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Whenever you buy something electrical, you always get the huge user manual that goes with it. If it’s software or perhaps a removable hard-drive, most of these companies have moved with the times and provided a PDF copy of the manual instead. But more likely than not, you’re holding a paper copy of the manual, adding to the huge paper clutter already in your home.

But wait! I can tell you that in all likelihood, the paper manual you’re holding is already online in PDF or HTML form. So you can probably safely chuck the paper manual and download the digital version from one of these 5 sources.

Central Manuals

Central Manuals has a huge selection of manuals covering virtually every piece of hardware you can think of, and a lot of software too. Despite the terrible colour scheme above, just click on your desired category, then the name of the manufacturer, then the make and model.

All manuals are in PDF format, and all are free to download.

Scribd Instruction Manuals

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If you make a free account and sign in, you can save titles to your account for future reference, zoom in and out, and share the manuals on social networks.

Archive.org Manual Library

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Another category on the site is manuals, and some which are available include computer game manuals, hardware manuals, electronics, and much more.

You can read them on the site in an embedded widget or download them in various formats — PDF, ePUB, Kindle, Daisy, TXT, and DjVu.

Apple Manuals

Apple has a huge customer support section on their website. Apart from the user forums, Apple also has help pages on every conceivable problem. What they also have are user manuals for various Apple devices.

You can download a manual in PDF, iBooks, and Web.

Manuals Online

Manuals Online cover over 700,000 products, including Sony, Apple, Panasonic, and Dell. As with the others, choose the manufacturer, and then the make and model. You can then either download the manual in PDF form, or print it out.

These days, keeping paper copies of anything is becoming needless, as you can easily find the digital version online if you know where to look. These sites also come to the rescue if you have lost your old manual and are hunting for a copy. We have shown you a few good specialised user manual sites Can't Find a User Manual For Your Gear? Search These Specialist Websites Can't Find a User Manual For Your Gear? Search These Specialist Websites The meticulous guy with foresight will either scan a user manual and keep a softcopy in his computer, or look for a softcopy that’s usually available as PDF on the manufacturer’s site. There’s a third... Read More before? Probably, there are more. Where do you get your user manuals from?

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