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This article will show you how to fix - Couldn’t open PDF, Something’s keeping this PDF from opening error while opening PDF files in Microsoft Edge.

Earlier, we’ve Reader app available to open PDF files. But Microsoft assigned PDF handling capabilities to Microsoft Edge browser and hence Reader app no longer works with Windows 10. Edge is handy to open PDF files, just like the Reader app but sometimes issue may occur while opening PDF files in this browser. This article talks about common error when blocks Edge from launching PDFs.

Today, while opening PDF files with Microsoft Edge, I got following error:

Couldn’t open PDF

Something’s keeping this PDF from opening.

FIX Something's Keeping This PDF From Opening In Microsoft Edge

As soon as I got this error, I restarted the browser but this didn’t helped. Surprisingly the PDF file can be opened without any error on another PDF viewer applications at same time. I then restarted the browser, but still no help. I also uninstalled the loaded extensions in Edge browser, just to ensure that there is no conflict. Then I tried to re-register Microsoft Edge which did the trick.

So if you’re also facing this issue, here’s how you can fix it.

FIX: “Something’s Keeping This PDF From Opening” In Microsoft Edge

FIX 1 – Via Settings App

1. Right click Start Button or press W8K + X keys and select Settings.

2. In the Settings app, navigate to Apps > Default apps.

3. Now in Default apps section, click on Choose default apps by file type link.

FIX Something's Keeping This PDF From Opening In Microsoft Edge

4. On the next screen, scroll down and look for .pdf (PDF File) and select Microsoft Edge here. If Microsoft Edge is already selected, just re-select it.

FIX Something's Keeping This PDF From Opening In Microsoft Edge

Open Microsoft Edge, and see if you can open PDF file now.

If issue still persists, try FIX 2 mentioned below.

FIX 2 – Reset/Re-register Microsoft Edge

Selecting Microsoft Edge as the default PDF app should resolve this issue but in case it didn’t helped you, try to reset Microsoft Edge first.

You can reset Microsoft Edge app using steps mentioned in this guide. Note that resetting the app will remove the associated app data.

Or if you like, you can re-register Microsoft Edge using the steps mentioned here.

FIX Something's Keeping This PDF From Opening In Microsoft Edge

I believe after re-registering Microsoft Edge, the problem will no longer occur.

Hope this helps!

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