Learn how to set Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC as the default program for opening PDF files.

Microsoft Edge is the default program for opening PDF files on Windows 10. In four easy steps, you can make Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader DC your default PDF program.

How to make Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC your default PDF program

Watch a short video tutorial below on how to set Acrobat Reader DC as the default program for opening PDF files on Windows. Alternatively, follow the steps below the video to do the same.
 


Steps to make Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC your default PDF program:
 
 

  1. Right-click the thumbnail of a PDF file, and then choose Properties.

    Right-click and click Properties
  2. In the file's Properties dialog box, click Change.

    Click Change

    Note:

    If your computer settings are managed by a system administrator, you may not see the Change button. Sign in using an administrator account or contact your administrator to get the button enabled.

  3. Do one of the following:

    If you have Acrobat DC or both Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC, choose Adobe Acrobat DC and click OK.

    Choose Acrobat DC

    If you have only Acrobat Reader DC, choose Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and click OK.

    Choose Acrobat DC
  4. In the Properties dialog box, click OK.

    Click OK in the Properties dialog box

    Now, the PDF files open in Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC.
     

Frequently asked questions

Microsoft Edge is the default program for opening PDF files on Windows 10. You can change the default program for PDF files to open it in a program that’s more suitable and feature-rich, such as Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC.

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software is the free, trusted standard for viewing, printing, signing, and annotating PDFs. It's the only PDF viewer that can open and interact with all types of PDF content – including forms and multimedia.

Adobe Acrobat DC software is the complete PDF solution for working anywhere with your most important documents. It provides simple and consistent user experience across desktop, web, and mobile-including touch-enabled devices.

Follow the links below to get Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC:

You need either Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC. If you have both, Adobe recommends making Acrobat DC the default program for opening PDF files.

You can choose your installed version of Reader or Acrobat as the default program for opening PDF files. Adobe recommends upgrading previous versions of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat to the latest version - Acrobat Reader DC | Acrobat DC.

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