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May 31

Open PDFS in Windows 10


One of the most common questions I get with Windows 10 is “Why wont PDF’s open like they used to before I upgraded to Windows 10, how can I open PDFs like I did before?”

Fortunately the solution is very simple and can be used to cover a range of different files in windows 10 not just PDFs without delving too deep into the settings.

When you first upgrade to Windows 10 Microsoft edge is set as the default application to open PDFs which is great and means you do not need any additional software to open a PDF. The drawback is to those of us set in out ways of viewing a PDF in adobe reader or those of us who just want a more feature rich reader it can be very frustrating.

Luckily the process to change the default app is very simple and can be done in a couple of clicks. Once you change the default app that opens a PDF it will always open in that application and so will any other PDFs.

How to open PDFs in something other than Edge

First find a PDF on your computer. Right click the file and choose open with and then select “Choose another App”

PDF Default App

On the next screen you will get a short list of apps, click on view more apps to get a fuller list of potential programs.

In most cases the program you would like to be the default for opening a PDF will be displayed in this list. Tick the box at the bottom of the screen that says Always use this app to open .PDF files and then click on the application you would like to use to open PDF files in windows 10. In future any PDF you click on will be opened by default in this application.

Open PDFs default

If the file you want to use to open a PDF is not listed you can scroll to the bottom of the list and use the option Look for another app on this PC.  This will allow you to search your PC for the relevant app.

If you want to change the default program for other types of files you can associate different file types with different programs in Default programs which we cover in our article Change the default app for files if you would like to know more information