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How to Change Default PDF Viewer in Windows 10

2020-10-10 10:12:35 • Filed to: Knowledge of PDF • Proven solutions

One of the most important update in Windows 10 is the introduction of Microsoft Edge. Not only was it introduced as Windows 10's default browser to replace Internet Explorer, it was also programmed to be the default PDF viewer. This latter simply means that Windows 10 users will automatically use this application when they open PDF files. This is great because it eliminates the need to install a third-party PDF viewer that could potentially bog down your computer.

However, those who frequently uses the PDF file format may find Microsoft Edge a little bit limited in its capabilities. Therefore, if you have more dynamic software that you prefer to use instead, you will be happy to know that you can change the default PDF viewer on Windows 10 so that your PDF documents will automatically be opened in the software.

How to Change Default PDF Viewer in Windows 10

There are two ways you can go about changing the default PDF viewer in Windows 10 – using the File Explorer or via the Control Panel. Both are easy to do if you follow these steps:

Method 1. Using File Explorer

Step 1. Right Click Your PDF

Right-click on a PDF file. Click on "Open with" > "Choose another app".

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Step 2. Change Default Viewer

A pop-up window will prompt you to choose your preferred software. Tick the "Always use this app" check box and click "OK".

If your preferred software does not appear in the pop-up window, click on "More apps" to expand the list. Scroll down until you see the "Look for another app in this PC" link and click on it. Find and select your preferred software to set it to the default PDF viewer in Windows 10.

Change the default pdf reader on Windows 10

Method 2. Using Control Panel

Step 1. Open Control Panel

Open your PC's Control Panel and click on "Default Programs". Proceed with accessing the "Associate a file type or protocol with a program" settings. It will take some time for your PC to load all your file formats.

Change the default PDF reader on Windows 10

Step 2. Change Default Program

Find the .pdf entry. Highlight its row and click the "Change program…" button. A window will appear to prompt you into choosing the preferred default PDF viewer.

change the default PDF reader on Windows 10

Step 3. Confirm Your Settings

If you are unable to see the preferred PDF viewer, you can find it by clicking on the "More apps" link. If you still cannot find it, scroll down and click the "Look for another app in this PC" link. Once you have located the software that you want, click "Open" to set it as the default PDF viewer on your PC.

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