How to Bind an EXE With a PDF

by Ray Padgett

If you are creating a PDF document, you can bind other types of files to it as an attachment. One file you can attach is an EXE application. If the PDF contains instructions for a small application, binding the EXE to the PDF can give a user both files at once. Beware of binding an EXE that is too large, though, as it can make the PDF so large that it is difficult to transfer.


Open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat. The free Adobe Reader allows you to download already-binded attachments but not add them.


Click the paper clip icon in the lower left-hand corner.


Click the "Add" icon.


Select the EXE you want to bind to the PDF, then click "Open."


Click "Save" from the File menu to save the PDF with the EXE attached.

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About the Author

Based in New York City, Ray Padgett has been writing about music and technology since his 2009 graduation from Dartmouth College. He has a degree in religion, with a minor in English. He has been published in and in "The Celebrity Café," "The Noise" and an upcoming Bob Dylan anthology.