How to Set Adobe Acrobat as Default PDF File Viewer on Your Computer

When you have one of the most well-known PDF creator and viewer app installed on your system, then why to use Microsoft Edge or another app to view PDF document. In the recent version of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Edge browser is used as a default PDF viewer. If you’ve installed Adobe Acrobat on your PC or Mac, then possibly you’ll want to use it to open and view PDF documents directly. You have to choose Adobe Acrobat as the default PDF file viewer in your system. Here’s how to set Adobe Acrobat as the default PDF file viewer on your computer.

How to set Adobe Acrobat as the default PDF viewer program using Open With menu

You can change the default PDF file viewer in Windows from various locations. But, you may mostly remember this at the time of opening a document when the document fails to open or opens in Edge. No worries, set your default PDF viewer while opening a file from the Open With menu.

1.   Navigate to File Explorer window by pressing Windows + E button.

2.   Then locate the folder consists of PDF documents.

3.   View and right-click on the file you want to view in Adobe Acrobat. An option to open in Adobe Acrobat may appear in the menu, but don’t select it.

4.   Go to the ‘Open with’ option to expand it.

5.   Select ‘Choose another app’ (last option) in the sub-menu. This will open a menu with various options to open the document.

6.   Now, you’ll have to choose ‘Adobe Acrobat’ here.

7.   After that, click and check the box of ‘Always use this app to open PDF files’.

8.   Click ‘OK’ to open the file and save Adobe Acrobat as your default PDF viewer.

Now, every time when you double click a PDF file, it will open in Adobe Acrobat.

How to choose Adobe Acrobat as the default PDF viewer from Default App Settings

Alternatively, you can go directly to the Default app settings window and choose Adobe Acrobat for PDF file type. This process is even more straightforward. Here is how.

1.   Click on ‘Search’ (Magnifying Glass or Circle) icon on your desktop to activate the search bar.

2.   Now, enter ‘Default app’ into the field. The items match to your search will start appearing.

3.   Click on ‘Default app settings’ under the Best Match heading.

4.   Now in the window that opens, click on ‘Choose default apps by file type’ option. You may have to go down to view this option.

5.   Find the .pdf in the file type list. You’ll see the current default app for that file next to their name.

6.   Click on the current default app of the PDF file type.

7.   And select ‘Adobe Acrobat’.

Adobe Acrobat is now the default PDF file viewer on your computer.

How to choose Adobe Acrobat as the default PDF viewer in Mac

If your system is running on macOS and you want to use Adobe Acrobat to view PDF onto it, then you can set it as your default PDF viewer program. Here is how.

1.   Launch ‘Finder’.

2.   Then locate the folder consists of PDF documents.

3.   View and control-click on the file you want to view in Adobe Acrobat.

4.   Now, click on ‘File’.

5.   Go to ‘Get info’.

6.   Open the ‘Open With’ menu.

7.   And select ‘Adobe Acrobat’ from the options.

8.   Then click on the ‘Change all’ option.

9.   Select ‘Continue’ on the confirmation message.

You have successfully set Adobe Acrobat as default PDF file viewer on your Mac.

Lucia Mandela is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security threats. Has passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. She writes for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.

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