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Mac - Set Default Application for PDFs

This document covers how to set different applications to open PDF files in macOS.

By default, macOS has Preview the built in PDF reader open and render all PDFs. This can be changed with a few simple steps.

1. Find a PDF file.

Find PDF

2. Right-tap (Control key + click) on the PDF. In the menu, select Get Info.
Get Info

3. When the Get Info window appears, expand the Open with section right above Preview.

4. Select where it currently says Preview as the default application.
Change default

5. Pick the desired application.
Pick desired application

6. If you desire that all PDFs open via the new application (not just the one we are currently viewing) click Change All...
Change all...

7. macOS will ask for confirmation of this action. If you wish to proceed, select Continue.
8. Close the Get Info window.

Keywords:PDF default application macOS Mac Macbook set   Doc ID:26046
Owner:Zach G.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2012-08-24 14:10 CDTUpdated:2020-07-20 15:27 CDT
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