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How to Disable Edge PDF Viewer in Windows 10

PDF files with Windows 10 can be opened without the need to install additional software. In fact, Microsoft Edge, the default Web browser, provides native support for this type of file. But this is a minimal function option that may not meet the needs of users accustomed to using a third party software that are far more feature rich. Most of the people prefer to use Adobe reader to view their PDF files as the software provides a flexible approach to opening, editing, and formatting the files.

Why this happens?

Windows 10 File association protection mechanism is actually what that prevent any form of direct changed to the User Choice in the registry for each form of file. Whenever any no file association is found in the registry or in case any of the application incorrectly makes the hash void to “UserChoice registry key” to the set association then it triggers resetting of files for that program, making it switch back to the default Windows 10 set association.

This means that Edge will or may take over the PDF file default setting due to any reason, after an update or any other cases, and you will be notified about the app reset default setting by the Action Center. What are the possible solutions to this problem? Let us have a glance.

Method 1: Using Settings

  1. Press Windows Key once
  2. Type Default Programs in the Start Search
  3. Click Default Programs from the search results
  4. Scroll down and click Choose default apps by file type

  5. Scroll down until you see .pdf. You should see Microsoft Edge icon on the right side of it (in the right pane)
  6. Click on Microsoft Edge

Click on your desired application to make it default for pdf reading e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader

Method 2: Using Context Menu

You can change the default app for opening any kind of app just by right clicking the file and selecting an option from there as well. Follow the steps given below to change the default apps for any file

  1. Locate the file that you want to change the default app for
  2. Right click on the file and go to Open with. Select Choose another app from the newly opened menu
  3. Select your desired app e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader
  4. Check the option that says Always use this app to open .pdf files
  5. Click Ok

Now whenever you will run the file, it will open through the newly set default app.

Method 3: Using Control Panel

  1. Hold Windows Key and press X
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click Programs
  4. Click Default Programs

  5. Click Associate a file type or protocol with a program

  6. Locate and click .pdf from the list
  7. Now click on Change Program button located on the top right corner
  8. Select your desired program e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader and click Ok

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Now close the window. Now .pdf files always open in your selected app.

Method 4: Using Registry Editor

  1. Hold Windows Key and press R
  2. Type regedit.exe and press Enter. Click yes if it asks for confirmation
  3. Now go to this address HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\Repository\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_25.10586.0.0_neutral__8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Capabilities\FileAssociations. Follow the steps given below if you aren’t sure how to get to this path.
    1. Double click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (from the left pane)
    2. Double click Software (from the left pane)
    3. Double click Classes (from the left pane)
    4. Double click Local Settings (from the left pane)
    5. Double click Software (from the left pane)
    6. Double click Microsoft (from the left pane)
    7. Double click Windows (from the left pane)
    8. Double click Current Version (from the left pane)
    9. Double click AppModel (from the left pane)
    10. Double click Repository (from the left pane)
    11. Double click Packages (from the left pane)
    12. Double click MicrosoftEdge_25.10586.0.0_neutral__8wekyb3d8bbwe (from the left pane). The MicrosoftEdge_25.10586.0.0 is your Microsoft Edge’s version number.
    13. Double click Microsoft Edge (from the left pane)
    14. Double click Capabilities (from the left pane)
    15. Click FileAssociations (from the left pane)
  4. Now locate the line that says .pdf under the Name section (in the right pane)

Remember the number in its Data section. Note the number or take a picture

Now go to this address

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\ AppXd4nrz8ff68srnhf9t5a8sbjyar1cr723. You can do that following the steps given below

  1. Scroll up in the left pane until you are back at the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder
  2. Click the arrow on the left side of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  3. Now double click HKEY_CURRENT_USER
  4. Double click SOFTWARE
  5. Double click Classes
  6. Click AppXd4nrz8ff68srnhf9t5a8sbjyar1cr723. You can easily locate it by looking at the last 3 numbers
  7. Click Edit and select New then String Value

  8. Type its name NoOpenWith and press Enter

  9. If you are using the Windows 10 anniversary update then make a new string with NoStaticDefaultVerb name as well. Follow the steps 7-8.

