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I tried to open 2 different PDFs by clicking on the files in Windows explorer but only last one can be seen. I need to cross read them. I am surprised this is not simple operation. Am I missing something?

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You can have multiple PDF documents open in the Windows 8, but not with the built-in Windows Reader. Unfortunately, Reader does not seem to have any functionality for multiple windows/documents (which is fairly typical of Windows Store Apps, considering they more or less do away with the multiple-window-model to optimise for smaller screens).

What you can do is use a third-party PDF viewer, just as you would have done in previous versions of Windows that did not come with one. Adobe Reader and Foxit Reader are just two among many commonly used viewers that will launch in Desktop mode, just as they did in previous versions.

Unfortunately, if you are running Windows RT then this is not an option (RT does not allow Desktop programs). You could try searching for a third-party PDF viewer in the Windows Store - there are a couple available and surely more to come. However, it may be a bit difficult to find one that can display multiple documents simultaneously.

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Just to note - if you have 2 different Windows 8/RT Windows Store PDF viewers, you can open a different document in each, which lets you stay in the Metro/Modern interface. –  PJC Jun 1 '13 at 13:38

The most convenient option is to use Google Chrome as the default PDF reader. Multiple documents will open on new tabs, and you can just drag tabs away from each other and work with multiple windows. You can merge windows too.

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You can try PDF Reader for Windows 8, which allows you to open and view multiple PDF documents on Desktop.

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Thank you, but I use PDF Previewer for Windows 8 (http://www.windows8pdf.com). A decent PDF reader was included in this PDF Previewer, and you can open one PDF file in each PDF reader window. PDF Reader for Windows 8 can be launched with multiple instances.

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