How to change default PDF software to Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat

If you have both Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, these steps will show how to change which program will open a PDF when you double-click to open.

To set Adobe Reader as the default program you will need administrator rights on the computer.

  1. Open Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat
  2. Click on the ‘Edit’ menu then ‘Preferences’
  3. Click on ‘General’ on the side bar
  4. Click on the button ‘Select Default PDF Handler’.
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  6. Click on the drop down box and select ‘Adobe Reader …’
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  8. Click on ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’ to exit out the dialogs
  9. PDF files will now open in Internet Explorer, using Adobe Reader.