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How to Change the Default PDF Reader in Windows 10

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Written by Uday Kumar

There are many changes in Windows 10 either it could be in the introduction of new features or few modifications to the already existing features in the previous versions. Microsoft Edge is the newly added default web browser in Windows 10 and is claimed to be faster than the Windows internet explorer. Microsoft Edge is not only the default web browser but also the default PDF reader.

Well, this is a good sign because we don’t need to install other PDF viewer software. Microsoft Edge browser has a basic PDF viewer look and doesn’t have the well built-in view features that other third party sources provide. So, if you prefer to have a rich application interface with other features then, you have to go for other sources instead of Edge browser. Let’s see how to change the default PDF reader in Windows 10.

Change the Default PDF Reader in Windows 10

There are many ways to change the default PDF reader in Windows 10. Let’s see one by one.

1. Using File explorer

It’s quite simple to change the default PDF reader using file explorer. All you need to do is just open the file explorer and navigate to the folder containing the PDF file. Right-click on the PDF file and select Open with from the list of options. Click on Choose another app from the menu.Windows-explorer-default-pdf

A pop-up will appear on the screen asking you to choose a program for just one time or you can also select the “Always use this app” link to make it default app. From this window, choose the default PDF reader of your choice.Windows-explorer-default-pdf-openwith

If the default app is not listed in the pop-up window, then you can select a different app located on your PC. Click “More apps” and select an app or scroll down to until you see “Look for another app in this PC” link. Click on this link to browse to the program that you want to set as the default PDF reader, and click on the “Open” button to set it as the default.Windows-explorer-default-pdf-moreapps

2. Using Control Panel

Launch the Control Panel from the Start menu and select Programs  Default ProgramsDefault-programs

Click on the link “Associate a file type or protocol with a program” and wait for a few seconds to load all file types.Associate-file-type

Scroll down the list to see .PDF file type. Click on “.PDF” type and then click on the “Change program” button.Associate-file-type

A pop-up will appear on the screen asking you to choose a program for just one time or you can also select the “Always use this app” link to make it default app. From this window, choose the default PDF reader of your choice.Windows-explorer-default-pdf-openwith

If the default app is not listed in the pop-up window, then you can select a different app located on your PC. Click “More apps” and select an app or scroll down to until you see “Look for another app in this PC” link. Click on this link to browse to the program that you want to set as the default PDF reader, and click on the “Open” button to set it as the default.Windows-explorer-default-pdf-moreapps

That’s it. Isn’t it simple?

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