Has anyone else had trouble with their Windows 10 machine resetting their default program for .pdfs to Microsoft Edge no matter how many times you tell it Adobe Acrobat Pro DC? If so, have you found a fix or do I just have to "deal with it". It's getting to be very frustrating -- some days I change it back a dozen times or more. If anyone has any suggestions, I will be very grateful. Thank you.
Try the following work around through registry editing:
and paste the following string value DisablePDFHandlerSwitching then add 1 in the value field
idea taken from this link : https://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/AdminGuide/pdfviewer.html
If the method above doesn't work try these other steps:
Thank you for posting this. I am having the same issue. I followed all of the steps above, and it worked, but ultimately did not fix the problem.
My application settings no longer reset to Edge as the default application, but the files themselves still do . I will go in to the settings and choose adobe acrobat as the default application for .pdf's, but then a few minutes later Windows will reset and no default application will be listed. Therefore, the files will still default to Edge.
I've been trying to fix this problem for over a year and it is driving me crazy. I'm sure it is intentional on Windows part, but there has to be a solution by now!
But to be sure you can try the same guidance as mentioned above with a new user profile account in the same computer.
If it works in the new user account but not in the current user account, then we can assume something is wrong in a temporary cache folder or similar of the current user account that may need to be cleaned or deleted for good (but I may be wrong).
However, I am more inclined to think that you may be missing a step.
When you right-click on a PDF file, select from the context menu "Open with" and then from the next context menu select "Choose another app".
The slide below shows the following options:
Left-click once on "Adobe Acrobat DC" to select the desired PDF handler from the list of programs, and then tick the checkbox below (lower left corner of that context menu) then click OK.
None of the various registry hacks or Edge file renaming/removal tricks worked for me. What did work was:
Ellipsis (…) in upper right
Cookies and site permissions
Set Always open PDF files externally to ON
Thank you for sharing that feedback.
I think that is actually the correct answer.
I have a GPO pushing that, and I still see Edge taking over.
That's nice. Unforetunately, that setting no longer exists. This is what you see now:
The problem is that when MS updates Windows, it is wiping out the user preferences and, consequently, hijacking PDFs to MS Edge rather than Acrobat (or any other brand of PDF reading program). Your preferred program for reading PDFs is ignored by the new version of Windows.
MS's action could be interpreted as "anticompetitive conduct" by the US government's FTC Technology Enforcement Division.
If you are a US citizen, file a complaint with the FTC! See this webpage for information about how to do this. Just takes a simple email to the address listed: https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/bureaus-offices/bureau-competition/inside-bureau-competition/technolog...
Personally, I'm sick of this s*** from Microsoft. It's been happening for 2-3 years. Let's get it stopped.
Thanks for posting that.
Edge should respect the default PDF viewer
Wow, that's nearly a year away... <sigh>
That's how long it's been on the list, not an expected change date.
I've been fighting this issue for 8 years with Acrobat Pro and Edge hijacking the Open Action and the Run action. You can go and reset file associations until you are ready to throw your computer out the window but I promise the association will be re aligned back to Microsoft Edge in a week. I don't know the root cause of what is triggering the rebuild of the associations nor do I know what the source is that it is rebuilding from. But it is certainly a PITA when you are working on a portable document design and all the sudden Microsoft has hijacked it and all your features for design are gone.
Registering this with the federal government is a joke, as it is just a free place to allow people to vent, but nothing is ever done. It's basically like adding your phone number to the federal do not call list. there's no purpose and nothing is ever done. Adobe is the ONLY one that can fix the issue and pursue it with Microsoft as they are the owners! Maybe Adobe should change the extension APF Adobe Portable File and give us a utility that will go change all files to APF.
After 8 years someone needs a solution!!!