Windows 10, by default, has a lot of Microsoft apps that handle the default activities of the operating system. One that you might find annoying is that Microsoft Edge opens PDFs. On one hand, it is good in the sense that you don’t need to download a third-party app. But you might have a different and more robust PDF app you’d rather use.
Change the Default PDF Program on Windows 10
Changing the default PDF reader in Windows 10 is much like changing other default programs. For more on changing defaults, read our article: How to Set Default Apps in Windows 10.
You can right-click a PDF and go to Open with and select Choose another app.
Then choose the app you want to use to open the PDF. If you want to continue using the app you selected click the “Always use this app to open PDF files” option. Moving forward that app will always open PDFs and other PDF files will be associated with that program.
Use the Settings App
Another way to do it is to use the Settings app. Hit the Windows key and click Settings from the bar on the left. Or if you are a keyboard warrior use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + I to open Settings directly.
From the Settings home screen select Apps.
Next, click on Default Apps from the list on the left.
Now scroll down on the right and click the “Choose default apps by file type” link.
Now scroll down to PDF and click Microsoft Edge and change it to something else from the list that you have installed. Or go to the Microsoft Store to choose a program.
Windows will give you a message telling you the benefits of Edge and why you shouldn’t change it. Click the “Switch Anyway” option on the menu.
Reset Your Default Apps Fast After a Windows 10 Update
There is another annoyance about Windows 10 you might have noticed. Sometimes, after a major upgrade, your default apps can be changed back to the Windows 10 defaults. Luckily there’s a handy utility that allows you to get your updates back fast — Default Programs Editor.
For more on this issue and getting things back to normal check out our article: Get Your Default Apps Back Fast After a Windows 10 Update Resets Them.