Windows 10: How to set default pdf reader Solved

  1.    29 Nov 2015 #1

    How to set default pdf reader


    Since an update to windows 10 (last but one) every time I click a pdf file to open it, win10 insists on opening it in Edge - even after selecting 'open with' and confirming Acrobat as my default pdf reader.

    Anyone any ideas on how to stop Win10 controlling my pdf reader choice
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       29 Nov 2015 #2

    pewe said: View Post
    Since an update to windows 10 (last but one) every time I click a pdf file to open it, win10 insists on opening it in Edge - even after selecting 'open with' and confirming Acrobat as my default pdf reader.

    Anyone any ideas on how to stop Win10 controlling my pdf reader choice
    Right click on a PDF file then select open with/choose another application/ then flag the always use this app to open pdf. files and then select the app you want to use, or you can set this from settings/apps/ ecc. the first way is easier.
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       29 Nov 2015 #3

    Have a look at the settings you have for .pdf files in "Choose default applications by file type". If it is set to Microsoft Edge change it to Acrobat Reader or whichever program you prefer.

    To find this go to Settings: System: Default Apps and then select "Choose default applications by file type" towards the bottom of the page.
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  4.    29 Nov 2015 #4

    Note that changing users file associations to MS default without warning or notification in the November 10586 upgrade is an intrinsic 'feature'. (That upgrade was done in the manner of a new Windows installation, and will have created a Windows.old folder). So you may well find others.

    This is well documented in the technical press to MS's embarrassment.

    There will likely be two such upgrades next year. Will MS have learnt from this?

    Defensive action for next time? See this, maybe.
    Default App Associations - Export and Import for New Users in Windows - Windows 10 Forums
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  5.    29 Nov 2015 #5

    Thanks guys but I have already set the default program for pdf as Acrobat - but Windows10 ignores this and on double click opens pdf files with Edge.

    That's the problem.


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  6.    29 Nov 2015 #6

    Have you tried setting the default using the old control panel?

    - or from within Acrobat R?
    - or using rt click and open with? (I'll include that for completeness as it's mentioned above)
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       29 Nov 2015 #7

    I think @dalchina may have the answer. Go into Acrobat Reader and select File -> Preferences. On the General preferences click the button at the bottom that has "Select As Default PDF Handler". Also make sure the box is ticked that says Tell me if Acrobat Reader DC is not my default PDF application.
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  8.    29 Nov 2015 #8

    dalchina said: View Post
    Have you tried setting the default using the old control panel?

    - or using rt click and open with? (I'll include that for completeness as it's mentioned above)
    Those didn't work

    dalchina said: View Post
    - or from within Acrobat R?
    philc43 said: View Post
    I think @dalchina may have the answer. Go into Acrobat Reader and select File -> Preferences. On the General preferences click the button at the bottom that has "Select As Default PDF Handler". Also make sure the box is ticked that says Tell me if Acrobat Reader DC is not my default PDF application.
    Setting it in Acrobat Reader did the trick.

    Thanks guys.
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  9. Posts : 2,714
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       29 Nov 2015 #9

    Glad it worked!
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