Windows 10: How do I disable the useless Edge PDF Reader???

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  1. Posts : 3,033
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       14 Sep 2015 #11

    Try here too, i was looking for a way to reset Edge like IE, but no success if it would of helped. You did try all my other options, so try this way even though the same as going into Control panel, maybe will work. And no, Edge is default PDF reader when first installing Windows 10. IE is still there, having Adobe should put a plug in, in browsers like Firefox, IE and other to read online PDF through the browsers.

    http://techdows.com/2015/08/how-to-c...indows-10.html
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  2.    14 Sep 2015 #12

    Any PDF file on the internet should be saved first to the computer before you open it with another program. If it is on the computer, you can choose the default program to open PDFs. If you are opening it with your browser from a webpage without downloading it first locally, of COURSE the browser will open it...

    Click save, or save as, NOT open.
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  3. Posts : 353
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       14 Sep 2015 #13

    I have Pale Moon as the default browser and Foxit Reader portable as the default program for .pdf files.
    When i click on a .pdf link in a webpage Pale Moon gives me a choice to open it with Foxit, choose another program, or save the file.
    I could also use a plugin to open it in PaleMoon with Foxit.

    This is what i see.

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  4.    15 Sep 2015 #14

    jds63- Still no luck getting Adobe DC to work as a default PDF viewer in Edge, as you have. I will try uninstalling and reinstalling Adobe as a possible solution.
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  5.    15 Sep 2015 #15

    OK, so the reinstalling Adobe did nothing. Nor did installing Foxit. In all cases, Microsoft Edge want to take control of PDF files. I tried all the suggestions re defaults and associations etc. Works in File Explorer but not in Edge.

    As a large percentage of my web browsing is reading PDF files, which Edge will not let me do effectively (unless I download every PDF file I read), its utterly useless to me.

    I am going back to Chrome or IE11. Neither has any issue with viewing a PDF online re articles, tutorials, manuals, lessons, banks statements, etc . Only Edge has an issue.

    Still don't get why I cant launch Adobe DC from Edge when Edge sees a PDF...or why I cant launch IE11 directly for PDF files...or why others can evoke Adobe DC instead of Edge. But its taking way too much of my time already - clearly Microsoft enjoys making this as difficult as possible.

    Perhaps Edge will change in the next Service Pack, if not, I don't see any other option other than changing to a browser that can properly handles PDFs.

    Thought for a moment I found the solution here : Solved How to use Adobe Reader to open PDF's instead of Edge - Windows 10 Forums , but the way it was "solved" was to stop using Edge and use IE11 !
    Last edited by mediaman09; 15 Sep 2015 at 10:31.
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  6. Posts : 3,033
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       15 Sep 2015 #16

    mediaman09 said: View Post
    OK, so the reinstalling Adobe did nothing. Nor did installing Foxit. In all cases, Microsoft Edge want to take control of PDF files. I tried all the suggestions re defaults and associations etc. Works in File Explorer but not in Edge.

    As a large percentage of my web browsing is reading PDF files, which Edge will not let me do effectively (unless I download every PDF file I read), its utterly useless to me.

    I am going back to Chrome or IE11. Neither has any issue with viewing a PDF online re articles, tutorials, manuals, lessons, banks statements, etc . Only Edge has an issue.

    Still don't get why I cant launch Adobe DC from Edge when Edge sees a PDF...or why I cant launch IE11 directly for PDF files...or why others can evoke Adobe DC instead of Edge. But its taking way too much of my time already - clearly Microsoft enjoys making this as difficult as possible.

    Perhaps Edge will change in the next Service Pack, if not, I don't see any other option other than changing to a browser that can properly handles PDFs.

    Thought for a moment I found the solution here : Solved How to use Adobe Reader to open PDF's instead of Edge - Windows 10 Forums , but the way it was "solved" was to stop using Edge and use IE11 !
    My confusion was you were not able to read downloaded PDF files on your desktop or in folder in File explorer with Adobe Reader, that Edge was still opening it. MS Edge probably does not support the Plug In from Adobe Reader as Firefox,IE,Chrome does. Reasons Edge will not open PDF's online,this is my impression as Edge does not yet support a lot of plug ins.

