There are lots of reasons to check out Microsoft Edge, the new browser included with Windows 10; indeed, the browser is trying to be a jack of all trades. In addition to being the default browser for new Windows 10 installations, Edge will also be set as the default PDF reader.
It’s nice to be able to open PDFs without installing a dedicated piece of software, and if you rarely use PDFs this is probably enough for you to get by. However, Edge doesn’t offer the features power users need, so to set a different PDF reader (like Foxit Reader or other popular options), here’s what to do.
Locate a PDF on your computer and right-click it. Choose the Open with option, followed by Choose another app. This will bring up a new menu showing you that Edge is the default reader, but allowing you to open a different program to open the file this time.
Go ahead and choose your favorite reader (after you’ve installed it) from the list and check the Always use this app to open .PDF files to set it as the default.
If you don’t see the program you want, click More apps to show every compatible program on your computer. If you still don’t have it listed in this menu, click Look for another app on this PC and browse to the install location of the software (typically C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86) and select it to set it as default.
In other news, I UNINSTALLED Adobe reader altogether because it's just. too. needy.
— technogoddess (@technogoddess) April 10, 2016
Whatever your preferred solution, just know that you don’t have to use Adobe Reader anymore!
What’s your favorite way to open PDFs in Windows 10? Let us know how often you need to work with PDFs below!
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