Download of the day: Foxit Reader

Our daily pick of the best free Windows software – create and edit PDFs with the best free alternative to Adobe Acrobat

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.

Why you need it

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.

Key features

Create PDFs from scratch

Convert Microsoft Office files to PDF

Export PDFs to the cloud

Protect against security risks

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.

Download Foxit Reader free

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.


Cat is TechRadar's downloads editor. She's been a tech journalist for six years on magazines including PC Plus, Official Windows, PC Format and Windows: Help & Advice (with a brief stint in PR for the nuclear industry in between). If you have a question about software, drop her a line!