Best Free Light PDF Software To View PDF Document


PDF is a widely used file format used for documentation, as it is more compatible than word document. It is for the same reason; we see more PDF files related to academics or other fields of study. Now, consider a situation when you open a word document with a font type that the MS Office does not have. Obviously, the word document gets opened, but with some different format, which may change the layout. PDF format has an advantage here.

The most common PDF software is obviously Adobe PDF Reader but I feel that it eats up a lot of memory. Therefore, I prefer to use some light PDF tools to view PDF document on computer.

Best Free Light PDF Softwares:

PDF Xchange Viewer

PDF Xchange Viewer

It is a light weight feature packed PDF tool, which not only does help in opening PDF files, but also lets you a create a PDF file from text and RTF files. It allows PDF annotation, apply custom stamps and extract texts and images. With Xchange Viewer, you can easily export PDF document to BMP, JPEG, TIFF and PNG formats. The program comes with a file size of 13.8 MB and there is also a portable version available.

SlimPDF Reader

SlimPDF Reader

If your sole motive is to open a PDF document, then Slim PDF reader can be a nice option for you. It comes with a file size of just 1.43MB and runs well on Windows Xp, Vista and Windows 7. The PDF reader comes with a printing option, search menu, rotate and various editing options for adjusting the page width, to give a clearer picture to you.

Foxit Reader

Foxit reader

It is yet another handy Light PDF tool for Windows, which comes with a file size of just 7.5MB. The utility lets you view and print any PDF file. It lets you add images, videos on to PDF document along with PDF annotation. With Foxit Reader, you can easily highlight the text and perform various other editing on documents.

CoolPDF Reader

CoolPDF Reader - Light PDF Reader

It is the lightest PDF reader, having a file size of just 650KB. It can easily view and print PDF. Apart from this, it also supports zoom in, zoom out, rotate pages and slide show.

Sumatra PDF Viewer

Sumatra PDF Viewer

It is yet another slim, free and open-source light PDF reader for Windows. Moreover, it is portable also, allowing you to use from your USB sticks. It is a basic PDF viewer which lets you view in different page formats, rotate, zoom in and out and extract texts from PDF. Sumatra PDF Viewer comes with a file size of 3.13MB.

Alternatively, you can also have a look at NitroPDF and HaiHaiSoft PDF Reader, which we discussed earlier on Techmixer.

Well, when it comes to PDF tools, I would recommend you PDF Xchange Viewer or Foxit Reader due to their exhaustive features. If you find any other  free and better PDF tools, the do let us know.

  • I have most of them installed on my pc, to be honest I prefer PDF XChange viewer. It depends on your needs but as they are such small applications why not try each one and then decide.
    Most users often use PDF-XChange Viewer, or Foxit. For me PDF-XChange Viewer is better, more functionality whereas Foxit isn’t enough.