Changing the default PDF viewer | Revu 2017 & below

In Windows 10

Setting the default PDF viewer requires administrator rights on the computer.
  • Open the Bluebeam Administrator.

Open Revu and click Help > Administrator.

– Or –

Click or press Start , type Bluebeam Administrator and press Enter.

  • Click the Revu tab in the Administrator.
  • Check the Use as default PDF viewer check box and click OK.
  • After changing the default viewer in the Administrator, you also have to select the default app in an Explorer window.
    • Right-click on a PDF on the Desktop or another folder.
    • Click Open with > Choose another app.
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    • Select Bluebeam Revu in the list of apps.
    • Check the Always use this app to open .pdf files check box and click OK.
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Setting Revu as the default viewer in the Administrator also enables Bluebeam as the previewer used by Outlook and Windows Explorer.

In Windows 8.1

Setting the default PDF viewer requires administrator rights on the computer.
  • Open the Bluebeam Administrator.

Open Revu and click Help > Administrator

– Or –

Click or press Start , type Bluebeam Administrator and press Enter.

  • Click the Revu tab in the Administrator.
  • Check the Use as default PDF viewer check box and click OK. The icon for PDF files might change to a white page with a green arrow.
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  • Double-click on any PDF file and a choice dialog will display.
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  • Click Bluebeam Revu in the list. The PDF will open in Revu and the icons for PDF files will change to the Revu icon.
Setting Revu as the default viewer in the Administrator also enables Bluebeam as the previewer used by Outlook and Windows Explorer.

In Windows 7

Setting the default PDF viewer requires administrator rights on the computer.
  • Open the Bluebeam Administrator:

Click Start > All Programs > Bluebeam Software > Bluebeam Administrator

-Or-

Open Revu and click Help > Administrator.

  • Click the Revu tab.
  • Check the Use as default PDF viewer check box and click OK.

The icons for PDF files will change and PDF files will now open in Revu when you double-click on them.

Setting Revu as the default viewer in the Administrator also enables Bluebeam as the previewer used by Outlook and Windows Explorer.


Learn how to make Bluebeam Revu your default PDF viewer to quickly start editing files. Follow our step-by-step guide here.

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