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May 23, 2013
Windows 8 comes with own reader for PDF docs

Windows 8 uses a new reader to open PDF files instead of the Adobe Reader we have been accustomed to for many years. It is a little different to use, especially when you need to copy and print your PDF document. Here is how to find these options.

Turn on your computer and from your colorful Start screen, right-click your mouse anywhere and then click the “All apps” button down in the lower-right corner. When the new window opens, you will see a list of all the applications installed on your computer. Find the icon “Reader” and click it once to open.

If you have opened any PDF documents prior to this, they may be listed here and you can click any one of these to open. If you haven’t opened any PDF documents, click the orange “Browse” box.

Locate any PDF document on your computer and then click it once to open. Once it is open, right-click the document and a menu bar will appear at the bottom. Here you are given numerous options to choose from. One of the most popular is the Print button. Click “Print” to open up a list of available printers.

You can also click the “More” button and then click “Info.” Here you can see when the document was created and the size, and also what permissions are allowed. Click the “More” button again and click “Close file” to close the document.

If you find this change too foreign for you and you want to have Adobe Reader to view your PDF documents again, go to, click the “Download” button at the top and click “Get Adobe Reader.” Follow the instructions to install and then reboot your computer once it is complete. There is one more step so Adobe Reader opens your PDF documents instead of the integrated reader.

We need to change the default program for opening your PDF documents. This is only if you want to have Adobe Reader opening your documents again and you have already installed Adobe Reader.

From your “Start” screen, click your “Desktop” tile. Next, in the Taskbar at the bottom, click “File Explorer,” which is the yellow folder formerly called “Windows Explorer.” When it opens, double-click the “Documents” library. Now, locate any PDF file in your Documents library.

Look under the Type column for a PDF file and right-click it. From the pop-up menu, click “Open With.” Now a small box will open. If you do not see “Adobe Reader” listed, click “More options.” Checkmark “Use this app for all .pdf files,” and then click the Adobe Reader icon. All PDF files should open using Adobe Reader now.

You can reverse this by changing back the default program for opening PDF files. Just follow the instructions above, selecting “Reader” as the app to use to always open PDF files.


Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 12 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at

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