As you must have seen, Windows 10 makes use of Microsoft Edge browser to open PDF files. If you do not like this default setup, it is possible to change default PDF viewer in Windows 10 to Adobe PDF Viewer.
Change Default PDF Viewer in Windows 10
The earlier version of Windows (XP, 7 and 8) required the installation of a PDF Viewer in order to view PDF files and most users ended up installing Adobe PDF reader on their computers.
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 find it irritating to be 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 or any other PDF viewer of your choice.
Steps to Change Default PDF Viewer in Windows 10
Download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader or any other PDF Viewer that you want to use on your computer and follow the steps below to change default PDF viewer in Windows 10.
1. Click on the Start button and then 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. Scroll down in the right-pane and click on Choose default Apps by file type option.
4. On the next screen, scroll down until you find .pdf (PDF File). Next, click on Microsoft Edge next to .pdf and select Adobe Acrobat Reader or your preferred PDF viewer.
Windows Reverts Back to Edge As Default PDF Viewer
While it is easy to change default PDF viewer in Windows 10, the problem is that your Windows computer 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 or other PDF viewer of your choice.
Unfortunately, this is the only way to deal with this issue in Windows 10.
If you have installed updates or made system changes, check to see if your computer has reverted back to using Microsoft Edge as the default PDF viewer and repeat the steps to change default PDF viewer in Windows 10.