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How to Open Attachments in a PDF File?

Neylan Jazz | Modified: 2018-02-02T11:48:52+00:00 | How To|

              How to Open Attachments from a PDF File?

Adobe Reader (formerly called Acrobat Reader) is the only PDF file viewer software that help user to open and interact with any kind of PDF content. Thus in order to open and view PDF files any Adobe Acrobat edition is to be installed in the machine. Topic of discussion here is how to view and open attachments in a PDF file. PDF format carries embedded attachments and that attachment can be anything it can be a PDF itself, XLS/XLSX, and DOC/DOCX, PPT/PPTX file, image files or even file types from different email platforms. Once user converts any emails to PDF format, they can open and view that email in PDF format, but to open the email attachment, they need the specific application that supports that attachment. For e.g. if user want to open an XLS file that is attached in the PDF then the machine should have Excel application running.

How to Open and View PDF Attachments?

PDF files with attachments are easily viewable with the supportive application like Adobe Acrobat available in the machine.

First Open the PDF file, then Click on Attachments which will be available on the bottom/top side of the window left panel (the icon looks like Paperclip). Doing so will display the list of the attachments, right click on the needed attachment and select Open attachment. Check option to open this file as suggested by the Adobe Reader. Click OK and open the file. Enjoy easy open and view PDF file attachment process. Visual representation of the process to open/view PDF attachment is given below, enjoy!

First Open PDF file you have saved anywhere in the machine.

Open PDF File with attachment


Click on Attachment Icon

Click on attachment icon

Clicking on attachment icon will display all the attachments that are embedded in the PDF.

Showing attachment list

Select any of the attachment, right click on it and it will display the options to complete PDF attachment view process initiated. 3 options will be given as Open attachments, Save Attachments and Search Attachments.

Options to open attachments


Select Open Attachment option and get into the warning message about risk of opening the attachment with 3 options provided

  • Open this file
  • Always allow opening files of this type
  • Never allow opening files of this type

Options to select how to open attachment

Select open this file option and click OK to get the PDF attachment opened and viewed easily.

Attachment Launch option

File Attachment Annotations and How to Make PDF Attachment Visible?

From earlier version itself (PDF 1.3), PDF supports file attachment annotations, and this help user to transform any needed document to PDF attachments. Attachments can include links or any other kind of file formats. Once the PDF is created with attachments, user can open and save that file. The process of opening any attachment from PDF works like, once user open the attachment, it will automatically runs the application that supports the file format. So it is said to open and view an attachment the related application should be installed in the machine. Now let us see how to make PDF attachments visible?

Considering the security risk of opening file formats as they can contain malicious virus, Adobe had added some file formats to the black list that include EXE, INF, RAR, VBS, and ZIP file like formats that will not be opened on any attempt. So if you have any of this file types as PDF attachment, then sorry to say, Adobe will not help you to open them.

How to Make PDF Attachments Visible?

While opening a PDF document with attachment, the attachments will be displayed in the attachment pane by default. If you are unable to view PDF attachment then you can follow either of the two processes mentioned:

  •  Click the View>> navigation pane>>select show attachments>> select attachment from attachment Panel>> open it
  •  Choose file>>Properties>>Initial View Tab>>Attachment Pane and Page>>Show Menu >> Click OK

How to make Attachment Viewable

 PDF Attachment Icons: – PDF indicates the attachments embedded in it through attachment icons and those icons represent the type of file format that is been attached to help user define the supportive application to open it. 4 icons are generally proposed by PDF for Graph, Paperclip, Pushpin and Tag. When user click on any of the icon displayed, then Adobe will automatically run the application to support viewing the file content.

File attachments Icon in PDF

Different versions of Adobe have shown the attachment icon in different location of the screen. Some of the screenshots to find and view Adobe PDF attachments are given below.

Attachment Icon in the top Attachment Icon in the TabAttachment Icon in the bottom

The steps to open and view PDF attachment stays almost same on any version of the Adobe Reader you are working with, the only thing want to find out is where is the attachment icon available and then proceed as directed. PDF format saved data is easy to manage and transfer and most of the legal documentation process demand the data submission in PDF format, so if you converted any said email file type of other database into PDF format, get the PDF file attachment viewed and opened as mentioned.

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