Setting Adobe as the default PDF application

Change the default program for opening PDFs to Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Follow the steps below to set Adobe as the default PDF Viewer Application.

  1. Click the Windows Start button | Settings.
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  2. Open Default Apps.
    1. Window 10 Professional version 1607 and older:
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    2. Window 10 Professional version 1703 and newer:
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  3. Scroll to the bottom of the right column and click on Choose default apps by file type.
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  4. Locate the file type you need to set a default app for (PDF for this example).  To the right of this file type is the program that is currently set as default, or a box with a "+" sign in it that says Choose a default.  Click on the program name or "+" box to assign a default app.
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  5. When the Choose an app dialog box opens, click on the app you want to use (Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, in this example) as the default.
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  6. Test opening one of these files to make sure it uses the app you selected.
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