Windows 10 has Edge as its default web browser instead of Microsoft’s traditional web browser, 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 (Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1) have a universal PDF support that allows opening PDF files using Acrobat Reader, Adobe Acrobat, 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. Also, 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.
Set the default PDF viewing settings in MS Edge as given below:
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 a 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.
However, if the user still faces problems while opening PDF files, he may use some third-party PDF repair tool to repair PDF files and restore the file without any alterations.
Though Edge is the default PDF viewer in Windows 10, users are often hesitant to use Microsoft Edge PDF viewer for various reasons. As the option to change the default settings is available, users can try to switch to other PDF viewing programs like Acrobat Reader. But if any PDF inaccessibility issues are encountered even after that, you may try a PDF repair tool.