How to Stop Edge as the Default PDF Viewer

By default, Edge opens the PDF file in Windows 11.

Follow these steps if you don’t want PDFs to open on Edge:

Open Settings by pressing Windows + I.

Hit Apps on the left sidebar.

Click on Default apps on the right.

The “Choose defaults by file type” is on the right. Click on it.

Then, find .pdf and click on Microsoft Edge. If you see a popup, hit Switch anyway in it.

Select the PDF reader of your choice. Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Read: How to Show the Home Button on Microsoft Edge


Alternatively, you can follow these steps to get to the “Default apps” screen:

Open the Control Panel.

Hit Programs > Default Programs if you’re on Category view. Otherwise, click on Default Programs.

Read: How to Remove Extensions on Microsoft Edge

Here is an alternate method to stop Edge as the default PDF viewer:

Right-click the PDF.

Hover your mouse over “Open with” in the context menu.

Click on the “Choose another app” option.

In the popup, choose the app you prefer.

Check Always use this app to open .pdf files.

Hit the OK button.

That’s it.

I hope this guide, “How to Stop Edge as the Default PDF Viewer,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.