Easily set Adobe Reader or other PDF Application, as default PDF Reader in Windows 10. In Windows 10, Microsoft Edge isn’t only the default browser, but it is also the default PDF Viewer. Yes! Windows Reader introduced in Windows 8 is no longer part of the new Windows OS, but you can always install it any time by visiting the Windows Store.

This brings us another interesting situation: Edge has joined the Web PDF Viewers list with Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Vivaldi.

If you’re using any desktop PDF application on your computer such as Adobe Reader or Foxit, and want to set as default PDF Reader in Windows 10, here is how you can do that.

READ: How to make Adobe Reader as Default PDF Handler in Windows?

Changing the Default PDF Viewer in Windows 10

1. Click on Start Menu > Settings > Apps > Default apps

2. Scroll down and click ‘Choose default Apps by file type

3. Scroll down and look for .pdf file type on the left side, click on default PDF viewer (here it is ‘Microsoft Edge’) to select, once ‘Choose an app’ popup opens, select the PDF application you want to set as default, done.

Settings Choose default Apps by File type dialog

Will you use Edge as a default PDF Viewer with other desktop PDF programs installed on your computer? Have you faced any difficulty in doing this?

Now check Prevent Windows 10 from resetting default apps.

Note: We suggest you make sure you only install and use one Desktop PDF Reader, installing multiple PDF programs may change PDF PDF opening application and the instructions above may not work.

UPDATE: Another method, this one is working way better. I’ve tested by setting Adobe Acrobat Reader DC as default, Edge hasn’t taken over it in the anniversary update.

Open classic Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs> Set Default Programs

Select Adobe Acrobat Reader or other third-party PDF reader you’ve installed and click on ‘Set this program as default

set your default programs PDF Reader Windows 10