How to Make Adobe Acrobat Default Windows 10 PDF Viewer

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How to Make Adobe Acrobat Default Windows 10 PDF Viewer

In Windows 10, the Microsoft has changed lots of things, and one thing out of them is changing defaults apps for opening different files which include multimedia files, text files, and more. Edge is the default web browser for Windows 10, and apart from it, it is also a default PDF viewer app.

Windows 10 users are happy to use Edge as a browser, but they’re not glad to see Edge as a PDF viewer app and wants to make Adobe Acrobat default windows 10 pdf viewer. But users don’t know how to make that thing happen.

Majority of the users prefer to use Adobe Acrobat reader a pdf viewer as it offers various customization features in comparison of Microsoft Edge.

Even one of the regular reader of my site sent me a question i.e.

I have installed Windows 10 and now I want to make Adobe Acrobat default Windows 10 PDF reader application.

How to Make Adobe Acrobat Default Windows 10 PDF Viewer

Finding this question to be interested I decided to write this post so that every user who wants to change default Windows 10 pdf viewer know how to do that.

So without further delay, why don’t you start reading about it:

Change Default PDF Viewer Windows 10 using Adobe Acrobat Reader

1. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC from official and install it on your computer. If not installed already.

How to Make Adobe Acrobat Default Windows 10 PDF Viewer

2. Open the application and wait for few seconds. The dialogue box will appear with a message which reads “Make Adobe Acrobat Reader my default PDF application.” Just click on the Yes button.

And you’re done. If this method fails for you, then you can try the second method.

Make Adobe Acrobat Default Windows 10 PDF Viewer using PDF File

1. Head over the to PDF file which you want to open. In case, it is showing Edge icon written PDF on it then it is confirmed the default PDF viewer is Edge browser.

edge pdf icon

3. To change default pdf viewer you need to the select Open with -> Choose another app.

open with adobe acrobat reader dc

Note: In case, you want to open pdf file just for one time, then instead of selecting open with on context menu, you can select Adobe Acrobat reader. This will open the file in Adobe Reader.

4. The next context menu will show a list of apps and programs which you can set a default PDF viewer in Windows 10 listed under “How do you want to open this file.”

Make Adobe Acrobat Default Windows 10 PDF Viewer

Here you need to select Adobe Acrobat Reader from the list. Also, checkmark the option which reads “Always use this app to open .pdf files.”

Note: If you don’t check mark this open, then for this time the file will be opened in Adobe reader, but the edge browser will remain default PDF viewer.

That’s it.

Use Settings app to Change Default PDF Viewer Windows 10

In case, for some reason this method is not working for you, then you can use an alternate method. In which you need to:

1. Launch Settings app. You can do that by pressing WIN + I keyboard keys.

2. Navigate to Apps -> Default Apps.

Choose default apps by file type

3. On the right side, scroll down until you see a link which reads “Choose default apps by file type.” Just click on it.

change windows 10 pdf viewer from settings app

4. In the next window, you will get a complete list of different file types; you need to scroll down until .pdf file appear. In the screenshot, you can see that Edge is a default pdf viewer. To change click on it and from context menu click on Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

That’s it!  This will make Adobe Acrobat default Windows 10 pdf viewer.

I hope you find the answer to the question, i.e., How to make Adobe Acrobat default Windows 10 pdf viewer. In case, you have any query drop it in the comments.

One Reply to “How to Make Adobe Acrobat Default Windows 10 PDF Viewer”

  1. Thank you SO much for your help in changing from Edge to Adobe Acrobat as my default pdf application. It’s been driving me crazy. MUCH APPRECIATED.

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