How to change default PDF reader, Edge, in Windows 10

Microsoft Edge is the default PDF reader in Windows 10, which is good, as it beats needing a third-party, free PDF reader software. But if you’re wondering how to change the default PDF reader, then we’re here to help out. This post will show you how to change the default PDF reader & viewer, which is Microsoft Edge browser, in Windows 10, to one of your choice.

Change default PDF reader in Windows 10

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Microsoft Edge, while not the best web browser in the world right now, is pretty good at being a PDF reader. If you are interested in basic reading, then Edge will suffice.

That being said, Windows is all about freedom of deciding what you want to use, so if Edge is not your cup of tea, there are several options out there, some of which are even better than Edge. So naturally, some folks will want to change Edge from being the default browser, and that’s fine, so let’s get down to it.

The procedure to change default PDF reader is the same for changing any default program. Move to the where the PDF file then right-click on the PDF file itself. After that, you should see “Open With” so just hover the mouse over the option, then click on “Choose another app.” A pop-up will appear with a list of programs that can open PDF files.

From this list, users can choose a particular program and they can choose the option that says, “Always use this app.” That should solve the problem by changing Microsoft Edge from being the default for opening PDFs.

Here’s the thing, there’s a chance your favorite PDF program may not show up on the list, so what then? Well, instead of clicking on “Choose another app” just click on “More apps” and it should show what you want to see.

Another way to get this done is by opening the Control Panel, then click on Programs > Default Programs > Set your default program. Wait for the programs to load, and then click on your favorite after. From there, it should be possible to set this program as the default.

Hope this helps!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

One Comment

  1. disqus_PIHOAN9Hx3

    download adobe reader DC, and use that free program, and does what it needs to do

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