Once you are done, Microsoft Edge won’t override the default apps anymore. However, after updating your Windows, you might want to repeat this process because Microsoft Edge tends to override the settings once Windows is updated.

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About Kevin Arrows

Hi! I'm Kevin. Thank you for reading the article above. I am a certified MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) with over 10 years of experience. I love to address tech issues, and write tech how-to's in a way that it can be followed by everyone.
  • smarin820

    Tried the first options and it did not work.

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>for /f “usebackq” %i in (`reg query hkcr /f “AppX”`) do reg query %iDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add %i /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.appxDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.appx /v NoOpenWith /t
    ERROR: The system was unable to find the specified registry key or value.

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.appxbundleDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.appxbundle /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f
    ERROR: The system was unable to find the specified registry key or value.

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX04g0mbrz4mkc6e879rpf6qk6te730jfvDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX04g0mbrz4mkc6e879rpf6qk6te730jfv /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX0a117zp2nwhknfdna7edw00c7hzacwewDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX0a117zp2nwhknfdna7edw00c7hzacwew /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX0bs5a1ngrnny0q46fsy6hmk59bt4crpkDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX0bs5a1ngrnny0q46fsy6hmk59bt4crpk /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX0jr688mrddhm2gsn5y1q8jpx5tfsxk7sDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX0jr688mrddhm2gsn5y1q8jpx5tfsxk7s /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX0resaq7r5ermbh4b96ke39yqc1atfhjrDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX0resaq7r5ermbh4b96ke39yqc1atfhjr /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX144vgc9f7bs20fwy51whhkjja2ts0r2dDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX144vgc9f7bs20fwy51whhkjja2ts0r2d /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX20yvfpb997k1arm2zrk47711t71btw9jDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX20yvfpb997k1arm2zrk47711t71btw9j /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX26ms6f55vdd094e29a3sz0jkfsg4q1q6DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX26ms6f55vdd094e29a3sz0jkfsg4q1q6 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX333jbhpaq2hjpyd097614409g4kz15cwDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX333jbhpaq2hjpyd097614409g4kz15cw /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX33k30fsgmfhnzmk0nv1xqcwrsg1ehks1DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX33k30fsgmfhnzmk0nv1xqcwrsg1ehks1 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX3cx04417ybaf9kz7fem54fc937697n6kDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX3cx04417ybaf9kz7fem54fc937697n6k /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX3p914qnpgw4hwj856jw2y286v7d4qnzhDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX3p914qnpgw4hwj856jw2y286v7d4qnzh /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX40nx3azkcssh7ybcbzzjpgf1mg561cyzDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX40nx3azkcssh7ybcbzzjpgf1mg561cyz /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX41a0b71ryxrfm8htxfs9p7jkh10gc0rnDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX41a0b71ryxrfm8htxfs9p7jkh10gc0rn /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX43hnxtbyyps62jhe9sqpdzxn1790zetcDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX43hnxtbyyps62jhe9sqpdzxn1790zetc /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX459h97t0fkhwc4qhs0anhhpxv8efrcqsDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX459h97t0fkhwc4qhs0anhhpxv8efrcqs /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX47jwqdafzcxw9wm0mbb5cev2eav5b1jeDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX47jwqdafzcxw9wm0mbb5cev2eav5b1je /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX4hxtad77fbk3jkkeerkrm0ze94wjf3s9DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX4hxtad77fbk3jkkeerkrm0ze94wjf3s9 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX4j5v7692qeayhwcg2qhwgwbcdyrpwsc0DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX4j5v7692qeayhwcg2qhwgwbcdyrpwsc0 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX4jb6ne914mtd0j2yqgzk8hep1vpwky74DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX4jb6ne914mtd0j2yqgzk8hep1vpwky74 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX4jbzrhvphxte25e0gxha6bq555nrgqzyDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX4jbzrhvphxte25e0gxha6bq555nrgqzy /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX4qfj5jrj259psn161698pvjhwcyjrsq5DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX4qfj5jrj259psn161698pvjhwcyjrsq5 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX4ra53nzs9xcdyxf1wgcp31xefscv1jnkDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX4ra53nzs9xcdyxf1wgcp31xefscv1jnk /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX5sy1gww9q4g2gt941cdxxd7s07xe5vphDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX5sy1gww9q4g2gt941cdxxd7s07xe5vph /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX5vnp0q08m8rjfg2smhmg1tfpzysjd3nbDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX5vnp0q08m8rjfg2smhmg1tfpzysjd3nb /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX5ypmf196y6btc73dmc5dca27wpzdcxvpDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX5ypmf196y6btc73dmc5dca27wpzdcxvp /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX67c0gash277fh9mrfpc9j79z6ysd0bf9DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX67c0gash277fh9mrfpc9j79z6ysd0bf9 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX68ekzed0s1wcaq35v4p7b7xsm6deq96pDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX68ekzed0s1wcaq35v4p7b7xsm6deq96p /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX6c605xvfrk5120ngbx2sesm52jb2kx0gDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX6c605xvfrk5120ngbx2sesm52jb2kx0g /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX6eg8h5sxqq90pv53845wmnbewywdqq5hDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX6eg8h5sxqq90pv53845wmnbewywdqq5h /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX6w6n4f8xch1s3vzwf3af6bfe88qhxbzaDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX6w6n4f8xch1s3vzwf3af6bfe88qhxbza /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX71w4d4qs84ttzstdjbmsvndfjyq5f817DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX71w4d4qs84ttzstdjbmsvndfjyq5f817 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX76e4rtb3ksqv6ckkxghxarhtpngkycy3DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX76e4rtb3ksqv6ckkxghxarhtpngkycy3 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX77ghgzrbzwe6djbdyty6hp5e3z1qryqxDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX77ghgzrbzwe6djbdyty6hp5e3z1qryqx /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX7h8j4eje738p34npjy1ha11z3vx14304DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX7h8j4eje738p34npjy1ha11z3vx14304 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX7nv11hc795928dfdxbjgrnt50tez0eh7DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX7nv11hc795928dfdxbjgrnt50tez0eh7 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX7r3xrfamg28sekhpscvqwcf06xbbr14wDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX7r3xrfamg28sekhpscvqwcf06xbbr14w /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX7rm9drdg8sk7vqndwj3sdjw11x96jc0yDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX7rm9drdg8sk7vqndwj3sdjw11x96jc0y /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX82a6gwre4fdg3bt635tn5ctqjf8msdd2DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX82a6gwre4fdg3bt635tn5ctqjf8msdd2 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX90nv6nhay5n6a98fnetv7tpk64pp35esDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX90nv6nhay5n6a98fnetv7tpk64pp35es /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX9kvz3rdv8t7twanaezbwfcdgrbg3bck0DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX9kvz3rdv8t7twanaezbwfcdgrbg3bck0 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX9rkaq77s0jzh1tyccadx9ghba15r6t3hDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppX9rkaq77s0jzh1tyccadx9ghba15r6t3h /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppXa5q0sm6rab4bbk8faqwhapj4mvw0n9ekDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppXa5q0sm6rab4bbk8faqwhapj4mvw0n9ek /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppXa5vpja1v19hm1jwnx3gfey7qnvxr6rsxDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppXa5vpja1v19hm1jwnx3gfey7qnvxr6rsx /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppXaf0097ws4bwb0wre67gmp7pc9fjr8en6DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppXaf0097ws4bwb0wre67gmp7pc9fjr8en6 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppXak1hygz1tpjjnxhr1pwtcgnkpr24r5e7DefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppXak1hygz1tpjjnxhr1pwtcgnkpr24r5e7 /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppXat1wr3368r1jzgz9zz8eyg83sq5k2xwjDefaultIcon | find “MicrosoftEdgePDF” && reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAppXat1wr3368r1jzgz9zz8eyg83sq5k2xwj /v NoOpenWith /t REG_SZ /f

    • I have updated the article to reflect correct information. Thanks

      • Stephen Law

        Is there a fix for Windows 10 Creator’s Update?

        • You mean disabling it on creators update?