How to make Foxit your default PDF reader

By Scott Nguyen, Integrated Sales and Support

Unless you change the settings, Microsoft Edge is typically the default Web browser and PDF reader for Windows 10. This may suffice if you just want to open and read PDF files, however, if you want a feature-rich application, then making Foxit Reader your default PDF viewer is easy to do. Here’s how.

Setting Foxit Reader as the new default on Mac OSX:

  1. Go to the Mac’s Finder.
  2. Find the PDF file type you’d like to open with a specific app, and select it.
  3. Click on the File menu and select Get Info.
  4. Expand Open with: by clicking on the triangle to the left.
  5. Select the Open with: menu, then choose Foxit Reader to open all documents like that one.
  6. Click the Change All… button.
  7. You’ll get a dialogue box asking you to confirm your choice. Click Continue.
  8. Close the Get Info window.

Setting Foxit Reader as the new default on Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start menu. It’s the Windows logo in the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Click on System.
  4. Click on Default apps.
  5. Click on Foxit Reader to open all PDF documents with it.

That’s all there is to it. Once you have Foxit Reader (or any other Foxit program) installed, you’ll have a full-fledged PDF reader with a lot of other useful features, so this switch may be your last where PDFs are concerned.

8 thoughts on “How to make Foxit your default PDF reader

  1. Dick

    If I download a PDF file, Firefox gives me the option to open it with Foxit Reader rather than simply saving the file. Edge does not. Is there any way I can enable that feature in Edge?

  2. Jonathan Natelson

    Thank you to Foxit Support for correcting this problem. Per instructions from Doris, I downloaded Foxit Reader version 9.3, and Foxit is once again my default pdf reader. I hope other companies can do what Foxit did to overcome this problem and restore their applications as defaults in Windows 10..

  3. Debbie

    Foxit is installed on my computer but It is not in my default apps either is Adobe. I want Foxit as my pdf reader but can’t figure this out.


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