How to Open PDF Documents in Microsoft Edge?

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    April 18th, 2019
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    February 26, 2021
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Microsoft Edge is a web browser which is introduced by Windows 10 in the place of Internet Explorer. If the user updates his windows to the latest version then Microsoft Edge becomes the default medium for opening PDF files even if the Adobe Acrobat is installed on the computer system. But I am quite sure that some users are unable to open PDF files in Microsoft Edge. They still prefer Adobe Acrobat.

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The reason for not opting Edge is that it doesn’t enable the user to zoom in or zoom out the PDF file the user is unable to send PDF file via attachment directly from the browser. It only helps the user to view PDF and nothing more than that. So I will be telling you both the aspect of how to open PDF Documents in Microsoft Edge and Adobe Acrobat.

First of all, you must change the default PDF viewing setting to Microsoft edge or internet explorer if you want to explore PDF file in Edge browser. So here are some steps that you have to apply:-

Change Default PDF Viewing Settings as Microsoft Edge

  • Open Control Panel.
  • In Control Panel Click on Default Programs.
  • Now Click on Associate a File type or protocol with a program.
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  • Check the PDF Entry and Click on Change Program.
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  • A Popup Menu will appear where you have to click on Microsoft Edge program to open the PDF
  • Now Check the Always use this app to open .pdf
  • Click OK to Confirm and Save the Settings.
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Once you have set Microsoft as the default PDF Explorer then you can open PDF document in Microsoft edge. Sometimes due to some technical issues the user couldn’t open PDF in Edge.So you can use the Acrobat Document Cloud as the default application for viewing the PDF file. For setting default PDF viewing app as Acrobat Reader apply the following steps:-

Setting up Default PDF Viewing Settings as Acrobat Document Cloud

  • Open Acrobat Document Cloud.
  • A popup menu will appear asking whether you want to make Acrobat DC as Default PDF Viewer or not.
  • So Click on Yes.
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  • An Information dialogue will appear on the Screen. Click on Continue.
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  • Set Default Programs will appear on the Screen.
  • Choose Adobe Acrobat DC andClick on Set this program as default.
  • Click OK to Save to Changes.
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Now finally you have set Adobe Acrobat as the defaulting PDF viewing application. Whenever you’ll open a PDF file, it will open on Adobe Acrobat.

I would like to tell you one more alternative to open a PDF file if you are unable to open it on Microsoft Edge or Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud. You can use Acrobat XI or Reader XI. You can set it is as the default medium for viewing files. Let’s see how we can do that:-

Making Acrobat XI or Reader XI as Default Viewing Application

  • Right, Click on PDF
  • Point the cursor on Open With
  • Click on Choose another App
  • A dialogue box will appear with different applications.
  • Select Adobe Acrobat and check on Always use this app to open .pdf
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  • Click on OK.

Now the default application is set to Adobe Acrobat. You can also select Adobe Reader and set it as the Default PDF viewing application.

Note*– You can set only one default PDF Viewing Application at a time.

Well, I have told you the different types of techniques to change the Default PDF viewer Settings. Now you have multiple options to open PDF files using different mediums. But the problem arises when the Microsoft edge browser applications couldn’t open the PDF file.

Then the question arises how to open PDF documents in Microsoft edge if it is showing an error?

Let’s Get Control Over This Error

So there is nothing to worry about because once you update the windows to windows 10 then the Microsoft Edge becomes the default PDF Viewer. But you can change the default settings by applying the steps that I have mentioned above. I hope the other applications might help you to open the PDF Document. But still, you couldn’t open PDF file then there is some problem with the PDF file.

You can use a PDF Recovery tool to repair the corrupted PDF file. All your applications are fit and fine. The problem is with your PDF file if it is not opening in any of the above-mentioned applications. So first repair your PDF file and then try to open it in the viewing applications.

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Well, that’s all from my side. I have told you a different method of changing the default application settings. You can use any application depending on your choice. If none of the application works then the problem is with your PDF file. I have given the solution to this problem as well. You can try a PDF recovery tool. I hope you liked the article and have learned how to open PDF document in Microsoft Edge.

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