PDF files are used for everything from business reports to e-books. In Windows 11, Microsoft Edge often assumes the role of the default PDF viewer. However, users may prefer other dedicated applications for viewing PDFs, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Wondering how to change the default PDF viewer in Windows 11? This guide will walk you through a few ways to change the default PDF viewer.
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Various ways to change the default PDF viewer
There are a few ways to change the default PDF viewer on your Windows 11, and they are explained below:
Here are the steps to change the default PDF viewer from the Windows settings:
Step 1: Go to Settings on your Windows 11, click on Apps in the sidebar and then on the right side of the screen click on the Default apps.
Step 2: In the search box, type .pdf and then click on the default PDF viewer, which in Windows 11 is Microsft Edge.
Step 3: A pop-up box will appear. Select the app you want to set as your default PDF viewer and then click on the Set default button.
Through Right-click menu
You can also change the default PDF viewer from the right-click menu; here are the steps to do that:
Step 1: Right-click on a PDF file on your PC; in the dropdown menu, click or hover on the Open with and then in the sub-menu, click on Choose another app option available at the bottom.
Note that, if you click on any PDF viewer app from the sub-menu, it will open the PDF file with that viewer once, it won’t make it the default PDF viewer.
Step 2: In the box that appears, select the app you want to set as your default PDF viewer and then click the Always button.
Changing your default PDF viewer in Windows 11 is a quick and simple process that allows you to use the application that best suits your needs.
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