By default, Windows 10 opens PDF Files in Microsoft Edge browser window. If you do not like this setup, it is possible to change default PDF viewer in Windows 10 to Adobe Reader.
Change Default PDF Viewer in Windows 10
The earlier version of Windows (XP, 7 and 8) required the installation of Adobe PDF Reader or other PDF Viewers in order to view PDF files.
In Windows 10, Microsoft has done away with the need to install PDF viewer and assigned Microsoft Edge browser as the default PDF viewer.
While many users like the idea of not having to use a third party tool in order to view PDF files, there are others who prefer opening PDF files in Adobe Reader, instead of being redirected to Microsoft Edge whenever they try to open PDF files.
Hence, we are providing below the steps to Change Default PDF viewer in Windows 10 to Adobe Reader or or any other PDF viewer of your choice.
Change Default PDF Viewer in Windows 10 to Adobe Reader
Download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader and follow the steps below to change default PDF viewer in Windows 10.
1. Click on the Start button and click on the Settings icon.
2. On the Settings screen, click on the Apps icon.
3. On the Apps & Features screen, click on Default apps in the left pane. In the right-pane, scroll down and click on Choose default Apps by file type option.
4. On the next screen, scroll down until you find .pdf (PDF File) > click on Microsoft Edge next to .pdf and select Adobe Acrobat Reader as your preferred PDF viewer.
Windows Reverts Back to Edge As Default PDF Viewer
You need to aware that Windows 10 will automatically revert back to using Microsoft Edge as the default PDF viewer, whenever updates are installed on your computer.
If this happens, you can repeat the steps as provided above to change default PDF viewer in Windows 10 to Adobe Reader or other PDF viewer of your choice.
Whenever updates are installed on your computer, check if your computer has reverted back to using Microsoft Edge as the default PDF viewer.
If it has, you need to repeat the steps to change default PDF viewer in Windows 10.