Use a Real PDF Reader Instead of Edge in Windows 10

Ben Stegner 14-04-2016

There are lots of reasons to check out Microsoft Edge 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now Microsoft Edge marks a complete break from the Internet Explorer brand name, killing off a 20-year-old family tree in the process. Here's why you should be using it. Read More , 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 The 6 Best PDF Readers for Windows in 2019 The best PDF readers don't cost any money. Read our roundup of feature-rich PDF viewers that out perform even Adobe Reader. Read More ), 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.


Whatever your preferred solution, just know that you don’t have to use Adobe Reader This Is Why You Don't Need Adobe Reader Adobe Reader is bloated, slow, and a liability. In short, it's unnecessary. Do you need a PDF Reader at all? We show you how to open PDF files without Adobe Reader. Read More 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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  1. Anonymous
    April 14, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Windows 10 also comes with the Reader app that can open PDFs.

    • Narayanan
      March 18, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Is there a way to set Adobe reader as the default for all computers? Probably using XML file or GPO?