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PDF opening in Edge instead of Adobe? That typically happens when you have just installed Adobe Acrobat. Because Microsoft Edge is Windows' default PDF viewer, your PC will use it to open your PDFs. Fortunately, this is a very simple problem. You can solve it in just a few clicks. Here, we will teach you how to do that.

We will also introduce another PDF editor that you can use: Wondershare PDFelement. It has most of the features Adobe Acrobat has but boasts a lower price.

In this article
  1. Why Are My PDFs Opening in Edge?
  2. How To Stop PDF From Opening in Microsoft Edge?
  3. How To Open PDF in Adobe Not Edge?
  4. How To Stop Edge Opening PDFs and Open PDFs in PDFelement
  5. PDF Opener Comparison Table: Microsoft Edge VS. Adobe V.S. Wondershare PDFelement

Part 1. Why Are My PDFs Opening in Edge?

Microsoft introduced Microsoft Edge at the same time the company launched Windows 10. This has been the default web browser since then. But it's not just a web browser. Like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge can open and edit PDFs. So, Microsoft Edge also became the default PDF editor on Windows 10, 10.5, 11, and 12 computers.

There are pros and cons to having Microsoft Edge as your PDF editor. Microsoft Edge is 100% free - that is the biggest plus. But do not underestimate it just because it is free. Microsoft Edge lets you add text, highlight text, and freehand draw on the PDF. Moreover, you can use Microsoft Edge to fill up forms. But its best feature is the AI Copilot. You can use that to generate a document summary, insights, find answers, and more.

However, this set of features is still smaller compared to the set of actual PDF tools. For example, Microsoft Edge does not let you add or edit images in the PDF. It does not have a compress feature or a convert feature. That is just the start of it. Expectedly, many people still choose to install PDF software programs like Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. But many are shocked that PDFs still open with Microsoft Edge after they installed Adobe.

Part 2. How To Stop PDF From Opening in Microsoft Edge?

First, you have to install another program that can view PDFs. Then, you can right-click each PDF and choose to open it with your preferred PDF editor or viewer. It works, but it is inconvenient to have to do that for every PDF that you need to open.

So, what should you do instead? You should adjust your device's settings. There's something called "Default apps" in a Windows PC's settings. You can set what program your computer will use for opening a file of a specific format. For PDFs, it is set to Microsoft Edge by default. That said, all you need to do is to change Microsoft Edge to Adobe.

Part 3. How To Open PDF in Adobe Not Edge?

In this section, you will learn how to change your default app for opening a PDF from Edge to Adobe.

  1. Press the Start button or the Windows key on your keyboard.
  2. Click Settings.
navigating to windows settings
  1. Click Apps.

navigating to windows app settings
  1. On the new window, click Default Apps.
  2. Scroll down and click Choose default apps by file type.
choose default apps by file type
  1. Scroll down until you find PDF of the leftmost panel.
  2. Click Microsoft Edge next to the PDF category.

changing the default app for pdfs
  1. Select Adobe Acrobat on the pop-up window.
choosing adobe as new default app

Part 4. How To Stop Edge Opening PDFs and Open PDFs in PDFelement

It is no secret that Adobe Acrobat is one of the most advanced PDF editors out there. But you can't expect a program that powerful to be cheap. It's a bit pricey. So, you may want a more budget-friendly option. If that is the case, you should check Wondershare PDFelement - an affordable PDF solution.

Wondershare PDFelement is not as advanced as Adobe Acrobat, but it is still feature-rich. You can use it to create and edit PDFs, fill up forms, convert, compress, or compare PDFs, and more. Also, Wondershare PDFelement has AI integration. That said, it is a bang for the buck.

Here is how to open PDFs in Wondershare PDFelement instead of Microsoft Edge. You can follow the same steps provided above or follow this alternative method:

  1. Click Start or press the Windows key on your keyboard.
  2. Type "Default apps" and press Enter.

opening default apps settings through search
  1. Click Default apps.
  2. Scroll down until you find the PDF file type.
  3. Click Microsoft Edge.
  4. Select Wondershare PDFelement on the pop-up window.
choosing wondershare pdfelement as default app

Part 5. PDF Opener Comparison Table: Microsoft Edge VS. Adobe V.S. Wondershare PDFelement

Here is a direct comparison between Wondershare PDFelement, Microsoft Edge, and Adobe Acrobat. We scrutinized their PDF viewing and editing capabilities. AI features are also big on PDF editors now. Thus, we also looked at what AI features these PDF viewers have to offer. Of course, we also included a price comparison between the three tools.

Wondershare PDFelement Adobe Acrobat Microsoft Edge

Yearly - $79.99

Perpetual - $129.99

Acrobat Standard for Individuals - $12.99/month

Acrobat Standard for Teams - $14.99/month per user

Acrobat Pro for Individuals - $19.99/month

Acrobat Pro for Teams - $22.99/month per user

PDF Viewing Experience

● Wondershare PDFelement offers so many View layouts.

● It offers an AI Read mode, which is like a full-screen view, but you can still access some tools - perfect for presentations.

● You can use Wondershare PDFelement as a PDF viewer even without a subscription.

● Adobe Acrobat PDF Viewer is free.

● It lets you sign PDFs.

● You can comment on the PDF.

● There are different view layouts.

● There's a table of contents and a navigation pane that you can use to quickly jump to a page.

● You can zoom in, zoom out, or view the PDF in full screen.

● Microsoft Edge can read your PDF aloud.

PDF Editing & Key Features

● Edit text, images, and links

● Fill up or create forms


● Convert

● Compress

● Compare

● Organize pages

● Encrypt

● Share

● Templates

● Comments and Mark up

● And more

● Edit text and images

● Templates

● Organize pages

● Merge or split PDFs

● Comments and Mark up

● Compress

● Crop

● And more

● Highlight

● Freehand draw

● Add text

● Translate PDF

AI Integration Features

● You can generate, rewrite, proofread, or explain text.

● You can save custom prompts for repetitive tasks.

● Wondershare PDFelement's AI assistant can explain code.

● You can ask questions about the PDF or ask the AI to summarize it.

● You can translate PDFs or text.

● Adobe Acrobat AI can generate a summary of the PDF.

● It facilitates navigation by generating outlines with clickable buttons that take you to important parts of the document.

● You can ask the AI questions about the PDF.

● The AI provides citations, letting you know where it got the answer from.

● The AI can generate a summary of the PDF.

● The AI can also generate key insights from the document.

● It offers three different conversation styles.

● You can ask the AI anything.

● Voice input is supported.

● The AI automatically detects when the PDF or question is sensitive. In this instance, it will not record your conversation.


If your PDF opens in Edge instead of Adobe, it means you still have Edge as your default PDF viewer. You can solve this problem in just a few seconds. You just need to visit your Windows PC's settings. Then, select your preferred app for opening PDFs.

Suppose you want a PDF editor more powerful than Microsoft Edge but cheaper than Adobe Acrobat. That description perfectly fits Wondershare PDFelement. It offers amazing PDF viewing and editing features and even has AI features. You can also use Wondershare PDFelement for PDF compression or conversion, while Microsoft Edge can't do that. And because Wondershare PDFelement has such an intuitive design, you will easily learn how to use it. Truly, this is the best PDF solution in the market.

Audrey Goodwin
Audrey Goodwin Apr 24, 24
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12 years of talent acquired in the software industry working with large publishers. Public speaker and author of several eBooks on technical writing and editing.