Windows 10 has Edge as its default web browser in the place of Microsoft’s traditional web browser, the Internet Explorer, in all the devices. Also, Microsoft Edge is now the default pdf reader to open and view pdf files in Windows 10 supported workstations.
The earlier versions of Windows platforms (Windows 7 or Windows 8) have a universal PDF supported that allow opening PDF files using Acrobat Reader, Adobe Acrobat, or Foxit Reader, or similar programs. But after making an upgrade to Windows 10, PDF files are automatically opened in PDF Explorer even if the Acrobat Reader is installed on the machine.
Microsoft Edge provides only minimal access controls (like zoom in, zoom out, print etc.), and lacks some convenient features, like, sending the PDF as an attachment with Outlook. MS Edge remains the default PDF reader even if the user reinstalls Acrobat Reader in order to access the PDF files. Amid the process, the file can become inaccessible, and MS Edge may indicate some error messages. Simply, Edge users often face issues while opening PDF files in their browser.
Implement the following procedure to set the default PDF viewing settings in MS Edge:
Set MS Edge as the default program for opening PDF files
You may also change your default settings from MS Edge to Acrobat Reader XI, or similar program for opening PDF files. For this:
If the user has changed the default PDF reader from Microsoft Edge to some other program while upgrading to Windows 10, use the following instructions to make Microsoft Edge as default PDF viewer again.
Though Edge is the default PDF viewer in Windows 10, users often refrains to use Microsoft Edge PDF viewer due to various reasons. As the option to change the default settings is available, users try to switch to other PDF viewing programs like Acrobat Reader. However, many PDF inaccessibility issues are often encountered thereafter.