Couldn’t open PDF in Edge, Something’s keeping this PDF from the opening

Windows 10 uses Microsoft Edge as a default web browser. This new built-in browser is replaced with the older Internet Explorer for its performance and features. Apart from serving a default browser, Microsoft Edge acts as a default PDF viewer as well in Windows 10. Edge being a default browser, it automatically opens the PDF documents. This holds true even if you have other PDF reader installed on your system.

Couldn't open PDF in Edge, something’s keeping this PDF from the opening

Some Windows users are facing trouble opening a PDF file or viewing an internet link that has a downloadable PDF file in the Microsoft Edge browser. Edge throws an error saying “Couldn’t open PDF in Edge, Something’s keeping this PDF from the opening”. If you are currently facing problems opening a PDF document in Edge browser and looking out for troubleshoot ideas then you have come to right place.

Couldn’t open PDF in Edge, Something’s keeping this PDF from the opening

The error commonly occurs if you have installed other PDF viewers as they may interrupt Edge program while opening PDF documents. Also clearing cache is important as it can cause browser issues over time. The ideal solution to solve the Edge browser glitches is to reset the browser as a default PDF viewer or repair the browser. You could try our following suggestions to overcome this error-

  1. Set Microsoft Edge as a default PDF viewer
  2. Delete Cache in Microsoft Edge
  3. Repair Microsoft Edge.

1] Set Microsoft Edge as a default PDF viewer

Open Control Panel and navigate to Default Programs. Click the option “Associate a file type or protocol with a program”.

Choose the PDF file option and click Change program.

In the pop-up window, Select Microsoft Edge and select the option Always use this app to open .pdf.

Click OK to set Edge as a default PDF viewer.

2] Delete Cache in Microsoft Edge

It is a good idea to empty the cache on a regular basis to avoid problem loading up websites, unnecessary interruption and improve the performance. Follow the below steps to clear cache

Launch Microsoft Edge. Go to Settings. Under Clear browsing, data click Choose what to clear.

Select the option Cached data and files and click Clear.

3] Repair Microsoft Edge

You can encounter problems while opening PDF in Edge if the browser is compromised and is under security threat by a hacker. You can repair the Edge browser to the default setting in Windows 10 and check if this helps to solve the problem.

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