    Your last link is what i showed you before which only defaults either PDF reader for desktop (file explorer) downloaded PDF you already have on your PC. I will check IE in Windows 10, i am not sure as i use Firefox mostly and it works fine.

    Plug in in Firefox

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    What i notice in IE is works better then in Firefox giving you more of option as the same as when you open Adobe from a Downloaded PDF on your Desktop or File Explorer, Nice !
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    MS Edge opening a PDF link
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    Here is Firefox as looks like Edge
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  7.    15 Sep 2015 #17

    jds63 said: View Post
    MS Edge probably does not support the Plug In from Adobe Reader as Firefox,IE,Chrome does. Reasons Edge will not open PDF's online,this is my impression as Edge does not yet support a lot of plug ins.....

    MS Edge opening a PDF link
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    Okay so if I understand correctly. you are confirming what I am experiencing. When in an EDGE browser, and opening an online PDF, and wanting to read that pdf, only the EDGE reader can be used. There is no configuration that will allow Adobe DC to be used instead. The only workaround is to either use a different browser, or read it off-line.

    As downloading every PDF I want to read while browsing is a ridiculous thing to do, reverting back to Chrome is best for me. IE11 is quite nice re PDFs, but its support will be limited , whereas Chrome is fully supported with mods, new features etc.

    We'll see what Win 10 Service Pack 1 holds for Edge. Until then, I cant use it.
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  8. Posts : 3,033
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       15 Sep 2015 #18

    mediaman09 said: View Post
    Okay so if I understand correctly. you are confirming what I am experiencing. When in an EDGE browser, and opening an online PDF, and wanting to read that pdf, only the EDGE reader can be used. There is no configuration that will allow Adobe DC to be used instead. The only workaround is to either use a different browser, or read it off-line.

    As downloading every PDF I want to read while browsing is a ridiculous thing to do, reverting back to Chrome is best for me. IE11 is quite nice re PDFs, but its support will be limited , whereas Chrome is fully supported with mods, new features etc.

    We'll see what Win 10 Service Pack 1 holds for Edge. Until then, I cant use it.
    Yes, open online PDF in any browser of choice is not going to make any difference except what i seen with IE and Adobe Acrobat Plug in, no default for this of course, making a browser your default browser has nothing to do with this. Unless it's a link from within windows program or software that is directing you to a PDF link, then whichever browser is default will open it.

    Mainly the Adobe reader uses a plug in in browser for that and when using a PDF file in file explorer it opens in whatever is the default reader you set. For me sometimes i notice not all PDF's are readable online, some have to download, i get what you mean there.

    Edge without anything else is default reader unless you download another for pdf files on PC, that is main thing, comes to reading ones online it is the browsers plug ins i believe, as i am not sure browser needs adobe plug in or foxit plug in to read a PDF. May add more function to it, in fact i had opened PDF without Adobe plug in on Windows 10, before i ever installed Adobe Reader.
    So for online no need for it, as i see.
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  9.    15 Sep 2015 #19

    For many PDFs, the bare bones EDGE pdf viewer is passable, as you do get the triple dots (more action) to zoom, print etc. as your screen shot shows. However all of the on-line monthly pdf bank/investment statements are encrypted - Edge still renders them, but in an separate fixed window with zero options, not even zoon, so I can barely read it, rendering it unusable. It is for this reason I am giving up on Edge. I can only want to use one product as my browser, so for now its anything-but-Edge. All other non-Edge browsers to the job just fine.
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  10. Posts : 11,204
    Windows 10 Pro
       15 Sep 2015 #20

    mediaman09 said: View Post
    How do I disable the Edge PDF Reader? - the one the opens a PDF file in a window that gives the user no option to enlarge or reduce or print or open with the Adobe reader, thus rendering it useless. All you get is a Save As option.
    I find Edge quite nice with PDF files. Fast and easy zoom with CTRL + mouse wheel and so on. In screenshot a PDF document in Edge zoomed to 20%:

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