How to Change a PDF Reader in Internet Explorer


Due to the number of programs that may be downloaded to your computer, as well as files received from others, you will inevitably have saved a wide variety of file types and extensions. Explorer, the Internet browser from Microsoft, is set up to open specific file types with a default program. For example, PDF files may be opened automatically using Adobe Reader. These default programs are not set in stone. You can change the default PDF reader in Internet Explorer to your preferred reader.

  • Click on the Windows "Start" button, click "Settings" and select the "Control Panel" option. This action will open a separate window. Click the "Tools" menu and select "Folder Options." This action will open yet another window.

  • Click on the "File Types" tab. Use the up and down arrows in the "Registered file types" section to locate the "PDF" file extension. Click on the "PDF" file extension listing. The default program to open PDF files will be listed in the "Details" section.

  • Click the "Change" button in the "Details" section. This action will launch a separate window. Select the PDF reading program that you want to use as the default in Explorer from the list of program names. If you do not see the PDF reading program that you want to use, click the "Browse" button to locate the program from a list of programs on the computer. Click the "OK" button on the "Open With" and "Folder Options" windows to complete the process of changing the PDF reading program.

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