September 26, 2022
Default PDF Viewer in windows

How to Change Default PDF Viewer in Windows 10

As a default setting, Windows 10 is set to open PDF Files in Microsoft Edge browser. It is however, simple to alter the default PDF Viewer so that your PC open PDF Files within Adobe Reader.

Change the default PDF Viewer in Windows 10

The previous versions of Windows (XP, 7 and 8) required installing of Adobe PDF Reader or other PDF Viewers to read PDF files.

With Windows 10, Microsoft has removed the requirement to install a PDF viewer. It has it has instead installed Microsoft Edge browser as the default PDF viewer.

Many people like having the option of not needing to install a third party tool to open PDF files, there are those who prefer to open PDF files with Adobe Reader, instead of being directed towards Microsoft Edge whenever they try to open PDF documents.

We have therefore provided below the steps needed to change the Default PDF viewer on Windows 10 to Adobe Reader or another PDF viewer you prefer.

Create Adobe Reader as Default PDF Viewer in Windows 10

Install and download Adobe Reader on your PC and comply with the following steps to install Adobe Reader as the default PDF viewer for your computer.

1. Open Settings and click on the icon Apps.

2. On Apps & Features screen, click on default apps from the lower left-hand pane. In the right-hand pane scroll down, and select the Choose default apps by file type.

3. On the next screen, scroll until you see .pdf (PDF file) Click on Microsoft Edge next to .pdf and then select Adobe Acrobat Reader as your preferred PDF viewer.

Windows Reverts to Microsoft Edge as Default PDF Viewer

There is a possibility that Windows 10 automatically reverting back to using Microsoft Edge as the default PDF viewer when updates are added to your PC.

If this occurs then you should follow the steps above and then set Adobe Reader as the default PDF viewer for your computer.

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