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change default pdf readerBy default, Windows 8 comes with a built-in PDF reader called Windows Reader able to read any PDF file on your computer. Windows Reader is the default PDF reader on Windows 8 and that’s means that if you install Adobe Acrobat Reader on your PC, it won’t be able to open and read any PDF files because Windows 8 won’t associate such application to PDF files. If you want to take control of Windows 8 and decide yourself what program must read your PDF files, I have got a nice trick to force Windows 8 to dump Windows Reader in favor of any other PDF reader of your choice!

  1. Right-click any PDF file on your Windows 8.
  2. Choose default program from Open with menu.
  3. Click Adobe Reader X application and tick the use this app for all .pdf files option from the menu.
  4. Done!

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2 Comments to “Change Default Windows 8 PDF Reader to Adobe Acrobat Reader”

  1. Patricia Garrett Says:

    Thank you for letting me know that I could get rid of that stupid windows 8 reader. It would take up my screen and I would have to do task manager to get out. Any more helpful hints would be appreciated.

  2. Scott Says:

    It’s not that easy.

    Windows 8 is so devious you don’t get that option, you only get to pick OPEN not OPEN WITH. W8 automatically changes of the PDF icons to Windows Reader icons and then launches the dreaded Metro Window if you are stupid enough to double click on it.

    You must not be so unfortunate to have a W8 system as of yet. If you are smart you’ll keep it that way.

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