Along with the , which is the default web browser of , default PDF reader is also one of the newest feature of 10. It is a good leap as now we don’t have to install third party tools to view PDF files.

The Microsoft Edge is miles better then but it is still behind many of the other browsers like Firefox, Chrome and opera which is the reason many users still opt for them.


While it’s true that Edge supports PDF files, it’s more of a basic PDF reader. If you prefer to have a feature-rich application as the default PDF reader instead of Edge, you have plenty of options to choose from.

Best PDF reader software for Windows 10

The above mentioned browsers can be used to open and view PDF files but the functionality is still limited and you can’t expect them to perform like how the other third party tools will perform.

Some of the most popular PDF readers are Gaaiho PDF Reader, Soda 3D PDF Reader, or the small Foxit Reader.

If you prefer any of the desktop programs as your default reader, you can do so by following the steps given below.

Changing the default PDF reader in Windows 10

Method 1 of 2

Step 1: Open and go the the PDF file you want to open. Right-click on it and then click open with, Click choose another app to open option and “How do you want to open this file” fly-out will be displayed.


Step 2: Select the program you wish to make your default browser and check the box always use this app to open .pdf files.


Method 2 of 2

Step 1: Type Default Programs in the start menu search bar and then press enter to open Desktop version of the Default Programs. It’s important to open the desktop version as the Settings app doesn’t allow you choose a program from your PC and instead it offers you download an app from the Store.


You can also access it from Control Panel by changing view to small icons and then clicking Default Programs.

Step 2: Click the second link labelled Associate a file type or protocol with a program, and wait for a couple seconds to load all file types.


Step 3:  Scroll down the list to see .PDF entry. Click on .PDF entry, and then click Change program button to open “How do you want to open this .PDF file from now on” fly-out.


Step 4:  Either select one of the programs displayed in the list or click More apps, click Look for another app on this PC link to browse to the program that you want to use as the default PDF reader and finally, click Open button to select it as the default PDF reader in Windows 10.

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