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How can I set Edge-browser as PDF-file previewer in Outlook Desktop?

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Microsoft Edge is set as the default PDF-handler application in Windows 10 on my pc.

However, in Outlook Desktop, when I click on PDF-files which are attached to a mail message, I get an error message "This file cannot be previewed, because there is no previewer installed for it".

I can only solve this by installing Acrobat Reader, which I do not want to do.

What is the solution?

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Try "SumatraPDF" instead... it's very light
Thanks for the suggestion. But I specifically want to use Edge as my PDF-viewer.

@Paul_VCI guess you'll have to wait until the Edge team implement a preview-handler for Outlook then... though it does seem an odd thing not to be present already.  I assume in Outlook, if you go to File > Options > Add-Ins it's definitely not listed there, or in the Manage > Disabled Items list?

 

I assume there is a shell-handler... do you get thumbnail previews of PDFs in File Explorer with Edge set as your default PDF app? (And if you search for a text-phrase you know is inside a locally-saved PDF, does Windows Search present that in the results -- I'd assume a search-handler exists?)

When Edge is set as the default handler in Windows 10, double-clicking a PDF-file opens it in Edge.
Nothing else works: no previews in Outlook, no previews in File Explorer, no search results.
best response confirmed by Paul_VC (Contributor)
Solution
  • So, there is apparently NO solution, until the Microsoft Edge team implements a "PDF preview handler" for Outlook and for File Explorer..
How do we request Microsoft Edge Team to implement this as a feature, where I can preview PDF from File Explorer when Edge is the the default application to open PDF file and Adobe Reader is not installed?