Set Default App for .pdf Files in Windows

By default, Windows 10 will open .pdf files using Microsoft Edge. Follow these instructions for setting your PDF viewer, i.e. Adobe Acrobat, as your default app for .pdf files.

  1. Locate the Start Menu in the bottom-left corner of the Windows screen. Click "Type here to search"

    PDF Default App
    • Type "default apps" into the Start Menu's search bar. Click "Default apps" from the Start Menu

      PDF Default App
      3. From the Default Apps Menu, click the "Choose default apps by file type" link

      PDF Default App

      4. Scroll down on the list until you see the ".pdf" file type. From here, select the appropriate version of Adobe Acrobat you have (Reader will be the free version)

      PDF Default App