Edge Chromuim won't allow PDFs to open in Adobe reader when launched from website

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Our users when clicking on a PDF link from inside Edge Chromium need the PDF to be launched in Adobe Reader and not the browser. (like IE 11 was able to do) We have went through and have verified that all file associations that have the .PDF extension point to Adobe Reader.  However, after that change PDFs linked in a browser (like IRS tax form PDF downloads) still open up in Edge Chromium in the browser. In the past this setting use to be controlled by Adobe in the PDF reader app. However, it is no longer controlled in that.


We have tested this in 2016 server and windows 10 with the latest stable version of Edge with the same results.  How can we have a user click on a PDF url link in Edge and have it open in Adobe reader?


Thank you

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Make sure Acrobat is your default PDF viewer in "Default Apps". Then set Edge to download PDF's (edge://settings/content/pdfDocuments). All PDF will download to the download "Down Arrow" on the menu on right hand side. They've turned this into an Easter Egg. Right Click on the PDF file that has been downloaded and select "Open with system viewer"