How To Set FoxIt As Your Default PDF Reader

Salvaging An Old Desktop Computer

My neighbor threw away her old desktop computer which I decided to salvage for parts, if nothing else. I hooked it up to see if it was even working. It powered up. It tried to load what looked like Windows 10, but wouldn’t, and then it would shut down.

After changing out a lot of parts I had laying around, I got Windows installed (I should have taken some pictures and written an article). This is just a test machine, so I just might do that later.

I used Ninite to install most of my programs. Read How To Set Up New Computer With Ninite to learn more.

One program I installed was Foxit Reader for PDF files, but Windows 10 didn’t set it up as my default PDF reader. It insisted on using Microsoft Edge as the default reader.

How To Set FoxIt As The Default

I insisted on FoxIt, so here is how to remedy that problem. This article is about FoxIt, but the following steps can apply to any program that you want to set up as default. So, click on the Start button, then click on the Settings button.

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In the window that opens, click on the Apps section.

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Then click on Default apps in the left menu.

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If you click on any of the default programs listed, you’ll get a pop-up list of all the possible default Apps for that option, but PDF files and FoxIt were not mentioned.

I scrolled to the bottom and clicked on, Set defaults by app.

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In the next window, click on Foxit Reader. Then a button appears labelled Manage. Click on it.

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It shows all the extensions, handled by FoxIt: .fdf, .ppdf, .xdp, and .xfdf.

But .pdf was originally set to Microsoft Edge. In the image below, I have already changed it.

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I clicked on the Microsoft Edge icon and up popped a window with other options for defaults. Then clicked on FoxIt Reader. If you prefer your browser to handle PDF files, leave it on Microsoft Edge, or set it to your favourite browser.

About the Author

Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990's devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years' experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.


    • No real reason. Just the one I started using since I moved from adobe reader a long time ago.

  1. That worked fine thanks. This will teach me to buy an off the shelf PC. I really should know better at my age!