rely on other products from Foxit Software that are not free. Features like ConnectedPDF, for instance, which is designed for teams to collaborate on the same PDF, is of most value to people with the paid-for PhantomPDF editor installed.

Coupled with the hectic interface, these limitations mean Foxit Reader isn't for everyone. If you have very basic viewing needs, it might be overkill.


Final verdict

Foxit Reader is possible the most feature-packed free PDF reader around. As well as being powerful, it benefits from being remarkably fast. Why pay for a premium program?


Latest  updates

The latest version of Foxit Reader uses ADAL authentication to open and decrypt documents without the Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant.

Having trouble downloading this program? Check out the developer's site (linked on the right). If this doesn't help, please send a description of the problem to and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that this download is for Windows only.

  • High-speed download
  • Checked for viruses
  • Free

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