Steps to disable Microsoft Edge as your default PDF reader in Windows 10

With Windows 10, Microsoft has removed the classic Internet Explorer in favor of a simplified web browsing platform called Microsoft Edge, which offers a lot of improvements over its predecessor. While Microsoft Edge is a great web browser for Windows 10, one major drawback is that it automatically opens PDF files on your computer even if you have already installed a PDF reader.

In reality, when you click on a PDF file on your computer, it will automatically launch in Microsoft Edge, which is a little bit annoying. Luckily, you can remove the Edge as your default PDF reader in Windows 10, and select your desired PDF application.

In this tutorial, we will run you through the steps to disable Microsoft Edge as your default PDF reader. Before we begin, make sure that your PC is now running Windows 10 or newer.

How to change your default PDF reader on Windows 10

  1. Steps to disable Microsoft Edge as your default PDF reader in Windows 10 using the Settings app

Step one: First off, you need to open Settings on your computer. To do this, you simply need to right-click the Start and select Settings from the list of options

Step two: Once you are in, you need to click on Apps and then hit the Default Apps to proceed

Step three: Next up, scroll down a little bit and click .pdf section and then hit Microsoft Edge on the right side. After that, select your PDF reader from the list of options

Step four: Click Switch anyway to complete the task.

  1. Steps to disable Microsoft Edge as your default PDF reader using the file context menu

If you find the above process annoying, you can use the file context menu. Check out our step-by-step guide below.

Step one: Locate the PDF file you wish to open on your computer and then perform a right-click on it

Step two: Next up, hover the cursor over Open With and select Choose another app at the bottom of the list

Step three: From the list of options, select the PDF application you wish to use and make sure that you check the box next to Always use this app to open .pdf files at the bottom

Step four: Hit OK to complete the task.

That’s it! From now on, Microsoft Edge will no longer open PDF files every time you click on a file.

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