How to Allow or Block Microsoft Edge from Opening PDF Files Externally on Windows 11 or 10?

You can open PDF files without any addons, including Microsoft Edge. You can block Microsoft Edge from opening PDF files externally by Registry Editor or Group Policy Editor on Windows 11/10.

In this risewindows article, we will guide you to allow and block Microsoft Edge from opening PDF files externally on Windows 11 or 10.

How to Permit or Stop Microsoft Edge from Opening PDF Files Externally on Windows 11 or 10 using Group Policy Editor?

Do these steps to turn on or off Microsoft Edge from opening PDF files externally on Windows 11 or 10 by Group Policy Editor:-

Step 1Open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. Browse to the following path in the left sidebar of the Local Group Policy Editor window:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge

Step 3. Double-click the policy name Always open PDF files externally on the right side of the “Microsoft Edge” folder.

Step 4. Pick Disabled.

Step 5. Hit Apply.

Step 6. Press OK.

Step 7. Reboot your PC to apply the changes.

After completing the above steps, Microsoft Edge will stop opening PDF files externally on Windows 11 or 10.

If you want to return the changes, repeat the above steps, and in step 4 above, pick the Not Configured option.

How to Allow or Block Microsoft Edge from Opening PDF Files Externally on Windows 11 or 10 using Registry Editor?

Do these steps to turn on or off Microsoft Edge from opening PDF files externally on Windows 11 or 10 through Registry Editor:-

Step 1Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Browse to the following key in the left sidebar of the Registry Editor window:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft

Step 3. Right-click on the Microsoft folder to choose New > Key.

Step 4. Name that new key Edge.

Step 5. Right-click on theEdge folder to choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 6. Name that new REG_DWORD as AlwaysOpenPdfExternally.

Step 7. Double-click on the AlwaysOpenPdfExternally REG_DWORD to set its “Value data” to the following:-

  • 0: stop Edge from opening PDF files externally.
  • 1: Allow Edge to open PDF files externally.

Step 8. Hit OK.

Step 9. Reboot your PC to apply the changes.

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