May 20 2021 02:47 AM
May 20 2021 02:47 AM
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?
May 21 2021 04:36 AM
May 21 2021 04:52 AM
@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?)
May 21 2021 05:39 AM
May 26 2021 01:26 AM - edited May 26 2021 01:26 AM
Oct 12 2021 07:31 PM
Dec 07 2021 12:56 AMSolution
I wanted the same thing, not needing additional software for the pdf preview in outlook.
Wanting to use edge. However this seems not possible.
I've now found out that when you install Microsoft Power Toys you get a number of cool tools, including a pdf previewer that works in outlook. It is additional software, but at least you don't have to install a separate pdf viewer.
Dec 07 2021 06:41 AM - edited Dec 07 2021 06:49 AM
Thanks for this solution, it works well and it is free. Just what I needed.
Dec 07 2021 06:49 AM - edited Dec 07 2021 06:50 AM
For those who want to install the Microsoft PowerToys collection, here is the link to it in the Microsoft Store:
The specific PowerToy you need to enable the PDF-file previewer is called "File Explorer add-ons".
Jan 14 2022 02:29 AM - edited Jan 14 2022 02:32 AM
Watch-out for this however: should you install, and then uninstall Adobe Acrobat Reader, then your above-mentioned PowerToys solution no longer works, alas. The Uninstaller for Acrobat Reader apparently removes a key component from Outlook for Windows, without which the PowerToys solution no longer works.
See my issue report on Github: